The aim of this Honours qualification is to expand your existing knowledge, understanding and experience of design as a process and a way of thinking. Postgraduate studies also serve to refine your professional expertise in your chosen discipline by exploring fundamental theories, you will gain specialist knowledge and techniques in your chosen field of design at an advanced level when completing real-world relevant research and design projects.
To further develop your professional capabilities in applying design thinking to complex problems we will challenge you to design in different contexts. These contexts include; sustainability, industry and entrepreneurship, user experience, project management, online education and communities. Successfully completing the qualification prepares you for further postgraduate study by providing the opportunity to learn about research methodologies, techniques and methods and to apply these to a capstone project in your design discipline. The course aims to equip you to contribute in a constructive way to the professional practice of design and the future of design as a powerful transformational tool that may positively influence the economy, the environment and society.
Students complete all core subjects and two electives, course subjects include;
- Research methodology (core)
- Design innovation (core)
- Service design (core)
- Applied writing (core)
- Research dissertation (core)
- Practical portfolio (core)
- Sustainable design (elective)
- Commercial design (elective)
- User experience design (elective)
- Project management (elective)
- Design for instruction (elective)
In the core subjects Research Methodology, Design Innovation and Applied Writing you will learn more about where design has come from and where it may be going in the future. You will learn how to apply sound research skills to innovative projects, plus how to communicate their concepts, ideas, strategies and plans on a variety of platforms for both academic and industry audiences. The other core subjects include Service Design where all students participate in a group project aimed to solve a real-world problem in an industry or community context. In the Research Dissertation and Practical Portfolio, you will complete an in-depth investigation in an aspect of their design discipline.
In the first semester of the course you may select two of the following elective subjects:
- Sustainable design which considers design as an approach that can be used to positively influence society and the environment. It includes theories and strategies that consider the environment, communities and ethics in defining and generating design solutions. Students develop the knowledge and skills that will assist with research, collaboration and facilitation during this type of design process.
- Commercial design addresses the business and entrepreneurial context that design practitioners function in. Setting up and running a business as well as funding and leadership will be covered. Design business and the field of specialisation are positioned within commercial, legal and ethical contexts.
- User experience design contextualises design for the user and students learn to identify how design can be used to communicate, interact and collaborate with users, in order to positively enhance their experience.
- Project management aims to take students through the process of project management and how these principles are applied in the different design disciplines. Students will be exposed to a number of approaches to Project Management and will apply the principles and processes to a project within their field of design specialisation.
- Design for instruction guides students through the digital world of learning, teaching them to design, develop, and deliver instructional products and experiences. Through the design of the learning journey students will be exposed to theoretical models and digital tools to better the learning experience and support deep and meaningful learning.
- Projects completed at this level will ultimately assist you to refine your techniques, knowledge and understanding of the design discipline as well as equip you to continue with studies at a master’s level.
- An NQF level 7 qualification in an appropriate design discipline with an average of 60% for the final year of study.
- A letter of motivation where you outline your initial proposal and intention for a final project, for instance, exploring how illustration can be used in health awareness poster design, or how decolonisation has influenced fashion design, of proximately 1500 words.
- Inscape subscribes to the National Policy for the Implementation of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) developed by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) in co-operation with the policies of RPL, CAT and Assessment in Higher Education developed by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). RPL permits you to gain access to formal programs offered by INSCAPE based on the level and extent of your knowledge. Your prior learning will be measured against our specified and prescribed learning outcomes.
- Please refer to the Student Fee Guide 2020.
- Full Time Students will attend day classes during the week.
- Part Time students will attend evening classes during the week and/or on Saturdays.