The Design School Southern Africa

Introduction
DSSA

An education in design is no different than design itself. It should be well planned, contemporary and, above all, creative. That’s our philosophy at The Design School Southern Africa (DSSA).

The Design School Southern Africa (DSSA) was founded in 1990, and today is a key division of The Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd (The IIE), which is the leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa.

IIE graduates from The Design School Southern Africa (DSSA) are well respected throughout the design industry. This is because The Design School Southern Africa (DSSA) balances natural creative potential with vocational preparedness via academic excellence and industry experience. Small classes allow for an inspirational, adaptable and innovative learning environment; to give students the best chance of success in an exciting, challenging industry.

If you are passionate and have a natural flair for design, The Design School Southern Africa (DSSA) will help you build the foundation you need to make a success of your chosen career.

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BA Fashion Design

Campus Full time 3 years February 2017 South Africa Pretoria Durban Johannesburg + 2 more

The IIE BA degree in Fashion Design is a comprehensive three year degree aimed at students who want to enter the fashion industry. This qualification has a strong relevance for Southern Africa but has also been designed to meet international needs and standards. Our philosophy is to develop the innate creativity of our students so that they may find their studies enriching and rewarding and gain confidence whilst enhancing their design, business, research and academic skills at the same time. [+]

BA Fashion Design The IIE BA degree in Fashion Design is a comprehensive three year degree aimed at students who want to enter the fashion industry. This qualification has a strong relevance for Southern Africa but has also been designed to meet international needs and standards. Our philosophy is to develop the innate creativity of our students so that they may find their studies enriching and rewarding and gain confidence whilst enhancing their design, business, research and academic skills at the same time. Concept development and design Students are taught the various stages of the fashion design process using a hands-on approach. Students learn how to develop and visualise concepts for various themes, ranges, styles and target audiences. At third year level students are required to research, analyse and interpret forecasted fashion trends and be client focused while combining their knowledge of advanced pattern and garment construction techniques with the design of their own range. Each student is guided in developing a professional portfolio for presentation to potential employers. Fashion technology and production Students master production technologies relevant to fashion production. For example, students learn how to make technical drawings, construct patterns and garments and deepen their understanding of the properties of textiles. Students are trained on industry relevant software and have access to fully equipped digital studios. Entrepreneurship, marketing and the retail environment Students are introduced to retail processes such as the selection, acquisition and managing of ranges and accessories, visual merchandising, fashion marketing and the study of trends. Students also learn the fundamentals of starting and managing an own small business, the development of an own fashion brand and the writing of a business plan (third year). Culture and design Students engage with various multidisciplinary contexts such as cultural and symbolic implications of design, the development of the design industry, design for sustainability and design as ethical, professional practice. Strong emphasis is placed on design research, which includes investigating users and target audiences. Industry exposure and networking Fashion design students take part in various exiting events during their three years of study such as Fashion Weeks and Pop-up shows. In addition to this, students are required to embark an internship to gain industry experience. Many of our lecturers teach part-time, and are actively involved in the fashion and design industry. Student work is showcased at our year end exhibition, where industry representatives are invited to view the work and meet our students. Modules Year 1 Fashion Design and Concept Development​ Pattern Construction Garment Construction Textiles Fashion Technology Fashion History Fashion Illustration Techniques Design Culture Year 2 Fashion Design and Concept Development Fashion Studio: Construction Fashion Technology Fashion Retail and Branding Fashion Retail and Trends Design Culture Fashion Illustration Techniques Year 3 Fashion Studio: Design Fashion Studio: Construction Fashion Technology Fashion Illustration Techniques Design Culture Become A Fashion ​Designer Fashion Stylist Fashion Buyer and Merchandiser Fashion Entrepreneur Fashion Magazine Journalist/Blogger Fashion Production Manager Garment Technologist/Pattern Maker Visual Merchandiser Entry Requirements A NSC with Degree admission- A minimum of 30 % for English coupled with a minimum of 50% for four x DESIGNATED NSC subjects (This excludes LO which is a 10 credit subject but includes English); OR A NC(V) with Degree admission – A minimum of 60 % in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level AND Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy AND Life Orientation, with a minimum of 70% in the four compulsory vocational subjects is required; OR A SC (with endorsement) or equivalent; OR Alternatively a Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate, 240 or 360 credit Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies. If a Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate, 240 or 360 credit Diploma or Advanced Diploma is not in a cognate field, then at least 20 % of the credits of such qualification must relate to academic literacy or academic skills in order for an applicant to be admitted to degree studies. Additional Admission Requirements: All candidates are required to submit a creative portfolio​ General requirements for undergraduate degrees: All applicants for The IIE undergraduate degree studies, including international students, are required to write the Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) – National Benchmark Test (NBT), unless they have attained the age of 23 by the time they register. The AQL – NBT is used for placement in student support programmes and does not replace the admission requirements for a specific degree programme. Applicants who achieve a score lower than 63% are required to register for and successfully complete the two Academic Literacy, Introduction to Scholarship modules (ITSA and ITSB). Applicants who do not write the AQL - NBT prior to admission will automatically be registered for ITSA and ITSB whether or not these are credit bearing modules in their qualifications. These candidates may, on provision of an AQL - NBT score of 63% or above, be exempted from one or both the modules if and only if these are not credit bearing modules in their qualifications. For candidates who are completing the modules as a result of the low AQL - NBT score or who did not provide an AQL - NBT score, successful completion of ITSA and ITSB is a pre-requisite for registering for any third year modules and thus any student who has not completed ITSA or ITSB in their first year of study will be required to do so in their second year. Where ITSA or ITSB is credit bearing in the qualification concerned, successful completion of one or both (depending on the curriculum structure) is also a graduation requirement. [-]

BA Graphic Design

Campus Full time 3 years February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg Pretoria Durban + 2 more

The Graphic Design Industry represents one of the largest industries within applied visual arts. This gives people with the right qualification a wide range of excellent career prospects. The IIE BA degree in Graphic Design is an intensive three year full time qualification, designed to supply students with a sound platform from which to enter this dynamic and expanding field. [+]

BA Graphic Design The Graphic Design Industry represents one of the largest industries within applied visual arts. This gives people with the right qualification a wide range of excellent career prospects. The IIE BA degree in Graphic Design is an intensive three year full time qualification, designed to supply students with a sound platform from which to enter this dynamic and expanding field. The aim of the programme is to develop flexible, creative minded individuals capable of working within this rapidly evolving discipline. It exposes students to the entire design process and offers a holistic approach to graphic design as a creative career. Students will learn to apply the correct equipment, materials and techniques to a range of processes, utilising both computer graphics and traditional techniques. Integration and experimentation across subject areas are actively encouraged and students are offered the opportunity to develop a professionally tutored portfolio of work suitable for application to the industry. After successfully completing the BA degree in Graphic Design, students can continue their studies with the BA Honours degree in Graphic Design (please contact the relevant campus regarding admission requirements) Modules Year 1 Design Culture 1 Drawing 1 Illustration 1 Graphic Design 1 Graphic Design Technology 1 Photography 1 Year 2 Graphic Design Technology 2 Graphic Design 2 Drawing 2 Illustration 2 Photography 2 Design Culture 2 Year 3 Graphic Design 3 Design Culture 3 Graphic Design Technology 3 Illustration 3 Photography 3 Business Practice 3 Become A ​Graphic Designer Creative Director Layout & Editorial Designer Illustrator Branding Designer Photographer Web Designer Packaging Designer Motion Graphic Designer Entry Requirements A NSC with Degree admission- A minimum of 30 % for English coupled with a minimum of 50% for four x DESIGNATED NSC subjects (This excludes LO which is a 10 credit subject but includes English); OR A NC(V) with Degree admission – A minimum of 60 % in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level AND Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy AND Life Orientation, with a minimum of 70% in the four compulsory vocational subjects is required; OR A SC (with endorsement) or equivalent; OR Alternatively a Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate, 240 or 360 credit Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies. If a Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate, 240 or 360 credit Diploma or Advanced Diploma is not in a cognate field, then at least 20 % of the credits of such qualification must relate to academic literacy or academic skills in order for an applicant to be admitted to degree studies. Additional Admission Requirements: All candidates are required to submit a creative portfolio​ General requirements for undergraduate degrees: All applicants for The IIE undergraduate degree studies, including international students, are required to write the Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) – National Benchmark Test (NBT), unless they have attained the age of 23 by the time they register. The AQL – NBT is used for placement in student support programmes and does not replace the admission requirements for a specific degree programme. Applicants who achieve a score lower than 63% are required to register for and successfully complete the two Academic Literacy, Introduction to Scholarship modules (ITSA and ITSB). Applicants who do not write the AQL - NBT prior to admission will automatically be registered for ITSA and ITSB whether or not these are credit bearing modules in their qualifications. These candidates may, on provision of an AQL - NBT score of 63% or above, be exempted from one or both the modules if and only if these are not credit bearing modules in their qualifications. For candidates who are completing the modules as a result of the low AQL - NBT score or who did not provide an AQL - NBT score, successful completion of ITSA and ITSB is a pre-requisite for registering for any third year modules and thus any student who has not completed ITSA or ITSB in their first year of study will be required to do so in their second year. Where ITSA or ITSB is credit bearing in the qualification concerned, successful completion of one or both (depending on the curriculum structure) is also a graduation requirement. [-]

BA Honours Degree in Graphic Design

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 South Africa Pretoria Durban Johannesburg + 2 more

​​​​The Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Graphic Design is aimed at students who desire to engage with graphic design on a higher intellectual and professional level. It allows students to specialise in a sub-discipline within graphic design and prepare them for further post-graduate study in the field of design. [+]

BA Honours Degree in Graphic Design The Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Graphic Design is aimed at students who desire to engage with graphic design on a higher intellectual and professional level. It allows students to specialise in a sub-discipline within graphic design and prepare them for further post-graduate study in the field of design. This qualification combines the application of theory and basic research practice to direct the reach of design solutions more specifically at an intended target market, and deliver a visual message effectively for maximum impact. Students will learn to challenge conventional design thinking to develop and apply more refined and innovative thinking processes which considers the impact and effectiveness of proposed solutions. The outcomes of this qualification will be achieved by embracing two areas: the first focuses on the analysis of contemporary design approach, visual cultures and research, the second on innovation and practical application to achieve well defined design objectives. Students will analyse various theoretical frameworks within the context of design and will develop the ability to critically analyse and evaluate information to structure appropriate plans to meet objectives which will be used to draft a research proposal. They will conduct their own research to inform and support a design solution. They will also be required to establish high level of conceptual and technical competence in graphic design, using a variety of appropriate media. Students will confront complex design challenges which require the development of visual solutions and application of innovative visual styles. They will independently develop a body of visual outputs rooted in research findings that will be critiqued against the defined solution objectives. Modules Contemporary Design Discourse Research Methodology Graphic Solution Design A Graphic Solution Design B Research Practice A Research Practice B Become A ​Graphic Designer Creative Director Art Director Layout & Editorial Designer Illustrator Desktop Publisher Lecturer Entry Requirements ​​An appropriate Degree in Graphic Design or equivalent qualification with a minimum final year average of 60%,normally [-]

BA Interior Design

Campus Full time 3 years February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg Pretoria Durban + 2 more

The IIE BA Degree in Interior Design has specifically been designed to meet the requirements of the challenging and expanding fields of interior design such as corporate, retail, hospitality, exhibition and residential design. This qualification provides students with a clear understanding of three dimensional design analysis, scale/proportion, spatial sequence and other architectural components. Students are encouraged to develop a thorough and imaginative approach to creative problem solving in the context of any human environment. [+]

BA Interior Design ​​​​​​​​​The IIE BA Degree in Interior Design has specifically been designed to meet the requirements of the challenging and expanding fields of interior design such as corporate, retail, hospitality, exhibition and residential design. This qualification provides students with a clear understanding of three dimensional design analysis, scale/proportion, spatial sequence and other architectural components. Students are encouraged to develop a thorough and imaginative approach to creative problem solving in the context of any human environment. Lateral design approaches are developed in which briefs are solved at a variety of levels and with an integrated experimental approach to problem solving. Design briefs encourage students to engage with design influences such as: economics, ergonomics, anthropometrics, cultural influences, social context and location. Students will also be introduced to various interior design applications including drawing, presentation, surveying, material studies, construction, specifying, context and history of design, draughting and computer-aided design (CAD).​ Modules Year 1 Architectural Draughting 1 Design Culture 1 Drawing 1 Illustration 1 Building Construction 1 Interior Design 1 Interior Design technology 1 Year 2 Architectural Draughting 2 Building Construction 2 Interior Design Technology 2 Interior Design 2 Drawing 2 Design Culture 2 Year 3 Interior Design 3 Design Culture 3 Interior Design Technology 3 Working Drawings 3 Business Practice 3 Become A ​Corporate Designer Retail Designer Hospitality Designer Residential Designer Exhibition Designer Entry Requirements A NSC with Degree admission- A minimum of 30 % for English coupled with a minimum of 50% for four x DESIGNATED NSC subjects (This excludes LO which is a 10 credit subject but includes English); OR A NC(V) with Degree admission – A minimum of 60 % in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level AND Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy AND Life Orientation, with a minimum of 70% in the four compulsory vocational subjects is required; OR A SC (with endorsement) or equivalent; OR Alternatively a Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate, 240 or 360 credit Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies. If a Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate, 240 or 360 credit Diploma or Advanced Diploma is not in a cognate field, then at least 20 % of the credits of such qualification must relate to academic literacy or academic skills in order for an applicant to be admitted to degree studies. All candidates are required to have passed Maths or Mathematical Literacy/ Maths SG; Additional Admission Requirements: All candidates are required to submit a creative portfolio​ General requirements for undergraduate degrees: All applicants for The IIE undergraduate degree studies, including international students, are required to write the Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) – National Benchmark Test (NBT), unless they have attained the age of 23 by the time they register. The AQL – NBT is used for placement in student support programmes and does not replace the admission requirements for a specific degree programme. Applicants who achieve a score lower than 63% are required to register for and successfully complete the two Academic Literacy, Introduction to Scholarship modules (ITSA and ITSB). Applicants who do not write the AQL - NBT prior to admission will automatically be registered for ITSA and ITSB whether or not these are credit bearing modules in their qualifications. These candidates may, on provision of an AQL - NBT score of 63% or above, be exempted from one or both the modules if and only if these are not credit bearing modules in their qualifications. For candidates who are completing the modules as a result of the low AQL - NBT score or who did not provide an AQL - NBT score, successful completion of ITSA and ITSB is a pre-requisite for registering for any third year modules and thus any student who has not completed ITSA or ITSB in their first year of study will be required to do so in their second year. Where ITSA or ITSB is credit bearing in the qualification concerned, successful completion of one or both (depending on the curriculum structure) is also a graduation requirement. [-]