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.

The MAC Lab- photograph by Mathew 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
    2019 R55 200 for SA and SADC students

    Registration Fee
    R9660

    The 2019 fees are projected and based on acceptance by the Board of Directors. The Registration fee is included in the total fee.

    FEES

    The projected total fees for 2019 are R55 200* for local and SADC students. The Registration Fee is R9660. The Registration fee is included in the total fee. There are no application fees.

    Students from SADC countries pay the same fees as local South African nationals but are responsible for the transaction fees of any Forex. Students are liable for any bank fees for cash deposits.

    There are no application fees.

    The projected total fees for 2019 are R 60 720* for non-SADC foreign students and are responsible for the transaction fees of any forex. The Registration Fee is R9 660. The Registration fee is included in the total fee. First Year Foreign students are required to settle 50% of their fees upon acceptance of an academic space prior to the Visa application.

    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 in cash, by credit card, a direct bank deposit or by way of Internet transfer. Please note that students are liable for any bank fees for cash deposits to the school's account. A copy of payment of fees must be faxed or e-mailed as proof of payment with clear identification of the student name. Student Fees are required to be settled in full by the 30 May annually.

    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND INTEREST FREE PAYMENT PLANS

    Students can apply for extended payment plans. Fees are to be settled in equal monthly installments from January to December (11 Months) at no interest. The request must be applied for in writing to the Executive Head egeustyn@ruthprowse.co.za at the beginning of each academic year. Applications for extended settlement will not be considered after the 30th January annually.

    R9660 for Registration by 07 January 2019 and 11 payments of R4140 from the end of February to the end of December 2019.

    DISCOUNTS FOR LOCAL AND SADC STUDENTS

    Discounts will be allocated for the full settlement of fees by direct transfer as reflected in the School's account or cash received by the administration office. A discount of 10% at Registration by 1 February 2019 and a discount of 5% by 28 February 2019 for full settlement of fees via EFT or in cash directly to administration at the school.

    Application steps

    01

    Apply

    Complete an application form

    02

    admission requirements

    We'll need a few things from you to evaluate your application.

    03

    Payment

    If your application is successful we'll inform you of our payment options