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International Credentials

INTERNATIONALLY VERIFIED

Greenside Design Center prides itself on its numerous international credentials and holds annual portfolio reviews (exams) that are moderated by local design educators and verified by international designers and design educators. These reviews are performed across our graphic, interior and multimedia design courses.

By having our students’ work verified through this rigorous process, we ensure it is benchmarked against the highest international credentials and standards from the very first year of study. Honours students in our graphic design, interior design and multimedia design courses have the opportunity to present their work and get direct feedback from moderators from around the world. To date, GDC’s verifiers have come from numerous countries, most recently Denmark, Belgium, Australia, Israel and the U.S. We are also privileged to have moderators from prestigious institutions such as the European Council for Interior Architects, Architects Council of Europe, International Council of Graphic Design Associations and Pentagram.

ACCREDITATIONS:

• Greenside Design Center is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (certificate number 2000/HE07/28).
• All programmes are registered by the South African Qualifications Framework (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
• All our graphic design, interior design and multimedia design programmes are accredited by the Council on Higher Education.

LOCAL LINKS:

DEFSA
Ivor Templer is a Board Member of the Design Education Forum of South Africa.
IID PROFESSIONALS
The South African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID) is the only professional body representing the Interior Design industry in South Africa.
ISTD
International Society of Type Designers.

INTERNATIONAL LINKS:

ICO-D
The International Council of Design is a world body for design promoting design excellence. Professor Des Laubscher from GDC is a current Executive Board Member. Ivor Templer, Robin Turner and Kathryn Pope are active contributors to the Council.
CUMULUS ASSOCIATION
This is an international network of art, design and media colleges and universities comprising of the world’s top 200 institutions. Membership is by invitation only and GDC was the first African Member. GDC hosted the 2014 International Cumulus Conference in partnership with the University of Johannesburg co-editing the proceedings.
KOLDING DESIGN SCHOOL
Kolding is the top art and design college in Denmark. Two GDC students have participated in their Annual Master Class each year, working alongside Masters level students in a one week workshop.
IDEA COLLECTIVE
Innovate Design Education Africa is a newly formed interest group that promotes design at basic, further and higher education level in South Africa. GDC is a founding member and active participant.
LUCA SCHOOL OF ARTS
LUCA is a highly renowned school with campuses in five countries. GDC and LUCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2015, which facilitated a student exchange in 2016/2017.
ECV
Meike Krause, the director of the Graphic Design department, joined us as a verifier in 2016. A Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions is currently underway.
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTS/DESIGNERS
Professor Laubscher from GDC is a past president of this global voice for professional Interior Architects/Designers.
KONKUK UNIVERSITY
GDC has a Memorandum of Understanding with the university which is based in Korea.

MORE RESOURCES:

DESIGN MIND
A network where Southern Africa’s building, design and specification professionals keep in touch via social media.
BIZ-COMMUNITY
Bizcommunity.com, South Africa’s leading B2B website, focuses on South Africa’s advertising, marketing, media, retail and associated sectors.
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