Further Education and Training Certificate Information Technology: Design Foundation (NQF 4)

Purpose of Qualification

The purpose of this qualification is to provide a foundation for a variety of design-orientated fields, in that the learner gains competencies in the generic processes of various design specialisations. The qualification formalises sets of competencies and combinations of systems to help to accumulate expertise in this area of learning. Experiential knowledge is an important aspect of this qualification, as its application reaches across different fields, assisting in accelerating the learning of people who may have previously been denied opportunities in formal training or employment. An important part of achieving this qualification is for the learner to explore and experiment.

Overview (Total Credits: 141)

Career Focus

  • Graphics Designer

  • Interior Designing

  • Creative Services Manager

  • Information Architect • Mobile Designer

  • Motion Designer

  • User Experience (UX) Designer

  • User Interface (UI) Designer

Registered With

Department of Higher Education and Training

Accredited By


Admission Requirements

Grade 11 or equivalent NQF 3 qualification



  • Horizontal articulation on the NQF is possible with all Further Education and Training Certificates at NQF Level 4 through the Fundamental component, and the Further Education and Training Certificate: Small Business Financial Management (NQF Level 4), the Further Education and Training Certificate: Craft Enterprise (NQF Level 4), the Further Education and Training Certificate: Performing Arts (NQF Level 4), and the National Certificate in Business Administration Services (NQF Level 4).


  • Vertical articulation is possible with, for example, the National Certificate in Design (NQF Level 5), and the National Certificate: Generic Business Administration Services (NQF Level 5).

Assessment of Programme

Assessment is conducted as both a Formative Assessment and a Summative Assessment. The Formative Assessment is covered as continuous assessment tests and compilation of a Portfolio of Evidence by the student. The Summative Assessment takes place as a national summative exam for first and second semesters. It is compulsory for all students to complete work integrated learning for completion of the programme

Course Structure

  • Communication First Language

  •  Mathematics Literacy

  • Computer Applications

  • Communication Second Language

  • Personal Development

  • Design Production


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