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About The Design School Southern Africa

An education in design is no different than design itself. It should be well planned, contemporary and, above all, creative. That’s our philosophy at The Design School Southern Africa (DSSA).

The Design School Southern Africa (DSSA) was founded in 1990, and today is a key division of The Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd (The IIE), which is the leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa.

IIE graduates from The Design School Southern Africa (DSSA) are well respected throughout the design industry. This is because The Design School Southern Africa (DSSA) balances natural creative potential with vocational preparedness via academic excellence and industry experience. Small classes allow for an inspirational, adaptable and innovative learning environment; to give students the best chance of success in an exciting, challenging industry.

If you are passionate and have a natural flair for design, The Design School Southern Africa (DSSA) will help you build the foundation you need to make a success of your chosen career.


The Independent Institute of Education










The Independent Institute of Education is South Africa's largest private higher education institution which operates across 20 campuses through Varsity College, Vega, DSSA and Rosebank College campuses.  The Independent Institute of Education offers career oriented higher education qualifications from Higher Certificate to Masters levels and focuses on the integration of theory and its application with the modern world of work.  As a result graduate uptake into the relevant industries is high with several companies recruiting students prior to graduation.  Module pass rates exceed 80% ensuring that students graduate in as short a time as possible.  The Independent Institute of Education leverages its industry and professional association relationships and endorsements and the external moderation of its qualifications to ensure that it delivers on its promise to offer focused, relevant high quality qualifications to its students as evidenced by our local accreditation and registration and our international institutional accreditation from the British Accreditation Council. ​

Download the 2016 IIE prospectus​ here​


The Design School Southern Africa is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education and training institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997 (reg. no. 2007/HE07/002). Company registration number: 1987/004754/07.