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The Stellenbosch Institute of Photographic and Multimedia Institute is a specialized and career orientated college founded in 1996 by the renowned photographer, graphic designer, moviemaker, pilot and diver, Charl Best. To date he is the principal of Sips and guarantee hands-on practical tuition.

Full-time you can choose either Photography, Video production, Graphic design or Photo-& TV make-up as your yearly main subject which you will do in the first and second semester. Additionally you can also take Adobe Photoshop, Web design, Event management, Animation, Interior design, Programming or Fashion styling as extra subjects. This course will prepare you to be industry ready. Our students get the opportunity to visit top photography, design and movie studios and exhibitions in Cape Town and Stellenbosch. See more details below.

Part-time courses to choose from are a Flexible Digital Photography Course, Evening Photography course, Photoshop Beginner and Advanced and Videography and Editing, CorelDraw, Illustrator, Photo-and TV. Make-up, One-on-One Photography Course, Holiday courses in video & photography for scholars and Point-and-Shoot camera Course.

Workshops presented by Charl Best over one or two days are Studio lighting, Art photography, Darkroom techniques, Landscape, Wedding photography, Macro and Nude photography.

Tours that is personally guided by Charl Best are action photography workshops to Ski in Europe,scuba/documentary/underwater/photography to Thailand, Mozambique,  Winelands Photo walk with a nude model.

Starlight Studio’s & Design Cafe, run by Charl Best in Stellenbosch and in existence for 29 years. Specialties are – Portraits, Weddings, Pack shots, High fashion, Promotional shoots, Food, Wine, Jewellery, Band promotional photography, Industrial and Aerial,  Event coverage
Family and pregnancy portraits documentary and VIDEO PRODUCTION, 3D movies, editing and studio hire. Production stills for films, Promotional shoots for bands, Live music photography & video, Studio or location portfolio shots for models, stylists, make-up artists and hair stylists, One-on-one photography classes at your home, Graphic designs of corporate ID., websites, cards, posters or Billboards.

Model agency in-house: Charl train and use models and promoters for starlight shoots and for our student, so if you’d like to model for us, then join “models in Stellenbosch” at facebook.

Students are guaranteed personal attention and we keep groups small. We will help you to apply for work on cruise ships and recruit photographers to work in the Caribbean islands. Our students work in the top graphic design studios and advertising photo studios in Cape Town. Also on movie sets and as make-up artists. Job opportunities as Photographer, Graphic Designer, Lab Assistant, Photo Retouching, Film Maker, Video Editor, Movie Producer, Stylist, Make-up Artist, Animator, event manager, fashion stylist – just a few to mention!

More about the founder and head at Sips.

Charl Best  founder and head at Sips. studied art in Worcester and at  the University of Stellenbosch. He obtained a business management diploma.  He worked at Media 24 and Perskor as a photographer and journalist. Charl did applied scientific photography at the council for scientific and industrial research in Stellenbosch and specialised in oceanology, chronocycle, aerial and ultraviolet photography.

He had over 15 one-man photography exhibitions, nationally and internationally. In 1984 Charl founded Starlight Studios and Best Models, which are still operating to date. He founded the Stellenbosch Institute of Photography & Multimedia Studies (Sips). in 1996, The Cape Town Institute in 2015 and to date principal of these multi media institutions.His photographs appeared in leading newspapers and international magazines. His has experience of over 28 years in photography, which  includes press and magazine photography, scientific, documentary, commercial, advertising, fashion, landscape, wedding and art photography.

Charl is also a prominent producer and have made numerous movies and also teaches video production at SIPS. He is a noted educator, photographer, scuba diver, yachtsman and ex-pilot. He regularly takes his students and members of the public, who are keen on both traveling and photography, on guided photographic tours to Thailand, Mozambique, Greece and Turkey.

Besthouse – Studio Apartment Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, Western Cape, ZA, western cape, South Africa

Our studio apartment with kitchen, shower room, lounge is very spacious, 100 sq. meters. Overlooking the University town Stellenbosch and in a quiet cul de sac. Only 1.2 km from the town centre. Be…




The Best Photography, Graphic Design & Video Production training in South Africa. Nineteen years in existence –  The oldest and well established private multimedia Institute  in the Western Cape.