The Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication Design degree was curriculated to prepare students for a place in the world of visual communication, design, digital and advertising. Through an emphasis on conceptual design thinking, students develop a signature creative skillset as well as an understanding of current market demands, trends and technology requirements. The philosophy of the Graphic Design programme comes from its professional nature. It is concerned with providing an exciting educational experience that encourages experimentation and creativity in order to arrive at diverse and exciting solutions to real design problems, without losing sight of the realities of the visual communication design industry.
The Department has a proud tradition of educating students for Industry and the high calibre of our students has been recognised both nationally and internationally. An Interior Designer is responsible for the structural planning and aesthetic imaging of corporate, retail, commercial and domestic interiors such as restaurants, shops, exhibition stands, bars, hairdressing salons, offices, hotels, function rooms, private homes, etc.
The professional is involved in the total design of these areas and therefore requires a considerable knowledge of all technical aspects such as lighting, air-xconditioning, plumbing, construction methods, as well as internal finishes and furniture selection. As Interior Design is closely related to the world of changing trends, the designer must also have a knowledge of past, current and future fashions and styles. The designer may also be involved in the design of domestic architecture for which he/she would require a knowledge of planning and of building construction methods. The designer is responsible for producing the design concept and then following through with the working drawings, contract administration and supervision of the installation.
He/she would associate and work closely with architects, quantity surveyors, various consultants, building contractors, shopfitters, subcontractors and a variety of manufacturers and suppliers.
Personal Qualites Required
The Interior Designer must have drawing ability, an awareness of current trends and an eye for detail, but more importantly must have a strong creative imagination and an ability to communicate his/her ideas visually and verbally. All these aspects are covered in subjects throughout the course using the latest technologies including CAD. Interior Design is related to the building industry and the designer would benefit by having an aptitude for the technical aspects.
The Senior Certificate or an equivalent qualification with English Language competency as stipulated in the Departmental handbook. Owing to the large number of applications and limited facilities, students may be accepted on the basis of a portfolio, undergo a personal interview and complete a drawing test and questionnaire.
The portfolio is to consist of a minimum of 10 original drawings NOT copied from photographs, in pencil, pencil crayon or other mediums (e.g. ink, pastels, magic marker) comprising of:
- Architectural details
- Man made objects
- Mechanical objects
- Natural forms
- Technical Drawings
Drawings should be on paper and should be submitted in a folder (at the interview), with the applicant’s name clearly HAND LETTERED on the front. The applicant’s name should appear on every drawing.
Motion pictures using fashion and news photographers as their main characters have bestowed on the photographic profession a romantic, fast moving, action packed, highly exciting image, far removed from the reality of photography undertaken by the majority of professionals. Like the other “Art” professions, this image attracts a lot more people to it than the profession can support and, therefore, financial rewards during the early years are lower than in some other professions.
Photography is a profession where an artist with a strong sense of graphic design and pictorial composition uses very sophisticated optical, electronic and chemical methods to create visual pictures that are often required for limited and specific purposes.
Real dedication and an ability to “get on with it” is required to survive. However, photography is a career for those hardworking, artistic people who derive immense satisfaction from the creation of images, opportunities for self-expression, travel and independence. Training incorporates most camera formats and image capturing devices, including electronic image capture, manipulation and output.
Head of Department: Mr NC Human
Tel: 031 373 6022
Campus: City Campus
Graphic Design Secretary: Mrs Parveen Randeree
Tel: 031 373 6648
Fax: 086 674 1026
Campus: City Campus
Interior Design Secretary: Ms Senele Nhlumayo
Tel: 031 373 6503
Campus: City Campus
Photography Secretary: Ms Nomfundo Msomi
Tel: 031 373 5405
Campus: ML Sultan