Bediako, Kimberly


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Kimberly Bediako is a lecturer in the Department of Fashion Design at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. She is involved in the teaching of undergraduate theory and design subjects as well post-graduate supervision for Honours and Masters students. Kimberly obtained her Master’s degree in Design at UJ where her study focused on digital fashion communication targeted at South African Gen Z consumers. As a researcher, Kimberly has been a part of international research projects and initiatives where she has been able to contribute to the discourse of gender equality and representation, design education, and youth development through education.

Kimberly Bediako

Masking-up with 4IR fashion design education: A retrospective analysis



Fashion, Jewellery & Textile Design

For decades, studio-based pedagogy, grounded in socially-engaged, constructivist learning spaces dominated design education (Crowther 2013; Shreeve, 2015). However, the global pandemic forced design education to align with the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and move towards interactive digital technologies and online teaching and learning methodologies. Positioned in the space of 4IR, the move to digital technologies is required to digitally streamline and integrate human-centred opportunities for inclusivity guided by technological advancements (Chuo 2019, pp. 107).

Critical design futures: Challenging the gender data gap through pedagogy



Design Education Strategy

As we enter the era of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) faced with potential ethical and security risks, ensuring sustainable and inclusive innovation within the design industries will be essential. However, this proves unlikely when the design industry itself has inherent biases and inequalities.

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 (