IIE Higher Certificate in Creative Development

Qualification information
  • COURSE: Higher Certificates
  • MODE: Full-Time
  • DURATION: 1 year
  • NQF LEVEL: 5
  • CREDITS: 120
  • SAQA ID: 90661


The IIE Higher Certificate in Creative Development is an entry level qualification to gain the insight, skill, and academic support required to pursue degree studies in the fields of design, brand communication and brand management. The focus is on building awareness around creative concept development and critical thinking skills in preparation for studies in Communication Design, Experience Design, Interior Design, Game Design and Strategic Brand Communication. This certificate provides an introduction to the Creative Brand Communication and Design industry ensuring students are prepared to enter a relevant degree or the industry as an apprentice. The Higher Certificate in Creative Development provides a range of modules that develop academic literacy and digital literacy skills required in an academic and industry environment. Modules combine theoretical as well as practical application, with an introduction to real-world experience.


  • Visual and Media Literacy
  • Applied Communication Techniques
  • Digital Media A
  • Brand Business Principles and Fundamentals
  • Creative Development and Design A
  • Creative Development and Design B
  • Work Integrated Learning

Electives: Digital Media B OR Introduction to Quantitative Thinking and Techniques (for students who want to use this qualification as a pathway to Game Design to fulfil the mathematical requirements for entry)

Study further with IIE Pathways
The successful completion of the IIE Higher Certificate in Creative Development enables you to progress into any one of the IIE Design or Brand Communication Undergraduate qualifications delivered at IIE Vega.

This qualification is aimed at students who wish to complete full-time face-to-face studies for the duration of their qualification. This means that students are expected to be available throughout the day for class in the academic year depending on how the timetable is structured. Students may also be required to write assessments or submit coursework or assignments outside of normal class time. Students who would like to pursue part time employment opportunities outside of the academic programme must prioritise their studies and avoid committing to work schedules until after they have received their timetables and academic calendar from the institution. Students must also note that timetables remain subject to change throughout the academic year.

Please note:

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

You are welcome to make an appointment with your campus Contact Navigator if you are not sure which design 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 2024
R80 600 Full Settlement Total Fee
R86 400 Instalment Total Fee (10 Monthly Instalments)
A *Pre-Registration Fee of R2 500 is included in the Total Fee
*Refundable if admission criteria for the qualification is not met.

Please note:

  • Applications for the 2024 intake are subject to a non-refundable late application fee of R1750.
  • You will be required to complete a new contract annually which will include fees for that year.
  • Returning students can consult the bill of costs on the website to obtain their 2024 fees based on their basket of modules.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) Higher Certificate pass - with 30% for English; OR
  • A National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V) Higher Certificate pass – with 40% in English; OR
  • A Senior Certificate (SC) (without endorsement) with 33.3% in English ; OR
  • A Senior Certificate (Amended) SC(A) Higher Certificate pass with - A minimum of 30% in LOLT in NSC/ SC(a) OR with a min. of 33.3% in SC; OR
  • For international qualifications: A SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence with at least 30% or equivalent for English

Senate Discretionary Admission
Mature Age Admission – 23 years and older: 

  • Candidates must have attempted the Senior Certificate or equivalent, attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration with three years’ work experience and proven ability relating to the proposed programme as well as adequate communication skills.

Mature Age Admission - 45 years and older:

  • Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.

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).
  • If applicant does not meet minimum admission requirements and there is no alternative (such as completion of NQP modules) but they have relevant experience, the following must be requested:
  1. Certificates for all formal (Accredited Higher Education qualifications) and/or informal qualifications/modules (SLP’s, Microcredentials etc). SAQA certificates must be provided for any international qualifications.
  2. CV to determine whether the following are related to the qualification that the applicant is applying for:
  1. Formal (Accredited Higher Education qualifications) and/or informal qualifications/modules (SLP’s, Microcredentials etc)
  2. Relevant work experience

General Education Development (GED) - An USA qualification developed by the American Council on Education (ACE).

  • Candidates with a GED qualification may be admitted if they have a SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence, as well as minimum score of 145 out of 200 for all 4 GED subjects.

OQSF Qualifications

  • Candidates with an OQSF Level 4 120-credit cognate qualification may be admitted once assessed and approved by the relevant Head of Faculty.

IEB International Secondary Certificate

  • Candidates must have achieved Higher Certificate pass and meet the additional admission criteria (where applicable).
  • A SAQA Certificate of Evaluation with NQF L4 equivalence is required.

Should you have any other school leaving qualification not mentioned above, please reach out to a contact navigator.

Jobs in this field:

Junior member of a creative team or further your studies in Strategic Brand Communication / Communication Design / Experience Design / Interior Design / Game Design / Strategic Brand Management / Digital Marketing / Brand Building and Management.