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

SAQA ID: 97900, 120 Credits, NQF 5, Higher Certificate in Design: Industrial Product & Furniture Design

GDC offers a Higher Certificate in Design Thinking with a focus on Industrial Product & Furniture Design, NQF5.  

The purpose of the qualification is to lay a foundation in the broad principles and practices of design. The programme introduces learners to creative and visual thinking, design thinking and the design process, visual communication methods, professional practice 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. This Higher Certificate is an elective in Design Thinking with a focus on Industrial Product & Furniture Design in the second semester. 

The elective equips learners with the fundamental toolkit to problem solve and develop creative design solutions within the exciting field of Industrial Product & Furniture Design. From concept to creation, students are introduced to the principles of design, drawing, materials, and manufacturing processes used in the discipline, including the use of new and disruptive technologies such as rapid prototyping, 3D printing, CNC Milling and the influence of the  4th Industrial revolution.  In addition, students acquire the academic reading and writing skills required for further study and qualify with a standalone NQF level 5 qualification.  

 

Features and Benefits

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

  • Greenside Design Center is an authorised Autodesk training centre.

  • Learn leading software used in Product and Furniture Design such as  Autodesk Fusion 360. Additional access to the Autodesk Suite including AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk 3Ds Max is also provided for independent learning.  

               

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

       

  • Contact students get free access to our on-campus specialised labs including our Makers Lab with 3D Printing, CNC Machining and Laser Cutting facilities and the VRLab.  

           

  • 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.  

  • 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.

       

 
  • Access to local and international student award entries

  • Industry exposure from top industry key players

 

  • Specialized LabMakersLab
  • Specialized LabVRLab

The MakersLab gives students the chance to see their designs, ideas and innovations become a reality.

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An interactive space that helps students explore the use of Virtual and Augmented Reality in the visualizing and presentation of data.

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Admission Requirements

 

Hardware Requirements

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

 

 

  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell G15 5535, AMD Ryzen 5, 32GB

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  • Pricing & Payment Options

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  • 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 

    • 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

     

    • Furniture Designer 

    • Furniture Maker 

    • Product Designer 

    • Product Development  

    • 3D Product Modelling 

    • Package Designer 

    • Multimedia artist 

    • Marketing Manager

  • Study Kit

    Your Teacher and Learning Material 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.
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What you get

On completion the student will earn:  

 

  • NQF level 5 Higher Certificate in Design Thinking: Industrial Product & Furniture Design. 

  • Specialized Certificates: Certification in Project Management from Learnfast  

 

         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.

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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
Learning

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
Learning

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.

Throughout the year, the Higher Certificate Programme equips students with the fundamental design skills necessary to progress in any design discipline. It introduces learners to creative and visual thinking, design thinking and the design process, visual communication methods, professional practice and the analysis and critique of design solutions. In the second semester students elect to focus on Industrial Product & Furniture Design. The elective equips learners with the fundamental toolkit to problem solve and develop creative design solutions within the field. 

  

  • Design Thinking and the Design Process. 

  • The Design Elements and Principles. 

  • Visual Communication Methods, Tools, and Techniques. 

  • Drawings and Design Presentations for Industrial Product & Furniture Design. Materials and Prototyping. 

  • Academic Reading and Writing. 

  • Freelance Working Environment. 

  • Workplace Readiness. 

 


 

 

Computer Applications Software:

  • Visual Design Software: Adobe Photoshop; Adobe InDesign; Adobe Illustrator 
  • Software for Industrial Product & Furniture Design: Autodesk Fusion 360 
  • Software access for independent learning:  Access to the Autodesk Suite including AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk 3Ds Max

 

 


 

 

Portfolio Project

The world is changing and with the traditional degree not being a guarantee for employment anymore, students need to show that they do not just have the knowledge, but that they can be innovative and apply the knowledge as well. Employers are increasingly looking for proof of application and competence, especially in the creative fields and the portfolio has become a standard requirement for any job application.  Our course is based on the building of a complete portfolio that will allow the student to showcase skills and abilities at the end of the programme.  

 


 

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
    Type
  • 08 July 2024
    Late Registration In Progress
    15 July 2024
    Full Time, Contact
  • 10 February 2025
    17 February 2025
    Full Time, Contact
  • 08 July 2024
    Late Registration In Progress
    15 July 2024
    Full Time, Contact
  • 10 February 2025
    17 February 2025
    Full Time, Contact
  • 08 July 2024
    Late Registration In Progress
    15 July 2024
    Full Time, Online
  • 10 February 2025
    17 February 2025
    Full Time, Online
  • 08 July 2024
    Late Registration In Progress
    15 July 2024
    Part Time, Online
  • 10 February 2025
    17 February 2025
    Part Time, Online

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