The Design School of Southern Africa
Rational creativity. That’s the beauty of a career in design

An education in design is no different than design itself. It should be well-planned, contemporary and, above all, creative. That’s our philosophy at The Design School Southern Africa (DSSA).

The Design School Southern Africa was founded in 1990 and grew to become one of the leading design education and training institutions in the country priding itself on providing an inspirational learning environment. Whether it’s Fashion Design, Graphic Design or Interior Design, we will nurture your talent for planned creativity.

Today the Design School Southern Africa is a key division of The Independent Institute of Education (pty) Ltd which is the country’s largest, most accredited provider of private higher education.

Graduates from DSSA are well respected throughout the design industry. This is because we enhance your natural ability with real-life skills, giving you the best chance to break into the professional world.

Our lecturers are specialists in their particular fields who will teach to you the business, management and communication skills you will need to make a success of your career. You will also master the latest technologies which lie at the core of today’s industry.

Best of all, you will achieve all this in a creative environment full of like-minded individuals. Our students have proven time and again that they are amongst the best in the country, going on to win awards at every level and achieving enormous success in their chosen fields.

If you are passionate and gifted in your ability to design and create, The Design School Southern Africa will help you build the foundation you need to make a success out of your chosen career!

The following full time qualifications can be studied at the DSSA:

  • BA Fashion Design (3 years minimum study)

  • BA Graphic Design (3 years minimum study)

  • BA Interior Design (3 years minimum study)

  • Higher Certificate: Art and Design (1 year minimum study)


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Contact Details

For general enquiries contact the switchboard.
Contact number: 011 326 3830
Contact email: [email protected]