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Higher Certificate in Design: Industrial Product & Furniture Design, NQF5

SAQA ID: 97900, 120 Credits, NQF 5, Higher Certificate in Design Thinking


GDC offers a Higher Certificate programme in Design Thinking with a focus on industrial product and furniture design.

The programme equips learners with the fundamental toolkit to problem solve and develop 2D and 3D design solutions and develop their expertise in industrial product and furniture design and equip them with the necessary skills to start and run their own business in this rapidly growing industry. Through a variety of problems from concept to creation in the manufacturing field, specifically looking at how new disruptive technologies and paradigms are influencing the field including rapid prototyping, 3D printing, CnC Milling and the influence of the 4th Industrial revolution Students are exposed to a wide range of product types and processes.


Skill sets acquired in this higher certificate programme seamlessly transitions the students into one of our BA Degree programmes. Another plus, is that students graduate with a standalone qualification at NQF level 5


Features and Benefits

  • Greenside Design Center is an authorised Autodesk training centre.

  • Learn critical industry required skills plus the industry-standard software suite including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign with a 1-year student license. 


  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies. 


  • Students get free access to the MakersLab with 3D Printing, CNC Machining and Laser Cutting facilities. 


  • The programme integrates leading software including AutoCAD and Autodesk Fusion 360 accepted by industry at the value of thousands of Rands, a critically advantageous consideration for any employer when considering new designers.


  • Online students, get support from our technology and our support and lecturing staff. The focus is on a blended learning approach. It is a combination of flexible Virtual Class online, at home exercises, activities and project-based.

  • Job placement assistance through our industry network and online recruitment portal, exclusively available to The Greenside Design Center

  • Shared industry skills such as Project Management was added to further maximum employment success. 


  • Involvement in our institution-wide community engagement project known as 10 percent. Our students across all levels of study and all disciplines, come together to form new multidisciplinary teams and apply their design expertise to work with a real community.



  • Design
  • Explore
  • Create

Re-imagine designers
of the future

GDC students have access to the Academic Institute of Excellence's MakersLab

This programmes incorporates the use of the MakersLab. A space where learning, exploration, design, making & testing will take place. It will act as a platform for design & prototyping of products specifically related to space-making.

Casting & Moulding, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, Laser Cutting, CNC Milling!

Admission Requirements

Hardware Requirements

Please note that you are required to have your own computer for this qualification. GDC, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusively to GDC students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:



  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 8GB
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 16GB

R18 000.00

The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 8M cache, base 1.8GHz, to 4.9GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 8GB,1x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, DDR4, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, 1Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory, 4 Cell 53Whr Express Charge Capable Battery, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

R19 500.00

Same foundation, more memory...for those who want to get a little more serious.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 5.6" FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Non-Touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 16GB,2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, 15.6" LCD Display Back Cover, WLAN, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

Salaries & Skills

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  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time 

    • Full Time, Contact Learning (Hybrid), 12 Months
    • Full Time, Online Learning ,12 Months
    • Classes from Monday to Friday, +- 20 hours/week


    • Part Time, Flexi Online Learning, min 12 Months, Max 24 Months
    • Classes conducted after hours over 2-3 sessions/week (on selective Saturdays)

    * Class structures are subject to change without notification. 

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  • Career Options

    • Product Designer 
    • Industrial Designer 
    • Product Design Management 
    • 3D Printing Specialist 
    • Toy Design  
    • Furniture Design 
    • Packaging Design 
    • Plastic Product Design
  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain: 


    • Free Unlimited WIFI (Unlimited, On Campus only) 
    • Autodesk student license valid for 1 year
    • Adobe student license valid for 1 year.
    • Orientation kit

What you get

On completion the student will earn:  

  • NQF level 5 Higher Certificate in Design Thinking
  • Specialized Certificates: Certification in Project Management from Learnfast
  • International Certificate: AutoCAD Essentials and Autodesk Fusion

Additionally you also get

  • Portfolio of Work (world-class portfolio that can be used for job applications)

Our Learning Methods

Our learning methods is a technology mediated delivery model, focused on flexibility, accessibility, and academic support to provide the ultimate learning experience without compromising teaching time and quality.





Full Time, Contact
(Hybrid) Learning

A modern twist on traditional face-to-face, full-time learning. Our contact classes are delivered via Hybrid learning, providing students with the flexibility to attend on campus, virtually, or both.

Full Time, Online

Extending our reach with online only, full time learning. Our progressive technology platform and people-supported academic journey giving students access to our classes from anywhere in the world.

Part Time, Flexi Online

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility to manger your own schedule and pace of learning. Sessions are conducted after hours on selected weekdays, and on alternate Saturdays.

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of an Industrial and Product Designer. 

Throughout the year, the Higher Certificate Programme equips students with the fundamental design skills necessary to progress in any design discipline. But the final twelve weeks of the programme allows students to complete elective projects where they get the opportunity to focus on industrial productand furniture design.


  • Design Thinking and the Design Process
  • The Design Elements and Principles
  • Visual Communication Methods, Tools and Techniques
  • Drawings and Design Presentations for Product Design
  • Materials and Prototyping
  • Freelance Working Environment
  • Workplace Readiness



Design Application and Computer Aided Drawing:

  • Graphic Manipulation (Photoshop)
  • Presentation Page Design & Layout Tools (Adobe InDesign and Illustrator)
  • Using software in 3D (Autodesk Fusion)
  • Using 2D Draughting software (AutoCAD)



Essentials of Project Management Module

This module will prepare students to write their Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam. (Note: CAPM Exam to be arranged by the student)

This course is accredited with Services SETA to the following unit standards:

  • SAQA ID 120372: Explain Fundamentals of Project Management | NQF Level 4, 5 Credits
  • SAQA ID 120379: Work as a project team member | NQF Level 4, 8 Credits

The person credited with these unit standards is able to begin operating in a project environment by understanding the terminology used and interpreting and explaining fundamental concepts of project management. These unit standards will also add value to learners who are running their own business and recognise that project management forms an integral component of any business.


WORE: Workplace Readiness Program through a self-paced assembly

  • Compiling a Portfolio
  • Creating a Curriculum Vitae
  • Creating & Maintaining your social media
  • Seeking Employment
  • Preparing for an Interview
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 31 January 2022
    07 February 2022
    Full Time, Contact
  • 31 January 2022
    07 February 2022
    Full Time, Online
  • 31 January 2022
    07 February 2022
    Part Time, Online

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