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Higher Certificate in Design: Inter-Disciplinary Design, NQF5

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


GDC offers a Higher Certificate programme in Design Thinking specifically designed to channel students into our BA Degree programmes in Interior Design, Graphic Design and Multimedia Design. 

The programme equips learners with the fundamentals of design central to the full spectrum of design disciplines providing them with the basics to work across boundaries. The programme also provides the necessary software, graphic communication, prototyping and academic writing skills required for future study, with students gaining a broad knowledge of the design disciplines and their interrelationships.  


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

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

    • Advertising
    • Marketing
    • Visual communication
    • Graphic design
    • Digital Designer
    • Web design
    • UI and UX design
    • Interior decorating, design
    • Architecture
    • Industrial
    • Product design
    • Furniture design
    • Marketing Manager
  • Study Kit

    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.
    • Orientation kit

What you get

On completion the student will earn:  

  • NQF level 5 Higher Certificate in Design Thinking

Additionally you also get

  • Portfolio of Work (world-class portfolio)
  • International certification: certified as either an ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) Photoshop CC or ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) Illustrator

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.

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 specifically allows students to complete elective projects from a range of disciplines including interior design, graphic design, multimedia design, product and furniture design, 2D &3D animation and game design and development.


  • Design Thinking and the Design Process
  • The Design Elements and Principles
  • Visual Communication Methods, Tools and Techniques
  • Drawings and Design Presentations for interdisciplinary design
  • Software for interdisciplinary design
  • Technical competencies for interdisciplinary design
  • 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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