Dr René Smith
Dr René Alicia Smith, is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design at Durban University of Technology (DUT). She has worked across sectors and taught at a variety of universities in South Africa. Dr Smith has served on a range of governing boards, including an appointment on the recommendation of South Africa’s Parliament. She is the current President of the South African Humanities Deans’ Association and Chair of SADiLaR, a national Digital Humanities project supported by the Department of Science and Technology. Dr Smith is founding Festival Director of Digifest and Editor-in-Chief of Faculty’s Softcopy publication. She completed her undergraduate qualification at Falmouth College of Arts, now Falmouth University in the United Kingdom. She has a MA cum laude and a PhD in Media & Cultural Studies from University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Deputy Dean Prof Brian Pearce
Secretary to Executive Dean Ms Dita Buthelezi
Admin Assistant Ms Ronicka Sirputh
Faculty Officer Mr Pragasen Reddy
Mr Andile Dube
Faculty Office DUT City Campus
Welcome to Durban University of Technology’s Faculty of Arts and Design, where ideas come to life. As a contemporary faculty we are made up of intellectuals who are energised creative thinkers. Our students are encouraged to create, engage and innovative.
We have a long reputation of producing artists of both national and international stature. A significant number of our graduates are easily absorbed in the job market while the entrepreneurial and venturesome become self-employed and invariably become creators of employment for others.
The Faculty of Arts and Design excels in training students to unlock their expressive and artistic talents. Its philosophy is based on the notion that human talent and potential are unlimited.
The Faculty offers programmes that are nationally and internationally acclaimed. To assist creative students whose high school education was not orientated towards the Arts, the Faculty of Arts and Design offers an extended curriculum programme called Arts Extended.
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HoDs’ Contact Details
DRAMA AND PRODUCTION STUDIES
Head of Department: Prof Deborah Lutge
Secretary: Lebo Sibisi – firstname.lastname@example.org; 031 373 2194
FASHION AND TEXTILES
Head of Department: Mrs Sunthra Moodley
Secretary: Bilkis Razak – email@example.com; 031 373 3750
FINE ART AND JEWELLERY DESIGN
Head of Department – Mr Chris De Beer
Secretary: Queeneth Novuka – firstname.lastname@example.org; 031 373 6600/ 6674
MEDIA LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
Head of Department (Acting) – Ms Ayesha Mall
Language Practice, and Translation & Interpreting Practice
Programme Coordinator: Mr Sibusiso Dlamini
Secretary: Barbara Ndlela – email@example.com; 031 373 6804
Programme Coordinator: Ms Ayesha Mall
Secretary: Lindiwe Ntombela- firstname.lastname@example.org; 031 373 6614
English and Communication (Subject Service Unit)
Programme Coordinator: Ms Terry Herd
Secretary: Portia Mseleku – email@example.com; 031 373 2823 / 6767
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Head of School (Acting): Dr Mamothibe Thamae
Secretary: Upasna Rampersadh – UpasnaR@dut.ac.za ; 033 845 8927
Head of Department (Acting): Prof Brian Pearce
Secretary: Wendy Hein – firstname.lastname@example.org; 031 373 6627
VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN
Head of Department (Acting): Mr Nic Human
Programme Coordinator: Mr Nic Human
Secretary: Parveen Randeree – email@example.com; 031 373 6648
Programme Coordinator: Sue Barrett
Secretary: Senele Nhlumayo – firstname.lastname@example.org; 031 373 6503
Programme Coordinator: Dr Abdul Bhorat
Secretary: Nomfundo Msomi – email@example.com; 031 373 5430
DUT Arts and Design Digital Festival #Digifest
The festival is a celebration of the arts and technology. It seeks to facilitate inter disciplinary teaching and learning practices in design, creative and performing arts, as well as to showcase student and staff work. Simultaneously, the festival aims to promote collaboration and partnerships in the integration of technology and digital media in the arts.
Faculty Newsletter: Softcopy
Softcopy is a direct response to calls for improved communication as identified at the outset of the Faculty of Arts and Design strategic planning process.
Part of our commitment to engagement includes opening up to the public; hosting weekly research seminars, national and international guests, as well as promoting student and staff exchanges.
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