BA Graphic Design


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Program Description

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, utilizing 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)


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

  • An 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
  • An 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
  • An 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 for 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 the 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.

Cost & Fees

Full Settlement Per Annum: R68,000

Instalment Fee (10 months): R72,500

Deposit (Applicable to both fees): R10,000

Last updated Feb 2018

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About the School

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 provide ... Read More

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. Read less
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