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Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Faculty of Informatics and Design

Cape Town , South Africa Full Member Institution

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Mission Statement

Vision To be at the heart of technology education and innovation in Africa. Mission The four aims that comprise our mission: · We will build a university that is highly efficient, sustainable and environmentally conscious · We will be known for the high quality of our teaching and learning and the relevance of our curriculum · We will create a vibrant and well resourced living and learning environment for our students · We will enhance and develop the quality and effectiveness of our research and knowledge production Core Values · We undertake to deal with others in a spirit of Ubuntu · All our interactions will be governed by a spirit of mutual respect · We support the principle of equity · We will promote innovation in all aspects of our work · We will uphold the principle of accountability for our actions · We prize excellence · We will strive for efficiency in all our operations

International Role

CPUT's Faculty of Informatics and Design has partnerships with many universities around the world and actively pursues these by exchanging staff and students at post graduate levels. FID encourages overseas students to study in Cape Town – the World Design Capital 2014 designation for Cape Town has drawn a number of design students to carry out their studies within the multiple societal challenges presenting within a developing world context. Funded research projects between CPUT and other institutions draws top researchers to the university and expands opportunities for leading work to be done in the design and IT sectors.

National Role

FID is an active faculty within the region and the City of Cape Town – having been a leader in the process of winning the World Design Capital 2014 bid recently the university has played an increasingly important role in building relationships between academia, government, business and community. Staff in the faculty actively participate in local associations, networks and forums that support design for social innovation and sustainability. Cape Town Design Network http://ctdn.co.za/

Main Focus

Vocational and professional education in the fields of architecture, design, information technology, town and regional planning, and media studies.

Faculties and Departments

· Architectural Technology & Interior Design · Applied Design (Fashion; Visual Communication Design; Industrial; Jewellery) · Information Technology · Media Studies (Public Relations Management; Film & Video Technology; Journalism; Photography) · Town & Regional Planning

Bachelor Level Programs

Diploma (3-year full time), Advanced Diploma (1-year full time), Postgraduate Diploma (1-2 years full/part-time) in the following disciplines: Architectural Technology, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design, Jewellery Design, Information Technology, Public Relations Management, Journalism, Photography, and Town & Regional Planning

Master Level Programs

Master of Design (2-4 years full/part-time) in the following disciplines: Interior Design, Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design, Jewellery Design, Fashion Design and MTech in Architectural Technology, Information Technology, Public Relations Management (Coursework & Full Research), and Town & Regional Planning

Research Activity and Main Areas

In 2012 CPUT formulated a 10-year blueprint for Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships (RTI). The following seven focus areas have been identified as part if the RTI blueprint: · Bio-economy and biotechnology · Space science and technology · Energy · Climate change and environment · Human and social dynamics, including issues related to service delivery · Economic growth and international competitiveness · Design for sustainability

Doctorate Level Programs

Doctor of Applied Arts in Design, DTech in Information Technology and Informatics 

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

Industrial, Visual Communication Design, IT, Fashion, Jewellery Design

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Semester Dates

February – June July – November

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Bachelor: 523
Master: 186
Doctorate: 43

Exchange Students

Incoming: 12
Outgoing: 4

Teaching Staff

Professors: 6
Lectures: 102
Part-time Teachers: 21

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