The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) is South Africa’s leading private higher education institution. With 71 accredited higher education programmes, from Higher Certificates to Master’s degree level, offered on more than 20 campuses across the country through the highly respected and recognised educational brands of Vega, Varsity College, Rosebank College, Design School Southern Africa (DSSA), and Forbes Lever Baker, The Independent Institute of Education is the most accredited, registered private higher education institution in the country.

Design School Southern Africa is a leading division of The Independent Institute of Education with 3 sites in the following cities – Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban.

The IIE is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a private higher education institution and its full qualifications are accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) and registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by SAQA.  As South Africa has only one quality assurance and registration system for public and private higher education institutions this accreditation and registration is evidence that The IIE (and all its brands and campuses) meet and in fact, exceed, all the standards and criteria set by these bodies.

Each brand focuses on a particular student market and has created a student focused environment best suited to meet the needs and aspirations of its students.  The Independent Institute of Education focuses on providing a meaningful, high quality alternative to public education by creating environments that are dynamic, well resourced, nurturing and student centred. The focus is on academic excellence achieved by focusing on the intellectual, emotional, social and physical development of all students.  Preparation for the world of work and for success in that world is a key integrated focus.  Work integrated learning opportunities, which sometimes include actual placements, are part of all curricula. 

Based on a belief that education must include the development of the values associated with citizenship, all campuses offer community service opportunities as part of the curriculum. By combining volunteer and community service opportunities with programme specific work related skills, students are able to gain valuable experience which stands them in good stead when seeking employment.

Well qualified and experienced lecturers on each campus use their own work experience in the fields in which they teach to add depth and context to the curriculum.

The IIE has a strong central academic and quality assurance team which is responsible for the registration of students, the curriculum, and quality of delivery, assessment and certification (graduation) of all the qualifications.  This means that all students on all campuses receive an equitable educational experience from curriculum to assessments and this includes academic resources, facilities and support. 

Each campus has unique additional services, sport and social activities and provides individual student support aimed at maximising student success.  To better understand how Design School Southern Africa meets the needs of our students please visit our website or better still – visit a campus near to you.

Only The Independent Institute of Education can offer students an opportunity to register on a campus and with a brand that resonates with their personal ambitions and needs while also offering the security, quality assurance and recognition that comes from being part of the country’s premier, respected private higher education institution.  We look forward to welcoming you to a campus of The Independent Institute of Education’s DSSA soon.





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 IIE Contact Details

Physical Address: ADvTECH House, Inanda Greens 54 Wierda Road West , Wierda Valley Sandton 2196


Contact Details: Tel: +27 11 676 8021 Fax: +27 11 783 2574 Email:contact@iie.ac.za