Information Design students, from the Visual Arts Department, fare extremely well in both national and international competitions and awards schemes. In addition, for some class projects and even sometimes as part of their internships, students have been very fortunate to have their designs implemented. In certain instances, students have even seen their work aired on national television.

  • LOERIE AWARDSOpen or Close

    The Loerie Awards is an annual recognition of creative excellence in the Africa and the Middle East region. The Awards encompass all areas of brand communication including television, radio and print, communication design (including brand identity, architecture & interior design, package & publication design, motion graphic design), direct marketing, PR Communication, non-broadcast video, live events, sponsorship, digital communication and integrated campaigns. The Awards were initiated in 1978 and have grown significantly since then. In 2005, a Student Awards category was also introduced and our students have achieved great success over the years.

    2005 • Advertising Mixed Media Campaign
    • Public Service, Political & Charity
    • Motion Graphic Design
    • Integrated Campaign: Advertising, Direct, Graphic Design, Corporate Events & Interactive
    • Direct Campaign
    • DIrect Response Digital
    2006 • Publication Design
    • Design Mixed Media Campaign
    • Design Mixed Media Campaign
    • Design Crafts – Illustration
    2007 • Digital Media
    2008 • 3-Dimensional, Environmental & Packaging Design
    • Publication Design
    • Mixed Media Campaign
    2009 • Publication Design
    • Publication Design
    • Publication Design
    • Publication Design
    • Mixed Media Campaign
    2011 • Posters
  • D&ADOpen or Close

    The British-based D&AD organization runs an annual international design and art direction award competition. As part of D&AD’s education initiative, the D&AD Student Awards offers a variety of design challenges, sponsored by major corporations to support and encourage creativity and high standards of excellence in emerging creatives. The annual D&AD Student Awards are recognised through- out the world and as stated on the D&AD website, “winning a D&AD Student Award truly marks you out as one of the best.” The rankings below represent the number of Student Awards prize winners from the institution since 2004.

  • ISTDOpen or Close

    The ISTD Student Assessment is a scheme run by the International Society of Typographic Designers. Unlike other awards schemes, this assessment is not a competition. The participating student’s overall design process of research, reflection, strategy, design development, technical and production specification is assessed by teams of practicing designers and educators and subsequently, students whose work meets the required standard are offered membership of the Society. The ISTD Student Assessment is internationally recognised and cited as a model of academic thoroughness and profes- sionalism. To date, a significant number of Information Design students have passed the assessment and have become members of the Society.


    The Design Achievers annual awards scheme is an initiative of the SABS Design Institute and aims to encourage South African design students to propose strategic design solutions to address a social, environmental, or industrial problem currently experienced in South Africa. Every year, the brief calls for design concepts that could make a profound contribution to the betterment of life and the environment and hence, the theme of the awards is aptly named Hands-on, Hearts-on, Minds-on. Every year, since the Awards scheme was initiated in 1977, an Information Design student has been nominated to participate. To date, the Department has had numerous winners and runners-up:

    2009 – Runner up

    2008 – Winner

    2007 – Winner

    2003 – Runner up

    2002 – Runner up

    2000 – Winner

    1996 – Winner

    1992 – Winner

    1988 – Winner

  • VUKA AWARDSOpen or Close

    The M-Net Vuka! Awards, M-Net’s Corporate Social Investment project, “was introduced in 1999 as a platform to reward and nurture South Africa’s filmmaking talent while providing vital exposure to social causes and charities.” The Awards competition calls on advertising agencies, budding filmmakers and students to create public service announcements (PSA) for worthy social causes as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charities to highlight and address pressing social issues in South Africa.

    2010 was the first year that Information Design students participated and one group achieved great success by winning the the Vuka! Award for Best Newcomer for their innovative animated PSA for the Jesuit Refugee Service. The group of students were also honoured in several other categories, namely best animation, editing, script as well as soundtrack.


    The ThinkAhead Awards is an awards scheme initiated by the South African Communication Design Council and sponsored by Sappi to honour final year students from all around the country who submit outstanding pieces of design and promising portfolios. Each year, the Awards are centered on an interesting theme to encourage students to participate. Information Design students have excelled at the awards by winning Platinum and Gold awards for their portfolios to name a few. Other highlights include the Department winning the Institution of the Year in 2008 and in 2010.

  • OTHEROpen or Close

    Other competitions and collaborations include:




    British Journal of Aesthetics

    The SABNS banknote design competition


    The University of Pretoria Archives

    The Praekelt Foundation

    Unica School

    Deutsche Schule Pretoria

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