South African Qualifications Authority identification number (SAQA ID): 79830

Sustainability and Green Design are no longer a trend. These concepts have become part of your daily lives, and form an ever-growing and vital market within architecture and the built environment. Our ‘Environmental Design’ degree focuses students into becoming a pioneering specialist within the field of sustainability. They experience designing sustainable buildings and planning ‘green’ spaces, learning about the implementation of the latest technologies and materials, as well as ‘green’ construction accreditation and environmental awareness.

THINGS THAT EXCITE ME: Sustainable design, Architecture, New Technology & ‘Green’ Materials, Inclusive Design, Nature and Preservation, Inspired to save the world!

• Consumables cost 1st year (+-R1000) **estimates only

• Continuous project based assessment

• Digital and print portfolio submissions in 2nd and 3rd year

• Final years graduate in December

• Degree candidates can go on to apply for post-graduate studies pending they meet the application and entrance requirements of the relevant Institution.

• Our programmes are quality assured and standardised across all Inscape campuses nationally.

• You can enrol for our Bachelor of Design programme at any campus to complete your 1st year.

• Students who are accepted into certain degree specialisation programmes might be required to complete their 2nd and 3rd year studies at another specialised Inscape campus.

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  • MacBook / Laptop* optional
  • Wacom tablet
  • Software licenses (as per programme requirements)
  • Prescribed textbooks
  • 1st year preliminary art equipment
  • Online library subscription
  • Digital study guides and courseware
  • Internet connectivity


  • Monthly consumables
  • Digital camera
Course Information Year 1


Developing fundamental design skills to create design savvy critical thinkers.
Developing foundational Drawing Skills, Basic Material and Manufacturing awareness, Digital Image Making, Communication,
Software and Leadership skills to create well rounded designers fit for any design industry.
Developing an awareness of the integrated nature of design, advancing the unique thinking of our students.
Introducing an appreciation for Design History.
Establishing fundamental building blocks for creative problem solving.

Course Information Year 2 and Year 3


Discipline Specific knowledge will be developed through understanding specially designed briefs relating to Environmental Design and the implementation thereof in Architecture, Urban and Interior Design. Students apply theory to practice through an introduction into basic technical drawing conventions, alternative and green construction techniques, site analysis and measurements, technical services, energy efficient lighting, electrical and plumbing requirements, and how to communicate through drawings and specifications.

Students apply theory to practice through an introduction into basic technical drawing conventions, alternative and green construction techniques, site analysis and measurements, technical services, energy efficient lighting, electrical and plumbing requirements, and how to communicate through drawings and specifications.

Knowledge of the theory of sustainable materials, including their properties and the manufacturing process of the products, an introduction to national building regulations within South Africa, and how this relates to ‘green-star’ building accreditation and environmental awareness.

Advancing software skills and technical knowledge through an introduction to AutoCAD Basics, Photoshop Rendering and REVIT Modelling.

Students develop an understanding of the ‘business of design’ through the awareness of project management, plotting and lifecycle, feasibility studies, scope of work management, breakdown structures and time management, as well as an understanding of the guidelines and principles involved in running a green-design business.

More information on this exciting Degree in Environmental Design coming soon…

More about the Bachelor of Design degree (B.DES)

This three-year full time qualification produces professional designers equipped for a rewarding career in design. Students qualifying can practise as junior designers or study towards an Honours Degree. As this qualification is universal, it applies to a variety of design disciplines, including fashion design, interior design, graphic design, multimedia design, jewellery design, industrial design, product design, spatial design, design research, design writing and design for the environment. 

Traditionally, the various fields within design and design education have been separated. Public and private Higher Education schools have offered all sorts of qualifications. Our Bachelor of Design qualification aligns industry standards and educates designers following common guidelines. It also implements the long-awaited minimum standards for designers of all disciplines.

Design is globally recognised as a profession. Worldwide, designers are required to have at least a three-year qualification. Inscape offers the Bachelor of Design Degree with common competencies and specialisations through elective subjects.

The first year of the Bachelor of Design provides a foundation in design thinking, constructs and visual communication, photography, material studies, image making and design history, communication studies, leadership and unique thinking and software include basics in Adobe products. We love that our students learn alongside aspiring designers of other disciplines. This kind of exposure blows a student’s design perspective wide open and teaches relevance and appropriateness in terms of design solutions within the business world.

At the end of the first year, students are required to select their chosen stream as a specialisation of their future career choice. Our students love the fact that they have a full year to become fully entrenched in the world of design. They attest to the fact that when they make their final decision regarding a chosen specialisation that they do so with confidence and fully informed.

Second and third year are intense. Each specialisation stream is packed with knowledge and technical skill required of the respective discipline. Our students, however are well prepared in the first year and enter into the senior years equipped with the ability to think critically and apply themselves effectively. Our success rates are a testimony to the fact that our unique approach to teaching design, works.

South African Qualifications Authority identification number (SAQA ID): 97623

This Certificate gets you acquainted with architecture and the profession’s role within the built environment.

The purpose of the programme is to:

– Provide an introduction to the architectural profession and its role within the broader context of the Built Environment.

– Provide the learner with the skills, competencies and academic knowledge required to practice in the Built Environment as a “Candidate Architectural Draughtsperson” and after a period of supervised practical experience and / or other requirements as specified by the professional registration body, as an “Architectural Draughtsperson”.

– Create an early comprehensive exit level to:

  • Allow ease of movement to other (related) fields of expertise
  • Encourage lifelong learning by setting achievable milestones
  • Introduce an academic qualification in the event of interrupted studies.

Competencies relating to Architectural Design theory and skills application include:

A. Design Theory
• The historical context of Design and Architecture
• The formulation of a design strategy for simple designs
B. Design Skill Application
• Resolving simple planning exercises
• Creative problem solving in the context of the built environment

Competencies relating to Construction Technology theory and skills application as it relates to the field of Architecture include:

A. Construction Technology Theory
• Elementary principles of: construction technology, materials applications and characteristics, services (plumbing, drainage and electrical)
• The principles governing SABS specifications and the National Building Regulations
B. Construction Technology Skill Application
• Appropriate application of elementary construction principles and details
• Appropriate use of materials and service installations (plumbing, drainage and electrical)

Competencies relating to written and verbal communication skills include:

A. Theory
• Entrepreneurship
• Industry specific terminology and language skills
• Introduction to research methodology
B. Skill Application
• Basic business communication methods
• Personal self-image projection
• Technical specification writing
• Correct referencing

Competencies relating to graphic communication skills The focus of this component is on:

A. Theory
• Conventions of the professions and trades within the built environment
• Understanding of the relationships within the construction industry
B. Skill Application
• Graphic Communication from conceptual design sketches to technologically competent instruction drawings.
• Draughtsmanship
• Incorporating computer technology in presentation and communication methods Creative problem solving in the context of the built environment


Internationally, the registration categories within the Architectural Profession are mostly limited to first degree and upwards and usually for the category of “Architect” only. The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) however has four registration categories. There is no precedent for a programme that is aimed specifically at qualifying a “Candidate Architectural Draughtsperson” for professional registration purposes. It is imperative that South African education providers respond to the requirements of professional registration at each registration category and that a suitable academic outcome is established.



Direct access into NQF level 6 National Diploma: Architectural Technology.


For learners with a strong design aptitude, entrance into NQF level 7 Bachelor of Architectural Studies with credit for subjects completed, subject to institutional discretionary requirements having been met.


Professional registration as Candidate Architectural Draughtsperson and subsequent internship.

Access to NQF level 6 specific area focused programmes in the career focused track subject to provider’s

discretionary requirements having been met.

  • The programme consists of 16 modules
  • Consumable cost (+-R600 – R800/month) ** estimate only
  • Continuous project based assessment
  • Portfolio submission
  • 240 hours of Experiential Training to be completed
  • Contact students Graduate in December
  • Higher Certificate Graduates have the opportunity to apply for Diploma or Degree studies at Inscape Education Group or another Tertiary Institution provided they fully meet the entrance requirements laid out by the Institution
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  • Laptop* optional
  • Software licenses (as per programme requirements)
  • Preliminary art equipment
  • Online library subscription
  • Digital study guides and courseware
  • Internet connectivity


  • Monthly Consumables
Course Information

The course consists of 16 MODULES to be completed:
1. Standard drawing conventions
2. Starting your own business
3. Introduction to architectural drawing
4. AutoCAD for the built environment
5. Ecological Studies and Practice
6. Domestic construction
7. Professional Practice for the Built Environment
8. Framed structures
9. Introduction to Project Management
10. Model making
11. Design process and influences
12. Architectural presentation
13. Alternative Building Systems
14. Council submissions
15. Portfolio
16. Experiential training

More about the Higher Certificate

A Higher Certificate is a one-year, full time course that gets you into a Degree course if you don’t meet the requirements initially. The Higher Certificate includes 240 hours of hands-on training that prepares you to enter the working world. 

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