IIE BA in Digital Design Degree

Qualification information
  • COURSE: Degrees; Undergraduate Degree
  • MODE: Full-Time
  • DURATION: 3 years
  • NQF LEVEL: 7
  • CREDITS: 360
  • SAQA ID: 94118


Digital Design is the weapon of choice for the visual communicator driven to combine their innate creative capacity with cutting-edge technology. The IIE BA Degree in Digital Design equips students with the necessary skills to stand out in both the User Experience (UX) (Interaction design and User Interface (UI) design;) and motion (2D animation; motion graphics; VFX; video editing) industry fields. The discipline sees students engage with traditional elements of design such as shape, colour, typography and layout whilst incorporating tools such as digital illustration, animation, photography and augmented reality and the latest digital design software in order to produce engaging visual narrative for platforms such as web, mobile, digital publication, film, photography, gaming, social, apps, and more.

The IIE BA Degree in Digital Design is a comprehensive three-year degree designed to meet international standards whilst remaining relevant in a South African context. Utilising an intensively hands-on approach, students learn how to develop and visualise concepts for various outputs, styles and client requirements while each student is guided in the individual development of a professional design portfolio at the end of third year. IIE-Vega's unique fusion of critical thinking; complex problem-solving; creativity, branding and marketing sets our students apart as strategic and entrepreneurial thinkers and leaders in industry.

Our philosophy is to unleash the inherent creativity and confidence of our students whilst enhancing their design, business, research and academic skills in an enriching and rewarding environment. As part of the experiential component of the qualification, students work in multidisciplinary teams engaging in real-world projects and brand challenges. Action learning is rounded off with the optional Industry Immersion.

All students have unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning, the world's foremost repository of interactive digital media training.


Year 1:
  • Digital Design 1A & 1B
  • Digital Design Technology 1A & 1B
  • Creative Development 1
  • Design Studies 1
  • Brand and Marketing 1
  • Video and Photography
Year 2:
  • Digital Design 2A & 2B
  • Digital Design Technology 2A & 2B
  • Collaborative Design and Copywriting 2A and 2B
  • Design Studies 2
  • Brand and Marketing 2
Year 3:
  • Digital Design 3A & 3B
  • Digital Design Technology 3A & 3B
  • Collaborative Design and Copywriting 3
  • Introduction to Research
  • Brand and Marketing 3A: Strategy
  • Brand Challenge

Please note:

IIE-Vega does not require a portfolio as part of the application process to study design. Our primary focus is on how our students think and collaborate as creative solution seekers. The development of an industry-ready portfolio becomes a core focus once you enrol and engage hands-on with any of our creative programmes.

You are welcome to make an appointment with your campus Contact Navigator if you are not sure which creative course would suit you best. Ideally you should attend one of our GenV workshops at any of our IIE-Vega campuses to explore the different programmes on offer.

Tuition Fees

First year fee for new registrations starting in 2023
R116 000 Full Settlement Total Fee
R123 800 Instalment Total Fee (10 Monthly Instalments)
A *Pre-Registration Fee of R2 000 and *Deposit of R16 568 are included in the Total Fee.
*Refundable if admission criteria for the qualification is not met.

Please note:

  • Applications for the 2023 intake are subject to a non-refundable late application fee of R1200.
  • You will be required to complete a new contract annually which will include fees for that year.
  • Returning students can obtain the 2023 fees from their Relationship Navigator.

Entry Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Degree admission- A minimum of 30% for English; OR
  • A National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V) with Degree admission – A minimum of 50% in English ; OR
  • A Senior Certificate (SC) (with endorsement) with 33.3% in English
  • A Senior Certificate (Amended) SC(A) with degree admission- A minimum of 30% in LOLT in NSC/ SC(a) OR with a min. of 33.3% in SC; OR
  • Alternatively, a cognate Higher Certificate or cognate 240 credit Diploma OR an Advanced Certificate OR 360 credit Diploma may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies. If discipline not cognate at least 20% of credits must be academic literacy or numeracy related.
  • For international qualifications: An USAf Exemption Certificate is required and meeting the relevant English requirements.

Senate Discretionary Admission

Mature Age Exemption: A USAf Exemption Certificate is required

  • Candidates having attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration with a Senior Certificate with a minimum of 40% in at least four higher or standard grade subjects, at least three of which shall have been passed simultaneously and one of which shall be a recognised higher grade subject; OR
  • Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.
  • An USAf exemption Certificate is required.

Senate Discretionary Mature Age Admission for students with a Senior Certificate with endorsement

  • Candidates 23 years and older at point of registration, with an endorsed Senior Certificate can be accepted on a Senate Discretionary mature age admission. Their academic progress will be tracked and reported at Senate. An USAf Exemption Certificate is not required.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

  • Where candidates do not satisfy the formal admission requirements for this qualification, The IIE may consider an admission application in terms of the Credit Accumulation and Transfer, Recognition of Prior Learning and Qualification Completion Policy (IIE010).

USAf approved cognate foundation programme

  • Candidates who have completed an USAf approved cognate foundation programme from a registered and accredited provider may be admitted.
  • An USAf Exemption Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the student, an application for degree admission to USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.

Transfer students

  • Candidates who have successfully completed at least 120 credits on the first year of a cognate degree may be admitted. However, if a student completed less than 120 credits, the admission criteria on the NSC or equivalent apply.

OQSF qualifications

  • Candidates with an OQSF Level 5 cognate qualification may be admitted, provided the OQSF qualification has at least 120 credits at NQF Level 5. An USAf Exemption Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the student, an application for degree admission to USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.
Jobs in this field:
  • Motion Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • User Interface Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Social Media Designer
  • Digital Illustrator
  • 2D Animator
  • Visual Effects Artist
  • Art Director
  • Video Editor
  • Post-production Specialist
  • Entrepreneur


Zwelisha Giampietri

Class of 2011

A designer for Amanda Laird Cherry, Zwelisha recognizes and appreciates our common identity as a way to find collective connections and share stories.

Maliyamungu Muhande

Class of 2017

Maliya is an Art Director at Ogilvy CT, where she has already won a Silver Loerie and initiated an internal sanitary towel campaign, collecting 8 548 pads in 1 month.

Nella Addy

Class of 2017

Nella is the Animation Director at Feral Child Studio, specialising in illustration, cel animation, and motion graphics. She recommends her degree because it offers both creative learning and strategic branding knowledge.