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


Design and Advertising (Major)
36 credits NQF5

DTP - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
18 credits NQF5

12 credits NQF5

12 credits NQF5

12 credits NQF5

12 credits NQF5


Visual Discourse
18 credits NQF6

2nd year


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


Graphic Design Discourse
18 credits NQF6

Professional Practice
6 credits NQF6

3rd Year


Design and Advertising (Major) 
39 credits NQF6

Illustration (Second Major)
24 credits NQF6

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


Extended Essay
30 credits NQF7

Professional Practice
12 credits NQF7


Academic Fees
2019 R59 750 for SA and SADC students

Registration Fee

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


The fees for 2020 are R59750 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. All students are liable for any bank fees for cash deposits.

There are no application fees.

The fees for 2020 are R65725 for non-SADC foreign students. First Year Foreign students are required to settle 50% of their fees upon acceptance of an academic space prior to the Visa application.

Visa documents will only be generated once payment has been received. If the student is not granted a visa, the fees less the registration fee may be refunded.


Student fees may be paid via the website or directly in person to the admin office. Student fees are required to be settled in full by the 30 May annually.


Students can apply for extended payment plans. After the payment of the Registration Fee, fees can be settled in equal monthly installments from February to October (9 Months) at no interest. The request must be applied for in writing to the Executive Head at the beginning of each academic year. Applications for extended settlement will not be considered after the 30th January annually.

R9660 for Registration by 10 December  and 9 payments of R5 565.56 from the end of February to the end of October 2020.


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. There are no discounts for credit card payments. There are no discounts on the Registration Fees for foreign students who are not SADC. SA and SADC students: A discount of R5975 at Registration by 1 February 2020 and a discount of R2987.50 by 28 February 2020 for full settlement of fees via EFT or in cash directly to administration at the school.  For foreign students: A discount of R5606.50 at Registration by 1 February 2020 and a discount of R2803.25 by 28 February 2020.

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