Vega School

Vega is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), SA’s leading provider.  Qualifications ranging from higher certificates to masters degrees in design, brand communication and management are delivered at our four campuses in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban

The following qualifications fall within Vega’s design portfolio:

  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Design
  • Multimedia Design
  • Game Design and Development
  • Copywriting
  • Photography

Vega’s approach to learning focuses on creating an academic environment that is based on experiential learning, and consists of interactive lectures, small lecture groups, the use of technology to enhance the educational space and lecturers who are passionate about their work and industries.

All campuses are equipped with digital studios, libraries, creative and photographic studios, exhibition facilities, sound studios and cafeterias. Students have the opportunity to work collaboratively on real life briefs and experience the influence of transdisciplinary team work. This ensures Vega students graduate industry ready.

The Independent Institute of Education is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution and is responsible for quality assuring and conferring all the qualifications offered at Vega. The IIE is accredited with The British Accreditation Council guaranteeing students complete confidence about the value of their qualifications.

Postgraduate Communication Design Education in South Africa: Challenges and opportunities



Media & Communications Design

The study qualitatively explored the local communication-design-education landscape and identified the structures, nature, challenges and role players. Theoretical models with the potential to guide the development of postgraduate design education were analysed. These are the Mode 1, 2 and 3 models, Innovation Triple, Quadruple and Quintuple Helix models, as well as research approaches that have the potential to better align academia with industry, such as practice-based and practice-led research, recognition of prior learning and work-integrated learning.

Paying it forward: Practicing Scholarship of Engagement in Design Education



Design Education Research

This paper reports on a project named Platform 6, which was designed to facilitate teacher development and thereby to develop teachers as scholars. Initiated within the context of Boyer’s Scholarship of Engagement (1991), Platform 6 is a training programme and awareness drive devised for secondary school design teachers on the pedagogy of teaching design thinking and practice.

The exploratory first leg of Platform 6 was limited to a sample of National Senior Certificate (NSC) schools in the Western Cape. Qualitative-exploratory research methodology was employed to gain real world insight about the teaching and learning environment of design teachers in South Africa. It was useful to understand the dynamics of design teaching in grades 10 to 12 in Western Cape schools.

The Importance of Cultural Exposure for Designers

Berger, JanetVega School



Design Education Strategy

As South Africans, we have often taken a somewhat perverse pride in how complex our society is. It is with a macabre delight that we talk about our population of approximately 43 million people being made up of about 8 different cultural groups speaking 11 official languages and practicing many different religions. We have 1st and 3rd world infrastructures, incredibly diverse literacy levels and ethnic affiliations and we are in the process of re-inventing ourselves as a nation and a new democracy. How complex, how colourful, how diverse we pride ourselves in being.

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...

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