Natalie Houston

Office: GEH B217



Studio Skills
Visual Form 1
Visual Techniques 1



Natalie Houston is a registered Ph.D. student at the University of Johannesburg and currently serves as a Lecturer at Wenzhou-Kean University. Natalie was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. After graduating with a Diploma from the Department of Marketing and Sales Management in 1989 at the then-named Natal Technikon, in Durban, South Africa. Natalie was awarded an 18-month scholarship by the German Government to work and gain practical experience in Germany. While in Germany she worked for Volkswagen and Audi, in their Marketing and Strategic Planning departments respectively. In 1996, Natalie returned to Germany from South Africa to study Graphic Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Dusseldorf. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design in 2004. She lectured at the Durban University of Technology in the Faculty of Arts, in the Department of Graphic Design for nine years. In 2013 Natalie joined the University of Dammam in Saudi Arabia, as a lecturer in Graphic Design. She currently holds a Master’s Degree in Graphic Design. She was the recipient of a UNICAF scholarship from the University of South Wales where she graduated a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2018.


Education Background

2019: The University of Johannesburg, Ph.D. in Art, and Design student.
2016 – 2018: University of South Wales (2016 – 2018), Master of Business Administration.
2008 – 2011: Durban University of Technology (DUT), Masters Degree in Graphic Design.
1998 – 2004: Fachhochschule Dusseldorf (University of Applied Sciences Dusseldorf) – Germany, Diplom Grafik Design (Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design).


Research interests

Photographic Documentary. Visual Representations of Constructed  Identity



D&AD New Blood Award 2014, Natal Technikon Scholarships (1988 – 1991).
Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft Scholarship, Germany (July 1991 – December 1992).
Carl Duisberg Centrum, German Language School (July 1991 – December 1991).
Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg (Strategic Marketing) , Germany (03 February 1992 – 10 July 1992).
BBDO & Wensauer DDB Needham Advertising Agencies, Dusseldorf – Germany (July 1992).
Natal Technikon Caltex and Shell Scholarships (1988 – 1991)