Higher Certificate


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 to 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 uses design thinking in its approach. In particular GDC’s intention is to feed graduates into the other design programmes on offer, which are Interior Design, Graphic Design and Multimedia Design. The programme caters for students who complete the National Senior Certificate with entry into certificate programmes.


Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate, Graduates may then elect a specialisation into either one of the Bachelor Degrees in interior, graphic or multimedia programmes.

What to expect while studying this course:

The purpose of the qualification is to lay a foundation in creative problem solving in all design disciplines, in particular Interior, Graphic and Multimedia 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, multimedia, interior, product 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 theory.

Features and Benefits

· 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;

· A foundational understanding of Interior, Graphic and Multimedia Design;

· Understand simple academic texts, formulate arguments and communicate in an academically acceptable manner

Admission Requirements:

Students are expected to have passed Matric or the equivalent (this requirement can be waived in circumstances where the student can prove prior knowledge or experience)


Full Time 120 Credits

1 year full time

Learning Material

Included in your fees you will have access to all relevant learning material.

Career options

Graduates are able to enter the design industry in junior positions.



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