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Informatics and Design

Welcome to the Faculty of Informatics and Design

Please find a warm welcome from the Faculty of Informatics and Design.

Our faculty is a home of five Departments: Information Technology, Architectural Technology, Applied Design, Media and Urban and Regional Planning.

The diverse nature of the faculty is presenting possible staff and students’ collaborations for technological cutting-edge projects. The design and technology nature of our programmes prepares our graduates for the world of works requirements demanded by the Fourth and Fifth Industrial Technology.

The staff and students in the faculty have won different national and international competitions, which presents the quality of work our faculty is contributing to the global community.

The students have an opportunity to explore possibilities of applying for the international student exchange programs. Part of Service/Work Integrated and project-based learning, our students are given opportunities to engage with industry partners.

The faculty strives to embrace inclusiveness that harnesses appropriate technologies in a collaborative, supportive and transformative academic environment by being responsive and adaptive to local, national, continental, and global socio, eco and cultural context. This vision is supported by our mission statement which seeks to embrace the spirit of oneness (ubunye) in providing diverse innovative T&L, research, and community engagement, for students and staff towards achieving excellence in academic performance, entrepreneurship, and lifelong learning. We work hard in producing well rounded graduates that are ready for industry and be able to be employers by starting their businesses.

Welcome to FID you have made a right choice to join the family that focuses on bringing solutions to national and global communities.

Vision and Mission


Leading creativity and innovation in Africa


The Faculty of Informatics & Design provides an environment conducive to creativity and innovation where:

  • People are the focus and programmes are relevant to society’s needs;
  • Appropriate technologies are explored and applied;
  • Excellence in teaching and learning is actively supported;
  • A culture of research and scholarship with emphasis on trans-disciplinarity is promoted;
  • Personal and professional growth is nurtured;
  • Graduates are critical thinkers and leaders in their fields.

Our Achievements

FID newsThree students shine in international competition (Dec 2023)

A creative Architectural Technology and Interior Design student has been announced as one of the winners in an international design competition while two other students received honourable mentions.

Laikyn Julies won the Interior Design - SPA / Fitness / Wellness category of the BLT Build Design Awards 2023 for her entry titled: Salvia Medical Clinic.

The awards ceremony was recently held in Lucerne, Switzerland ... more


FID newsFID honours student achievers (Nov 2023)

The Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Design, Prof Tembisa Ngqondi, recently hosted a special awards ceremony to celebrate student achievers in the Faculty.

About 70 students from the faculty’s five departments – Information Technology, Media, Urban and Regional Planning, Architectural Technology and Interior Design and Applied Design – were honoured during the ceremony, which was held on the District Six Campus.

Ngqondi said the awards are “a form of recognition of outstanding performance”.

“We just want to say as a faculty we recognise excellence.” ... more


FID newsOutstanding student scoops international design award (Nov 2023)

An outstanding student has scooped top honours in a prestigious international design competition for students.

Jaime Scholz, who entered the competition as an Advanced Diploma in Interior Design student in the Department of Architectural Technology and Interior Design, was announced the first prize winner of the Accor Design Awards 2023 during the recent awards ceremony, held in Paris, France.

Jaime said she was incredibly grateful to have been named the winner of the competition. “Hearing the news felt like a dream turned into reality and I'm deeply honoured to be recognised alongside such talented designers and their incredible projects. ... more