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  • Account holders with AUTHOR PERMISSIONS will see a menu link to submit their abstract. Authors can view, edit, update or delete their own abstracts until 4 April 2017.
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Final Stage

Thank you to all the authors who submitted papers to DEFSA for the DEFSA 14th National Conference Proceedings. Please note that even if you have been provisionally accepted for publication, this is subject to the corrections indicated in the double-blind peer review feed-back being made.

With any peer review feedback, it is up to the author to adopt or reject the recommendations. This is why we have requested that authors list the recommendations from the peer reviewers and their response.

If the author feels the reviewer’s criticism is valid, please indicate the changes made to accommodate this. If the author feels that the comment is not valid, indicate why they have not changed the paper in response.

  1. Log onto the DEFSA site
  2. Go to My Abstracts, and click on the heading to view the entire abstract in full.
  3. Review the feedback from the peer review process which is shown in the sidebar alongside your abstract. In some cases, reviewers have made comments on a separate Word document which you can download from your abstract.
  4. View your abstract, then click on “Edit” to add annexures
    • Final paper (with author/co-authors name and institution) - MS Word
    • List of corrections made - MS Word or PDF
    • Signed Copyright Forms for each author/co-author - Scanned PDF


All final corrected papers must be uploaded by the 6th of November 2017 for consideration in the final conference proceedings. No late submissions will be accepted. The decision of the Peer Review Committee is final.


  • The DEFSA Template must be used therefore only Word documents will be accepted.
  • When you make changes to the final paper, please use track changes in the Word document.
  • For structural and content changes, submit an additional, separate Word document listing the required changes and your responses.
  • Please check that you have used the formatting of the DEFSA template and that you are using the Harvard Referencing Guide (even if reviewers have not highlighted these as corrections).
  • Please ensure that you have complied with ethical requirements of research and your institutions ethical requirements and have adjusted the paper in such a way as to ensure anonymity where required.



The 14th National Conference of the Design Education Forum of SA concluded on a high note with Prof Dei having the last word. There was a real buzz at the well-attended workshop - "Creative Outputs, Research Outputs and Practice-Led Masters and Doctorates in Design: a strategic round-table." Educators and students shared their experiences and perspectives in lively discussions across all design disciplines! 

Delegates who attended the conference proved up to the challenge of engaging with each other on insightful and pressing issues. Freedom Park offered a unique and meaningful space for fruitful and open deliberation.

Those who did not attend might like to read the Full Programme for a fascinating overview of the research currently being undertaken in the field of Design Education.

The 2017 National DEFSA conference was hosted by Tshwane University of Technology & Inscape Education Group and took place in September 2017 at Freedom Park, City of Tshwane.