WEST SCHOOL OF DESIGN is a private institution in the fashion,
décor and art sectors that offer courses in and relating to fashion,
interior and photography..
NWSD and its courses offer an entrepreneurial learning experience
with real relevance. The NWSD course structures provide students
with a ladder of opportunity. Courses are structured to accommodate
individuals regardless of age, race, nationality, religion or
From 1998 to 2011, North West School of Design has successfully
offered a 2 year diploma course in Clothing Design & Technology as a
private FET (Further Education & Training) college.
In 2011, came the decision to not only re-register the college as
HET (Higher Education & Training), but also to register and accredit
two new degree courses: BA Fashion Design Degree and BSc Fashion
Management & Communication Degree.
Both these 3 year courses have been developed with the vision that
South African Fashion education not only needed to globalize, but
also needed to adapt to the changes within the global fashion
industry. Both these fashion degrees have been developed with
focusing on globalization of communication, supply and manufacturing
in the fashion industry.
Designers today not only look to local shores for supplies and
contractors, and therefore foundation work to prepare
globalized-entrepreneurial skills for our future designers have been
added to our BA Fashion Design Degree course. Fashion communication
has also been globalized with fashion blogging and fashion news
portals that form an integral part of our industry in creating jobs
and freelance opportunities. The foundation work for all forms of
fashion communication and management has been added to our BSC
Fashion Management & Management Degree, to ensure that these
graduates are entrepreneurially prepared as freelancers and
entrepreneurs from fashion writing careers to entrepreneurial
opportunities in management of ranges.
To succeed in today’s fashion world, designers need to do more than
sketch garments, buy fabrics and meet with clients. North West
School of Design sets a strong foundation for future designers,
fashion professionals and entrepreneurs who find it more than second
nature to do that little more, to learn that little extra, to read
that little longer and to adapt to an industry that in two years
from now will be different from the industry we know today.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
NORTH WEST SCHOOL OF DESIGNS mission is to be a college of
distinction and excellence, striving towards and remaining in the
forefront of creative, entrepreneurial and technical training in
South Africa and neighbouring countries. We meet this commitment
through the quality of courses we offer.
To remain a design college that serves the respective industries by
providing well trained and motivated professional designers and
artists that the related industries wants to employ.
All our courses involve input from distinguished professionals,
specialists and consultants, from the design, art, décor and
educational fields, locally and abroad. This ensures that our
courses are international compatible and meets international
We have highly effective Quality Assurance procedures, which are
based on South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
Qualifications, which are registered on the National Qualifications
Framework (NQF). The learning programmes are being recorded and
registered against the qualification: 57205
Provisionally accreditation application is with the Higher Education
Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council of Higher Education (CHE).
Provisionally registration application is with the Department of
Education and Training as a private higher education institution
under the Higher Education Act, 1997.
Verification to our continuing legal status and application routes
is available by request email to the principal:
Our greatest success story is the achievements of our students and
staff. The number and variety of competitions and awards they have
won, nominations and their employment records has made us
justifiably proud. Our past and present students, have helped to
build our reputation over the years, both in the workplace, business
world and as winners &/or finalists of local and international
design competitions. For a small sampling of the calibre and quality
of our students read more on our WALL OF FAME: