Graphic Design

Graphic Design

The Diploma in Graphic Design offers you a diverse practical and theoretical exposure to enable entry into the professional field of graphic design or illustration.

Diploma in Graphic Design- three-year diploma at NQF6 with 360 credits
SAQA Qualification ID No. 49863

You will acquire a wide variety of professional skills and a thorough knowledge of visual communication in order to produce an industry ready professional portfolio in your area of specialization.

Photograph by Matthew Slot


The curriculum integrates a balanced approach towards both practice and theory within an intimate class environment. The program focuses on:

  • Realisation of your full design and illustration potential
  • Design related computer technology and software
  • Preparation to work as part of a team in a professional studio
  • Skills to also become an independent entrepreneur
  • Exposure to industry with opportunities to work shadow, engage in projects with real clients and freelance
  • Production of a professional portfolio

Time management, meeting of deadlines and the ability to work under pressure are emphasized as being crucial to success within the industry. The Graphic Design programme instills a sound work ethic through professional practice and business management skills and also allows you to establish yourself as a successful, independent designer. 

Staff are united in the common goal of educational excellence within the framework of a friendly atmosphere and are committed to helping students realise their full potential.

Course Content

1st year

Practical

Design and Advertising (Major)
36 credits NQF5

DTP - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
18 credits NQF5

Drawing
12 credits NQF5

Illustration
12 credits NQF5

Printmaking
12 credits NQF5

Photography
12 credits NQF5

Theory

Visual Discourse
18 credits NQF6

2nd year

Practical

Design and Advertising (Major)
36 credits NQF6

Illustration (Second Major)
24 credits NQF6

DTP - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign,
24 credits NQF6

Techniques and Reproduction
12 credits NQF6

Theory

Graphic Design Discourse
18 credits NQF6

Professional Practice
6 credits NQF6

3rd Year

Practical

Design and Advertising (Major) 
39 credits NQF6

Illustration (Second Major)
24 credits NQF6

DTP - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Web Design
15 credits NQF6

Theory

Extended Essay
30 credits NQF7

Professional Practice
12 credits NQF7

Pricing

Academic Fees
Fees for 2021 are R60 945 for local and SADC students and R67 039.50 for non SADC foreign students.

Registration Fee
R9960

The Registration fee is included in the total fee and payable in advance to secure the academic space offered.

FEES

FEES

If the student is offered a study place and accepts the study place, the student formally registers. Registration commits the student to the programme and to pay the applicable fees.

If a student is under the age of 21 years of age then the Registration Form and Declaration and Undertaking Form needs to be signed by a parent or a legal guardian.

All foreign students are required to pay the 50% of their fees prior to documents being generated for a Study Visa. If the student is not granted a VISA, the fees less the Registration Fee may be refunded.

PAYMENT OF FEES

Student fees may be paid via EFT or directly in person to the admin office.

Student fees are required to be settled in full by the 30 June annually.

All students (first, second and third) are required to pay the Registration fee at the beginning of each year.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND INTEREST FREE PAYMENT PLANS

Students can apply for an extended payment plan for the balance of fees (after the Registration Fee has been paid) which are settled in equal monthly instalments from March to November (9 Months) at no interest. The request must be applied for in writing to the Executive Head egeustyn@ruthprowse.co.za by the 15th February.  

R 9 960.00 for Registration by 15 February 2021

9 payments of 5 665.00 from the end of March to the end of December 2021

DISCOUNTS FOR ALL STUDENTS- SA, SADC and Foreign

Discounts will be allocated for the full settlement of fees by direct transfer as reflected in the School's account or money received by the administration office. A discount of 10% at Registration by 15 February 2021 and a discount of 5% by 15 March 2021 for full settlement of fees.

There is no discount on the administration fee for foreign students.

Application steps

01

Apply

Complete an application form

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admission requirements

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Payment

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