Apply/Renew Membership

DEFSA is the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa, a non-profit organisation provides a platform for ACADEMICS in the design education sector. Our members engage in research, best practice and networking through various mechanisms including a biennial conference, workshops and an interactive website that hosts peer reviewed and published research papers.

Membership to DEFSA is attained as an institution or as an individual. Individual members are categorised as Individual Professional Members or Individual Student Members.

You do NOT need to be a member of DEFSA to submit an abstract for consideration for the DEFSA academic conference.

Please complete the form below.

Should your application be successful, you will receive an invoice for the required amount, that will be sent to the email address provided on the form. A receipt, membership certificate and relevant listing on the DEFSA website will be finalised once funds reflect in the DEFSA account. If you have a certificate but your name is not on the website, please email with your details.

FEES 2024

  • Institutional/Corporate Membership:  R4 400 per year
  • Individual: Professional member: R330 per year
  • Individual: Student member: R150 per year
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DEFSA conferences

DEFSA promotes relevant research with the focus on design + education through its biennial conferences, to promote professionalism, accountability and ethics in the education of young designers. Our next conference is a hybrid event. See above for details.

Critical skills endorsement

Professional Members in good standing can receive a certificate of membership, but DEFSA cannot provide confirmation or endorsement of skills whatsoever. DEFSA only confirm membership of DEFSA which is a NPO for Design Education in South Africa (