The Aim of the Department is to produce high quality graduate teachers capable of using their knowlege and teaching skills to produce practical solutions to real problems. It is our drive to contribute towards development in the fields of Applied Art and Design, Clothing textiles and Fashion Design and Design and technology Education. In so doing we strive to fulfiill our role in addressing the challenges our nation faces in providing "quality" design technology education.

Programmes offered By The Department


Bachelor of Design Education Honours (BDesEd Hons) degree in:

  • Applied Art and Design,
  • Clothing, textile and fashion design, and
  • Design and Technology Education

Admission requirements

Special Entry
  • Applicants must have at least a National Diploma or its equivalent in the subject or skills area they wish to study.
  • In addition, applicants must have an acceptable qualification in teaching or training.
  • Applicants must be employed as teachers or trainers at the time of applying.
  • Applicants who do not meet the basic entry requirements may be required to study prescribed bridging courses.

Normal Entry
At least 2 A-Level passes in relevant subjects of specialisation, and five O-Level passes including English language and Mathematics.

Programme of study

  • Special entry candidates will pursue a three-year programme of study on block-release, consisting of a prescribed number of courses in specialist subjects and in education and professional studies, including work-based experience and a final year research or design project. The work-based experience will be integrated into the second year of study.
  • Normal entry candidates will pursue a four-year full-time programme of study in which the third year will be spent wholly on Industrial Attachment/Work-based experience in an institution or organization relevant to their degree programme.
  • Normal entry candidates will study additional elective courses in education and professional studies as prescribed by the department.

Master of Design education (MDesEd) in Design and Technology Education

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must be in possession of an approved Honours degree in the area of Technical Education degree with relevant subject specialisation.
  • Alternatively applicants with a relevant bachelors degree plus the Postgraduate Diploma in Technical or Technology Education or its approved equivalent will be considered.

Programme of Study

  • The two-year block release or part time programme is composed of prescribed core and elective courses as well as a research project culminating in a mini-dissertation of at least 10 000 words.
  • All taught courses will be assessed through coursework and examination, unless specified otherwise in the appropriate course synopsis