International Credentials

International verifies

Every year, GDC’s portfolio reviews (aka exams) are moderated by local design educators and verified by international designers / design educators. This means that the standard of students’ actual portfolios are benchmarked against the work produced by design students around the world, even from the 1st year of study. Honours students actually present their work to the verifiers and get direct feedback on their work. GDC’s verifiers have come from numerous countries, most recently from Denmark, Belgium, Australia, Israel, and the US; and from prestigious standing such as European Council for Interior Architects, Architects Council of Europe, International Council of Graphic Design Associations, and Pentagram.

International Links


The International Council of Design is a world body for design promoting design excellence. Prof Des Laubscher from GDC is a current Executive Board Member. Ivor Templer, Robin Turner and Kathryn Pope are active contributors to the Council


This is an international network of art, design and media colleges and universities comprising of the world’s top 200 institutions. Membership is by invitation, and GDC was the first African Member. GDC hosted the 2014 International Cumulus Conference in partnership with the University of Johannesburg, co-editing the proceedings.


Kolding is the top art and design college in Denmark. Two GDC students have participated in their Annual Master Class each year, working alongside Masters level students in a one week workshop.

IDEA Collective

Innovate Design Education Africa is a newly formed interest group that promotes design at basic, further and higher education level in South Africa. GDC is a founding member and active participant.


LUCA is a highly renowned school with campuses in five countries. GDC and LUCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2015, which facilitated a student exchange in 2016/2017.


Meike Krause, the director of the Graphic Design department, will be joining us in 2016 as a verifier. A Memorandum of Understanding between the institutions is currently underway.

International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers:

Prof Laubscher is a past president of this global voice for professional Interior Architects/Designers.

Konkuk University

GDC has a Memorandum of Understanding with the university which is based in Korea.


  • All programmes accredited by the Council on Higher Education
  • All programmes registered by the South African Qualifications Framework (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
  • Registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (certificate number 2000/HE07/28)

Local Links


Ivor Templer is a Board Member of the Design Education Forum of South Africa

IID Professionals

The South African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID) is the only professional body representing the Interior Design industry in South


International Society of Type Designers

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