Natalie Houston

Office: GHKH A204
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GD 2005: Studio Skills

DSN 1101: Visual Form I

DSN 1103: Visualization Technique I

GD 3020: Graphic Design Fundamentals I

GD 1000: Computers in Graphic Design I

GD 4121: Identity and Info Design

GD 4120: Promotional Design

GD 3010: Typography I

GD 3010: Typography II



Natalie Amy Margaret Houston was born in Durban, South Africa. She attended the then-named Natal Technikon. She graduated with a Diploma in Marketing and Sales Management in 1989, after which she was awarded an 18-month scholarship by the German Government (Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft Scholarship)  to work and gain practical experience in that country. While in Germany she worked for Volkswagen and Audi, in their Marketing and Strategic Planning departments respectively. She 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 (2005 to 2013). In 2013 she 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 the UNICAF scholarship from the University of South Wales, where she graduated with an 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 Field

Photographic Documentary. Visual Representations of Identity. Visual Methodology.



Adobe, Lu Eyvan, Recognition And Commission Of Student Work (2022)

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)