Gert-Johan Coetzee to give away two bursaries
South African designer to the stars Gert-Johan Coetzee has announced that he will give away two fashion-
industry bursaries for students starting their studies in the 2018 academic year. This is the seventh year that
Coetzee is investing in young talent, to build on his legacy of helping to grow the SA fashion industry. The
bursaries, worth R345 000 in total, cover tuition fees and study materials at the Northwest School of Design
(NWSD), and includes personal mentorship by Coetzee and internships at his studio.
“The fulfillment I have experienced by making a living in the industry that I am passionate about, is what
inspired me make the same thing possible for other young aspirant fashion professionals,” explains Coetzee, who started his own company at the tender age of 23, after qualifying top of his class at NWSD in 2005. “It is possible to make a career in fashion, but you need determination and a will to succeed, aside from having an eye for fashion.” Coetzee is his own best example, having risen to the top of his field before the age of 30 through an unflagging focus on what is required to succeed in the industry.
Coetzee’s bursaries are earmarked for one student focusing on Fashion Design, and another on the newer
Fashion Communication and Buying qualification, which trains students in the business aspects of the industry. Both qualifications are completed over three years and are internationally accredited.
So what do you need to qualify as a potential candidate? Coetzee will be looking for an attitude as much as
talent. “My bursaries are meant to equip students who have what it takes for a career in fashion, so I will select people who display the passion, drive and dedication that I know is required. The successful candidates will have an in-born fashion instinct coupled with a business affinity and the ability to work really hard,” says the man who has made a name for himself dressing the A-list in South African and abroad.
The two candidates who are selected will also receive sewing machines from Bernina to the value of R45 000. Both qualifications allow students to enrol for a fourth-year Licentiateship in Fashion, which is the highest international fashion qualification available in South Africa. North West School of Design is an international fashion college accredited through City & Guilds of London. The successful applicants will join the group of GJC bursary recipients who are currently in the process of completing their studies. Two earlier recipients have already started their own businesses after qualifying at NWSD.
Bursary applications close on 9 October 2017. Click on the following links for your Terms & Conditions and the Online Applications
Gert -Johan Coetzee Fashion Design Bursary - Terms and Coditions
2018 Applications for the R180 000-00 Fashion Bursary is now open. Read More...
Gert -Johan Coetzee Fashion Design Bursary - Online Application
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Gert Johan Coetzee Fashion Communication Bursary - Terms and Conditions
Celebrity fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee plans to grow the South African fashion industry through the Gert-Johan Coetzee bursary programme. Read More
Gert Johan Coetzee Fashion Communication Bursary - Online Application
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"With their hands on approach and care,
the NWSD is the best place to go if you want to make
it as a designer in this cut-throat industry. They don't waste time when teaching you the best techniques and business skill. With a principal that never stops bettering her knowledge and experience and
a very capable staff, it all comes down to the bottom line: The business of Fashion!"
Celebrity Designer & Specialist couturier
NWSD Graduate Class of 2004 & 2005