15 Sep 2016   admin

10 Percent 2016

GDC’s vision is to be leaders in design higher education to nurture innovative and responsible designers for the greater good of humanity. Responsibility and sustainability (for the social, economic and environmental world) are core values that underpin all curricular. They are values we expect our graduates to embrace and further in their careers. One of the key strategies to cultivate these values is our Community Engagement Initiative, the 10Percent Initiative. For four weeks of the year (roughly 10Percent of the academic year), all undergraduate students from all programmes and levels form new teams to work alongside communities, applying their design skills to make a difference. From researching the issue and context, to exploring the design potential for upliftment and advancement, to prototyping and often implementation, students bring design expertise to communities that would probably not otherwise benefit from design intervention.

The initiative has run since 2007 and the college has worked with over 30 different communities or causes. Students have generated promotional material for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, educational material for street children, mobile apps for children with Autism, resale solutions for street vendours. A particularly successful project has been in collaboration with the FabLabs (fabrication laboratories, sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry).

15 Sep 2016   admin

The proof is in the pudding

A GDC qualification is what sets you apart from the restSo what happens to GDC graduates once they finish their studies? You can check out more on our alumni page, but here we acknowledge the impressive feat of students who have gone on to study their Masters at world-renowned design universities abroad. When we say world-renowned, we mean top ranked art and design institutions that are literally known as the best of the best. Google them and you’ll see.Therese Swanepoel, who graduated from GDC in 2012 with a BA Degree in Interior Design, completed her Masters at the Art Center in Pasadena, ...

15 Sep 2016   admin

International Verification

International mobility has become increasingly important, and a key concern for many scholars is assurance that their qualifications will be recognised in other countries. Since 1993, GDC has sought and maintained connections with international players to ensure that our graduates ban be assured that their portfolios will meet international expectations. In the 1990’s GDC achieved this through agreements with the Nottingham Trent University, however due to legislative changes regarding quality assurance in South Africa, GDC moved to a model of open verification.  Every year international ve ...