What is graphic design? Developing a big idea with creative communication solutions to ensure a message is received.
Whether you're looking to freelance, work for an agency, or move into the corporate space, this online graphic design course will equip you with the technical and creative skills you need to become a successful graphic designer.
Learn how to produce captivating content for print and digital, as well as how to make use of graphic design programmes, with a specific focus on Adobe Illustrator.1
1 Please note: GetSmarter won’t provide the software needed for the course, you will be responsible for ensuring you have the necessary software to complete the course.Download course prospectus
What will set you apart
In just 10 weeks, this online course introduces you to both the theoretical and practical aspects of graphic design:
- Receive the best knowledge advantage when it comes to visual communication and aesthetic principles
- Execute design projects on the course using Adobe Illustrator
- Produce work for both print and digital formats
- Develop a sense for the business side of this field
Become a confident graphic designer with this online graphic design course from UCT. This short course will help you to have the most impact on both consulting and personal projects, and give you up-to-date design skills. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll receive graphic design training in your own time, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. Here’s what you’ll cover:
- Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
- Course Module 1: What is Graphic Design?
- Course Module 2: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
- Course Module 3: Understanding digital images
- Course Module 4: Visual communication
- Course Module 5: Layout and composition
- Course Module 6: Idea generation and research
- Course Module 7: Working with text (typography)
- Course Module 8: Designing for print
- Course Module 9: Creating designs for the web
- Course Module 10: The business of Graphic Design
Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)
On completion of this course you earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.
Your teaching team
At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.
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WHAT ARE MY PAYMENT OPTIONS?
You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.
If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.
WILL I HAVE THE TIME?
GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.
At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.
CAN MY EMPLOYER ASSIST WITH PAYMENT?
By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.
Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?
37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.
WHAT IS THE ONLINE CAMPUS?
The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.
On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.