About us

At FADA we trust that design can make this world a better place.

We believe that our students need to learn to be proactive about finding and creating situations where they can put their knowledge, skills, and values into practice.

We, the hashtag generation.

With the rise of the internet and the strong presence of social media, we have become an interconnected society. All of the sudden people from different cultures and beliefs can share ideas on a daily basis. Therefore it is important to us to incorporate the global design community into what and how we teach.

Creativity is embracing each other's differences.

FADA is one of the only institutions to house all the creative fields under one roof and with this we maintain a strong focus on sustainability and relevance, and engage actively with the dynamism, creativity and diversity of Johannesburg and the rest of the world. With the eight creative disciplines at FADA, Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Multimedia Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, and Jewellery Design, we expand each of these fields beyond their traditional boundaries through internal and external collaborations.

Always on top of change.

FADA works closely with the industry to ensure that its professional programmes remain relevant and competitive. Our graduates are employed nationally and internationally in diverse areas of the industry, or work as freelance designers, architects or independent artists. Whatever their preference, they have been thoroughly prepared as professionals in the highly competitive fields of art, design and architecture through creative and entrepreneurial development, which are key elements in the programmes offered.


FADA offers a dynamic range of public-facing cultural programmes for students and professionals.

Equipped with state-of-the art, custom-built facilities for each of our design disciplines, the faculty is staffed by highly regarded academics, architects, artists and designers. We offer several specialised workshops, studios, computer laboratories, common lecture venues, an auditorium, a gallery and a subject-specialist library. The Faculty is also home to UJ Arts & Culture, based on the Auckland Park Kingsway Campus (with cultural offices on the Doornfontein and Soweto Campuses), which runs two professional theatres and an art gallery.