Bachelor of Design Education Honours degree

Bachelor of Design Education Honours  degree

NUST code:



 4 Years








Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE)


The programme is normally a three-year degree which meets the specifications of the University and the Zimbabwe Council for Higher education.

Normal Entry
At least 2 ‘A’ Level passes in art and design, clothing and textile design, design and technology, or other equivalent learning areas, and
Five ‘O’ Level passes including English language and Mathematics.

Special Entry
Applicants must have at least a National Diploma or its equivalent in the subject or skills area they wish to study, i.e. art and design, clothing and textile design, design and technology, or equivalent.
In addition, applicants must have an acceptable qualification in teaching or training.
Applicants must be employed as teachers or trainers at the time of applying.
Applicants who do not meet the basic entry requirements may be required to study prescribed bridging modules.

Mature Entry

The admission of mature entry applicants shall be considered as stipulated in the General Regulations.


Special entry candidates shall pursue a four-year programme of study on block-release, consisting of a prescribed number of modules in specialist subjects and in education and professional studies, including industrial attachment (or work-based experience) and a final year research or design project.
All candidates shall pursue a four-year full-time programme of study in which the third year shall be spent wholly on Industrial Attachment/Work-based experience in an institution or organization relevant to their degree programme.
The education and professional studies modules are offered through the Department of Science and Mathematics Education and will be common to all undergraduate programmes.
Candidates shall be required to obtain a total of at least 480 credits in order to be awarded the degree.

Unless specified otherwise in the module synopses, all taught theory modules shall be assessed through continuous assessment in the form of assignments, tests, quizzes, short projects or oral and other presentations, and a formal 3-hour written examination.
The weighting of continuous assessment and written examinations shall be 40% and 60% respectively
The final year project shall be carried out over two semesters and shall be weighted as two standard modules, i.e. 20 credits.
Candidates shall be required to study modules both in education and in the areas of specialization.
Modules in education shall be as indicated under the Department of Science and Mathematics Education (Section 2.5.1; page 27)
Modules in the areas of specialisation shall be as indicated below:


Applied art and design

Key to module codes


History of art, drawing and design


Design fundamentals


Technological applications in art and design


Visual and aesthetic design


Products and production




Module list

Year I

Semester I

PDT1120 History of Design

PDT1121 Traditional & Contemporary Art

PDT1123  Modelling and materials

Education modules


Semester II

PDT1220 Drawing and Anthropometrics

PDT1221 Design Analysis

PDT1222 Fine Art Studio I

Education modules

Year II

Semester I

PDT2122 Electronic Imaging

PDT2124 Practical Development of Designs

PDT2127 Design Processes

Education modules


Semester II

PDT2222 Fine Art Studio II (Visual Communication)

PDT2223  Set Designs

PDT2224 Product Development

Education modules

Year III


PDT3000 Industrial Attachment

Year IV

Semester I

PDT4122 Design Media

PDT4123 Visual Inquiry

PDT4124 Design Marketing

Education modules


Semester II

PST4010 Final Year Project

PDT4221 Design enquiry

PDT4224 Personal Development

PTE4222 Graphic Design

Education modules


 Clothing, Textile, and Fashion Design

Key to module codes


Fibres, fabrics and personal development


Design, finishes and clothing


Textiles, fashion and products


Production, preparation, design techniques and marketing


Research, development and modelling, African textiles





Module list

Year I

Semester I

PDT1190 Fibres, Yarns & Fabrics

PDT1191 Textile and Fabric Design

PDT1193 Fabric Production

Education modules


Semester II

PDT1290 Testing of Yarns & Products

PDT1291 Finishing and Finishes

PDT1294 Preparation processes

Education modules

Year II

Semester I

PDT2190 Life Style & Fashion Design

PDT2192 Textile Modelling

PDT2195 Fashion Modelling

Education modules


Semester II

PDT2290 Clothing Factory Practice

PDT2291 Fashion Design

PDT2292 Textile Design Techniques

Education modules                                              

Year III


PDT3000 Industrial Attachment

Year IV

Semester I

PST 4124 Design Marketing

PDT4192 Textile Designs

PDT4194 Research in Clothing, Textiles & Fashion

 Education modules


Semester II

PST4010 Final Year Project

PDT4224 Personal Development

PDT4292 Textiles and Fashion Products

PST4222 Graphic design

Education modules

TOTAL Design and Technology

Key to module codes


Design, development, Implementation and workshop


Technology and society


Products, production and aesthetics


Design products


Power, control & electronic circuits





Module list

Year I

Semester I

PDT1126 Foundations of Design & Technology

PTE1145 Engineering Drawing I

PTE1147 Modelling and materials

Education Modules


Semester II

PDT1225 Design Proposals

PTE1253 Electronic Eng circuits and devices

PTE1256 Workshop technology and safety

Education Modules

Year II

Semester I

PDT2126 Development of designs

PDT2127 Design Processes

PDT2128 Theories of Design and technology

Education Modules


Semester II

PDT2224 Product development

PDT2226 Contemporary Design & Technology

PDT2227 Aesthetics, Ergonomics and Energy

Education Modules

Year III


PDT3000 Industrial Attachment

Year IV

Semester I

PDT4126 Tool Technology

PDT4127 Practical Technology

PDT4129 Design & Technology Products

Education Modules


Semester II

PST4010 Final Year Project

PST4227 Graphic design

PDT4228 Mechanisms, Structures & Designs

PDT4229 Power sources & Control.

Education Modules



PDT1120              History of Design                            

A survey of art, architectural, fashion, textile and graphic designs. A historical study of design techniques. Development of designs from Industrial Revolution. Contribution of the art movements and industrial revolution to design. History of portrait, fashion photography and textile designing.  Contribution of art to design.


PDT1121              Traditional and Contemporary Issues                      

A study and exploration of the critical theory and its application in design. Art movements and their role in the development of designs. Critical thinking, creativity, innovation and inventions. Evaluation of contemporary works of designs.


PDT1126              Foundations of Design and Technology                   

Issues of definition and scope. Nature of design and technology activity. Capability and creativity. Action knowledge, cognitive processes. Development of skills and personal qualities.  Learning by researching. Sustaining learning through motivation and engagement of the learner. Contexts: breadth, depth, balance and relevance. Transferability of knowledge to design situations. Frame work for progression from one level to another.


PDT1147               Modelling and materials                 

Materials classification and their structure, atomic bonding in materials, crystallisation, dislocations, plastic deformation, temperature measurement, phase diagrams, solidification, liquidification, vaporization, alloy formation, types of material, composite, selection and their applications i.e. wood, plastics, ceramics and other alloys. Materials for Modelling, Theories of models and model making. Imagination, creativity, innovation and invention. Image formation, model making and realization. Problem solving, visual patterns, models, prototypes and artifacts.. Material selection for designs, experimentation with a range materials.  Costs of models for designs, Classification of properties and analysis of materials for design models and product development. Testing and evaluating materials. Directory of design materials. Analysis of design case studies.


PDT1190              Fibres, Yarns and Fabrics                             

Classification of textile fibres; broad outline of production methods of the main man-made fibres; physical and behavioural characteristics. Fibres to Yarns, Fibres preparatory processes, carding, intermediate stage-processing and spinning within the various systems. Filaments and their preparation; classification.


PDT1191              Textile and Fabric Design                              

In this module students should develop a critical appreciation of design through the study of contemporary, historical and multicultural design sources and processes. Explore a range of traditional, contemporary and experimental textile and fabric design processes and techniques  such as design principles, contemporary fashion design, home based and industrial. Clothing manufacturing processes. Textile applications.  Designing to specification. Application of colour. Environmental issues.


PDT1193              Fabric Production                            

Woven, knitted and non-woven structures, their production, processes, design and analysis advances and future trends, selection of fabrics,. Product design and development


PDT1220              Drawing and Anthropometrics                    

Drawing through perception. Importance of drawing skills. Mark and image making. Principles and skills of drawing: observation, still life drawing, analysis of drawings. Exploration drawing techniques; pen, pencil and wash. Anatomy and anthropometrics. Principles of anthropometric drawing. Importance of anthropometrics in design. Drawing from models. Importance of measurements in anthropometrics.


PDT1221               Design Analysis               

Analyzing a design into: design brief, search and order information on a design problem.  Appraisal of situations with specific requirements taking into account human needs, aesthetic, technical and environmental factors. Generate and explore ideas and concepts. Evaluate ideas, selection and modelling of a design proposal. Developing a design proposal. design techniques, technology and technology processes. Historical & contextual, cultural contexts relativity.


PDT1222              Fine Art Studio I                

This module articulates fine art ideas to give students an opportunity to work imaginatively in painting, drawing, sculpture printmaking and photography. Students should develop subject knowledge through fine art activities and contemporary art. Line drawing, life drawing and free hand sketching, Intermediate line drawing, life drawing and sketching, perception and application in use of colour in a variety of media.


PDT1225              Design Proposals                            

Identifying needs through practical design activity. Design concepts. Design case studies. Preparing design brief, investigating, writing specification and modelling. 


PDT1290              Testing of Yarns and Products

Yarns- linear density, count, twist, regularity, strength, effects of moisture; fabrics-physical analysis for mass and unit production. Fabric sett; ends and picks and modules per unit length, count of yarn from fabrics, Fabric products-abrasion, resistance / piling. Air water and moisture/ vapour permeability.


PDT1291               Finishing and Finishes                   

Finishing processes for various textile materials, application of finishes for enhancement and performance; product and garment after care-labeling, applied finishes selection of laundering processes.


PDT1293              Preparation processes                   

Preparation processes for various  textile applications of colour, printing, fastness, principles of colouration.


PDT2122              Electronic Imaging          

Constructivist theory of design. Electronic imaging and designing. Corel draw, Computer Aided Drawing, digital imaging, digital drawing and photography and scanning. Uploading and down loading electronic images. Combing digital images and colour for imaging.


PDT2124              Practical Development of Designs              

This module provides students a professional context to study and put into practice art and design skills undertake activities such as painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and photography. Students develop skills through project work in fine art, textiles, graphic design, photography, sculpture or ceramics. 


PDT2126              Development of Designs               

Generating and recording possible solutions assessing possible solutions through a variety of techniques. Develop a detailed project proposal for production of final product. Identifying resources needed for the realization of a solution and costing.  Implementation: organizing resources, making the product using appropriate hand tools and machines tools/ equipment. Testing and evaluation. Efficient use of materials, energy and other resources for production. Testing and evaluation: Devise appropriate tests for assessing products. Suggesting  possible solutions.


PDT2127              Design Processes                            

Students apply the design process considering its application in identification of a need or opportunity leading to a design brief, analysis of and research into the design brief which results in a specification. Generation and appraisal of design ideas. Modelling of ideas. Product development and planning. Realization. Testing and evaluation. The design process stages: Identifying need. Conception, sketching and drawing, design brief, specification, research, generating possible solutions, modelling, review design, improve and make. Present for testing and evaluation.   Methods: step by step working from conception to final production. Problem solving.


PDT2128              Theories of Design and Technology                          

Theories: Socio-cultural learning theories, Constructivist theory.  Critical theory, institutional theories. Nature of knowledge and its place in education, meanings and areas of design & technology and their justification.  Components of design & technology, and curriculum content and experiences for the learner. Technological  literacy and capability. STEM and Professional Development of teachers on delivery.


PDT2190              Life Style and Fashion Design                     

People’s life styles; the psychology of clothing, comfort in dress and clothing. Analysis and characteristics of sports and dress textiles and fabrics; sports fashion.


PDT2192              Textile Modelling                              

Textile design techniques; colour theory, colour media, colour separation. Exercises in designing textiles for fashion wear.


PDT2195              Fashion Modelling                           

History of costumes, fashion designs, art movements that influence fashion design. Images for fashion modelling. Fashion drawing, pattern making using ICT. Clothing vs. fashion.


PDT2222              Fine Art Studio II (Visual Communication)              

Principles and elements of design. Perception; texture, line, harmony, rhythm, motion.  Principles of design and perception; texture, line, form, harmony, rhythm, motion style. The concept of form and style. Elements of design; colour theory, painting, variety of visual media, processing and identifying and understanding properties of colour, use of colour as a tool for designs, impact of colour upon the viewer. Visual literacy: cultural and environmental factors. Advanced line drawing, life drawing and sketching, incorporating any one of the following electives calligraphy, photography, theatre design, interior decoration.


PDT2223              Set Designs                       

Spatial designs and approaches in interior design, stage design and exhibitions. Commissioned designs, major design projects: planning specific site designs, producing installations and designing environments.


PDT2224              Product Development                     

Application of the design process in the development of design products. Development of drawing skills through imagination, origination, creativity and realizing of own ideas through products. Mini design projects and production of designs.


PDT2226              Contemporary Design and Technology                    

 Recognize and examine rational approaches to design. Conservation of resources,  obsolesce and the role of recycling. Effects of designs upon society, Differences between individual, small batch and mass production and how each affects means of production, products and the people involved.


PDT2227              Aesthetics, Ergonomics and Energy                          

Aesthetics; use of design elements, effects of light and shade and rendering on solid forms, surface finishes. Aesthetic sensibility and vocabulary : harmony, conflict, static & dynamic. Significance of style and influence of fashion and design on designs. Ergonomics: Understand the influence of ergonomics in design. Interpreting and  applying anthropometric data in designs. Energy: sources of energy, influence of infinite supplies; fossil fuels, regenerative forms of energy, storage of energy, methods of conservation and transmission and mechanisms. Control and control techniques: basic principles, semi-automatic and automatic control, input and output,  feedback & amplification. Principles employed in CAD/CAM.


PDT2290               Clothing Factory Practice                              

Students shall be exposed to standard fashion practice during clothing production. Safety management systems. Factory operations. Factory practice; effects of practice. Factory equipment.


PDT2291              Fashion Design               

Concept of fashion, fashion trends, contemporary fashion, National, regional and international fashion designers and their collection; Emerging artists and their collection.. Studio practice in fashion design. Application of design principles.


PDT2292              Textile Design Techniques                            

Visual research and drawing techniques, innovation, creativity design techniques; printing, knitting, embroidery and appliqué; students are encouraged to develop personal ideas.


PDT4122              Design Media                     

Contemporary design practice: A project based module to offer students the opportunity to explore and experience with some of the visual effects of information communication  technology. Applying the design process in developing visual designs. Defining objectives, identifying constraints through synthesis of design solutions, presentation of designs using ICT. Producing still and animated electronic designs. Evaluation of design work and digital images in galleries, museums, electronic devices and other art & design centres.


PDT4123              Visual Inquiry                    

This module is on visual research. Approaches in visual research. Concepts, testing and evaluation of visual objects and images. Types of research in design. Developing own designs. Research strategy in design. Involving the consumer in designing and design research. Research methods in design. Inquiry by design.


PDT4124              Design Marketing                             

Combining design skills, creative ability and analytical skills. Carry out market research and develop new products. Study consumer behaviour in selling and advertising design products. Design management and the role of competition in design. Textile Design and Fashion Marketing, Textile  and fabric merchandizing; visual merchandizing,, retail merchandizing   and their effects. Merchandising techniques. Sales, fashion shows, exhibitions of textiles and fashion designs. 


PDT4126              Tool Technology                              

Understanding the cutting action of lathe, end milling, drilling, sawing and hand cutting. Maintenance of hand and machine tool cutting edges, cutting action of drills, lathe tools and hand tools. Tool technology, selecting tools and materials. Processes: marking, cutting shaping, joining and assembling methods. Temporary and permanent fixing. Applying finishes according to material use. Testing: non-destructive testing, including strain gauges and photo elasticity. Understanding tensile, compressive, shear, bending, torsion and impact.


PDT4127              Practical Technology                      

Technological Design and Production. Effect of developments on designs and manufacture of artifacts. Terms: invention, innovation and evolution. Use of CAD (computer aided design) for the storage of and retrieval of data and manipulation of images to aid design production and management. Features of CAM (computer aided manufacture) in the control of machines.


PDT4129              Design and Technology Products                               

This module should give students experience in carrying out design research in their special areas. Students should take leading position in conducting mini research on a topic of interest produce a product or system.


PDT4192              Textile Designs                 

A critical evaluation of African textiles designs and styles; fashion designs function and dress; Ornamentation, use of colour, embroidery, appliqué  ornamentation. Equipment for ornamentation.


PDT4194              Research in Clothing, Textiles and Fashion                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

This is a project based enquiry that shall provide students with an opportunity to critically evaluate emerging technologies in textile, clothing and fashion design. Research shall be conducted and presentations made on a topic selected from either clothing, textiles or fashion design. Focus shall provide the means to examine the parameters of each aspect and technologies used in detail. Students shall acquire understanding of the design process and develop in-depth drawing and colour expertise alongside technical skills.


PDT4221              Design Enquiry                 

This is a design enrichment module in Research & Development (R&D). It provides students with an opportunity to investigate, designs and design concepts. Testing and evaluating designs. Design co-operation, meaning of, activities and side effects. Research strategy formulation; approaches to designs and design settings, research quality, research methods in designing.   


PDT4222/PST4276             Graphic Design                

The nature and history of graphic design, Fundamental of computer graphics Two dimensional drawing ( 2-D), Three dimensional drawing (3-D) in graphic design. ICT for designing. photo realism, retracing radiosity and particle tracing Digital drawing,  digital photography. Developing designs from digital images. Computer  design software and tools for graphic design.. Advertizing designs and print media. Development of graphic products, magazines, packing and posters. Designing using software e g., CorelDraw, Publisher, Photoshop and other software: Color, textures, human visual system. Design influences and methodology. Marketing methods in the commercial world. Practice in the use of CAD and Corel Draw. Production of graphical products. Costing, storage, retrieval, modification, of drawings and integration of data for costing, stock control. Drawing conventions for engineering, electrical and architectural designs. Recording information: Techniques, for recording, and manipulation of design information ideas, and processing. Free-hand sketching and drawing, annotation, recording information: bar charts, pie charts, 2D & 3D charts, graphs, tables, pictograms, ideograms etc. Analyzing data and other information.


PDT4224              Personal Development                   

Studying the environment, identifying design problems in specialist areas of study and coming up with solutions to the problems; The module draws together previous, relevant subject experience and provides a context within which a student can work at a level of a professional designer. Students are expected to analyze a brief and translate it into a detailed specification based on investigations on existing competitor products and produce a model or prototype as a solution to the problem.


PDT4228              Mechanisms, Structures and designs                       

Terms and their meaning: load, effort, mechanical advantage, velocity. Methods of converting linear to rotary motion, use of cams, cranks and ratchets. Converting and transiting methods. Friction and lubrication, hydraulic and pneumatic systems for linear motion. Structures: frame and mono structures, on buildings, bridges, cranes, furniture etc. Problem solving, problem solving, forces of equilibrium. Bow’s notation for the resolution by graphical means. Presentation drawings.


PDT4229/PTE4253            Power Sources & Control                             

Characteristics of AC and DC. Principles of step down/up. Voltage and current regulation. Application of Ohm’s Law, Measuring voltage, current and resistance. Electronics and Control; Types of switches, transistors, Darlington Pair, capacitors, diodes, sneers, LEDs photodiodes, resistors, transducers. Calculating resistance of series and parallel resistors.


PDT4292              Textiles and Fashion Products                    

Textiles and leather products.. Images and imaging of textile products. Industrial Products. Oriental, Western and African textile products. Quality, purposes and prices.  Fashion involvement, emotions, Impulse buying, Hedonic consumption tendency.



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