Design School Southern Africa

The Design School Southern Africa's (DSSA) training in graphic, fashion and interior design delivers industry knowledge and experience that unlocks students individual creative potential and shapes well-rounded, industry-ready designers.

Over and above enriching your mind and furthering your studies, the overall student experience is fundamental to your growth and industry readiness.To help you along your journey, we also offer developmental workshops, individual consultations, subject specific tutorials, work readiness programmes and work integrated learning.

If you are passionate and have a natural flair for design, The Design School Southern Africa will help you build the foundation you need to make a success of your chosen career.

Towards human-centered design solutions: Stakeholder participation during brief development



Graphic Design & Visual Art

"...the [designer's] task is to design for the individual placed in his or her immediate context." (Buchanan 1998, p. 20)

This  paper  about  a  graphic  design  case  study  discusses  the  positive  impact  of  stakeholder participation during the problem-setting phase of the design process on the designer's ability to reframe the design problem and to conceptualise human-centered design solutions that add value and enrich people's everyday lives.

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

Design Educators of South Africa...

With your support & active membership, the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa can positively influence the young designer's formative training and promote all facets of design across Africa