Welcome to SAQA Seminar!

This year's theme is all about VISUAL DESIGN and covers four topics: Elements of Design, Principles of Design, Design Processes, and Evaluation of Design. Launched on September 10, new content will be released throughout September and October.

You can begin exploring at any time - everything will always be accessible to members in our SAQA Seminar archives.

If you have any questions, please let us know at seminar@saqa.com. Enjoy your explorations of design!

Unit 1: Elements of Design

Get yourself familiar with the basic elements of design (form, shape, line, color, value, space and texture) and how they play a role in the design process.  MORE INFO »

Unit 2: Principles of Design

Now find out how to organize elements in your artwork by using the principles of design (pattern, rhythm, proportion, balance, unity and emphasis). MORE INFO »


Unit 3: Design Process

Let's put it all together and explore how elements and principles work together in the design process. Get a peek into the creative journeys of other artists. MORE INFO »


Unit 4: Evaluation of Design

Once the design process is over, it's time to review the overall composition of the piece. Evaluate how everything fits together and make some final design choices. MORE INFO »




SAQA Seminar FAQs

What is SAQA Seminar?

Launched in 2016, SAQA Seminar is an annual project offered through the Education Committee just for SAQA members. We wanted to provide members with opportunities to learn more about a particular topic, share their expertise, ask questions, have conversations, and meet new people.

SAQA Seminar is a multi-media collection of content that will be released throughout September and October. It will include articles, resources, video conversations, a special Facebook group and opportunities for “live chats” using Zoom video conferencing. All the offerings are accessible online. (It’s not a traditional retreat, workshop, class or conference. It’s all virtual.)


I can't access the resources - what is my login?

The members-only content of SAQA Seminar is available to current SAQA members only. You will need to login to your mySAQA account to access the information. Don't remember your mySAQA password? Here is a link to request a password reset email. If you require additional assistance, please contact us at website@saqa.com.


What are Live Chats?

Live Chats are online informal discussions about all things Visual Design. You can meet fellow SAQA Seminar participants face-to-face during these hour-long video chats throughout each unit of the SAQA Seminar. Times and days will vary fromto reach the widest audience across time zones and schedules.

Live Chat uses the Zoom videoconference meeting platform, a simple, fun, approach to gathering people together. Zoom can be used with all types of devices – PCs, Macs, tablets, iPhones, Android, and more! If you are unable to connect via the internet, you can opt to call in via phone instead.

Please note that Live Chats are not recorded for future viewing. Remember, these are not presentations but rather designed to be informal discussions between participants. We want everyone on their videocams to feel comfortable among friends and be willing to freely share their creative journeys. 


Why do I need to register?

Since SAQA Seminar is only available to members, you do need to register first. This ensures that you receive the weekly SAQA Seminar email plus receive access to all the online opportunities. Remember to add saqa.com to your list of approved senders so our emails don't end up in your spam. However, all the information will also be available online. 

You will need to login to your mySAQA account as part of the registration process. Don't remember your mySAQA password? Here is a link to request a password reset email. If you require additional assistance, please contact us at website@saqa.com.

While you can register without logging in, we do prefer that you login first. Otherwise we have to merge your records and this may delay your access to the online resources.


Due to my work / travel schedule, I can't participate all the time. Is this a problem?

That's totally fine! SAQA Seminar is not an online course with classes that you are required to attend. Except for the scheduled Live Chats (which are optional), everything will be available online.

You can begin exploring when we kick off on September 10 or you may find your way to all the great resources several weeks later.



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