Dr René Smith

RS4Position: Executive Dean:
Faculty of Arts and Design
Tel: 031 373 6517
Email: ditab@dut.ac.za




Dr René Alicia Smith is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design. She is the first woman President of the South African Humanities Deans’ Association and Chairperson of the Steering Committee of South African Centre for Digital Language Resources. Dr Smith is founding Festival Director of the Arts and Design Digital Festival (Digifest) and was recently appointed to the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Advisory Panel on Creative Outputs and Innovations. She has served on a range of governing boards and prior to returning to academia, worked across sectors; consulting on media, gender and development projects in Southern African. Dr Smith completed her undergraduate qualification at Falmouth College of Arts, now Falmouth University in the United Kingdom. She holds a MA cum laude from University of Natal and a PhD in Cultural and Media Studies from University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has taught at a variety of institutions of higher education in South Africa and is co-editor of Sociology: A South African Perspective.

Deputy Dean Prof Brian Pearce
Faculty Office: DUT City Campus
Tel: 031 373 6317
Email: ronickas@dut.ac.za

Secretary to Executive Dean Ms Dita Buthelezi
Tel: 031 373 6517
Email: ditab@dut.ac.za

Admin Assistant Ms Ronicka Sirputh
Tel: 031 373 6317
Email: ronickas@dut.ac.za


Pragasen ReddyFaculty Officer Mr Pragasen Reddy
Tel: 031 373 6522
Email: reddyp@dut.ac.za



Information and Communications Officer Mr Andile Dube
Tel: 031 373 6455
Email: andiled@dut.ac.za

Faculty Office DUT City Campus
Tel: 031 373 6520
Fax: 031 373 6518


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.



  • To be a preferred Faculty for Design and the Arts


  • To educate and inspire a new generation
  • To advance creativity
  • To engage interdisciplinary knowledge


  • Discovery
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Ubuntu
  • Professionalism














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HoDs’ Contact Details


Head of Department: Prof Deborah Lutge

Secretary: Lebo Sibisi – lebohangs@dut.ac.za; 031 373 2194




Head of Department: Mrs Sunthra Moodley

Secretary: Bilkis Razak – bilkisr@dut.ac.za; 031 373 3750




Head of Department – Mr Chris De Beer

Secretary: Queeneth Novuka – queenethn@dut.ac.za; 031 373 6600/ 6674




Head of Department (Acting) – Ms Ayesha Mall

Language Practice, and Translation & Interpreting Practice

Programme Coordinator: Mr Sibusiso Dlamini

Secretary: Barbara Ndlela – ndlela@dut.ac.za; 031 373 6804



Programme Coordinator: Ms Ayesha Mall

Secretary: Lindiwe Ntombela- lindiwenp@dut.ac.za; 031 373 6614



English and Communication (Subject Service Unit)

Programme Coordinator: Ms Terry Herd

Secretary: Portia Mseleku – portiam1@dut.ac.za; 031 373 2823 / 6767



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 – wendyh@dut.ac.za; 031 373 6627




Head of Department (Acting): Mr Nic Human

Graphic Design

Programme Coordinator: Mr Nic Human

Secretary: Parveen Randeree – parvenr@dut.ac.za; 031 373 6648


Interior Design

Programme Coordinator: Sue Barrett

Secretary: Senele Nhlumayo – senelen@dut.ac.za; 031 373 6503



Programme Coordinator: Dr Abdul Bhorat

Secretary: Nomfundo Msomi – nomfundom1@dut.ac.za; 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.

Facebook: DUTDigiFest

Twitter: @DigitalArtFest

Instagram: @dutdigifest_

#DUTDigifest   #loveArtandDesign

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.

Read the newsletter here: