On an international level, the value of design thinking is embraced both within and outside of the design industries. Design Thinking is about being able explore problems, experiment with solutions and arrive at innovative and responsive designs. GDC brings this trend of thought to South Africa, delivering a course that focuses specifically on the creative and critical thinking that is design thinking.The programme caters for students who complete the National Senior Certificate with entry into certificate programmes. Graduates of the Higher Certificate are expected to enter the art or design industry in junior positions, or continue with further study in degree or diploma programmes, either at GDC or other providers.
What to expect while studying this course:
The purpose of the qualification is to lay a foundation in the broad principles and practices of design. The programme introduces learners to creative and visual thinking, design thinking and the design process, visual communication methods, professional practise and the analysis and critique of design solutions. It offers an integrated combination of conceptual and applied skills and prepares learners to become flexible, problem-solving thinkers outside the boundaries of a single design discipline. The knowledge and skills taught are fundamental to many visual and creative professions, and graduates will be able to transfer these to a variety of design specialisations, including visual communication design, interior design, product design and environmental design. Additionally, the programme focuses on learners’ command of the English language, particularly in academic reading and writing pertinent to visual culture and design theoryLearning Outcomes:On completion of the programme students should be able to:
Apply design thinking and the design process;
Utilise a variety of media, tools and techniques to express design ideas;
Schedule and manage a simple design project;
Interpret, analyse and critique design;
Understand simple academic texts, formulate arguments and communicate in an academically acceptable manner
Greenside Design Center college of design exhibited their alumni and student work recently at the Prestigious DESIGN JOBURG, Rooms of View at the Sandton Convention Centre.This events boats thousands of people and media coming through to see the exhibition stands.See http://www.designjoburg.com/ for more info.
Graphic Design student Fatima Mohammed Bahm recently exhibited her work at this year’s Design Indaba, held in Cape Town from 1 – 4 March 2017.
As part of the Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives programme, Fatima had the opportunity to present her work to thousands of festival goers alongside the Conference, FilmFest and Nightscape.
Congratulations to 3rd Year GDC student, now Honours student, Ssanyu Sematimba who has been selected to take part in the second tier of the Emerging Creatives programme. She will be taking part in the Jo-burg exhibition at the simulcast.