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Design Postgraduate Studies

Postgraduate Diploma in Design (NQF level 8)

Students enrolling for this qualification will have already achieved a certain level of foundational and practical competence in their respective undergraduate design qualifications and in industry. The postgraduate diploma introduces interdisciplinary awareness in preparation for further advanced studies at master’s level or for advanced level contribution as part of inter, multi and transdisciplinary design teams in practice. This qualification speaks directly to CPUT Vision 2030 in preparing students for the complexity of fast changing contexts.

Subjects

  • Interdisciplinary Design Research (48 credits)
  • Design Management (12 Credits)
  • Digital Design and Making (12 Credits)
  • Social innovation and Citizenship (12 Credits)
  • Design for Sustainable Futures (12 Credits)
  • Service Innovation Design * (12 Credits)
  • Materials Technology * (12 Credits)
  • User Experience and User Interface design * (12 Credits)
  • * Students can select 2 of the elective subjects to total 120 credits

Admission Requirements

An Advanced Diploma or a Btech Degree or a Bachelor's Degree in any design or design related discipline at NQF level 7.

or

Access into the Postgraduate Diploma in Design can be gained through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Access to the qualification will be awarded to a candidate who has provided evidence to the satisfaction of the assessors that the stated competence of the preceding qualification, as detailed in the specified outcomes, has been achieved, either through education and training in a single provider's learning program, or through experience that complies with the stated specified outcomes.

 

Master of Design degree (from 2023 tbc)

Master of Design Students will have the opportunity to select an area of specialisation through a combination of applied technology and innovation to address complex problems. As such the topics in the design project, will be aimed to further the development of professional, social, or industrial practice.

Master of Design graduates will have gained substantial knowledge in their specific field of practice and will have a theoretical understanding of the role of professional design practice as a contributing factor to the quality of the human condition. The proposed Master of Design programme responds to the CPUT graduate attributes which focus on developing technological capabilities and foresight, resilience, problem-solving ability, as well as relational and ethical capabilities.

Subjects

  • Design project (24 credits)
  • Design research methods (24 credits)
  • Design Management (24 credits)
  • Service Innovation Design (24 credits)
  • Design and Culture (24 credits)
  • Design for sustainability (24 credits)

Admission Requirements

An honours degree or postgraduate diploma in any design or design related discipline at NQF level 8.

or

Access into the Master of Design Degree can be gained through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Access to the qualification will be awarded to a candidate who has provided evidence to the satisfaction of the assessors that the stated competence of the preceding qualification, as detailed in the specified outcomes, has been achieved, either through education and training in a single provider's learning program, or through experience that complies with the stated specified outcomes.

 

Doctor of Applied Arts and Design

A doctoral graduate will have a high level of overall knowledge in a specialised field of design and the competence to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in that field. Product development and services and systems thinking are underpinned by advanced theoretical and applied knowledge.

Admission Requirements

A Master of Technology degree or a Masters degree in any design or design related discipline at NQF level 9.

or

Access into the Doctor of Applied Arts and Design Degree can be gained through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Access to the qualification will be awarded to a candidate who has provided evidence to the satisfaction of the assessors that the stated competence of the preceding qualification, as detailed in the specified outcomes, has been achieved, either through education and training in a single provider's learning program, or through experience that complies with the stated specified outcomes.

 

Contact us

Faculty Office  

Mrs Popi Makubalo 

makubalop@cput.ac.za

021 460 3296 

Design ECP 

Charmaine Simons
Administrative Assistant

simonsc@cput.ac.za

021 460 3676

Postgraduate studies in Design

 

 

Dr Bruce Snaddon
Postgraduate Coordinator

 

snaddonb@cput.ac.za

021 460 3463