In our 14 week Graphic Design Beginner with Adobe Illustrator course you’ll master the basics by learning about the elements and principles of design, colour theory and typography.

  • Duration

    14 Weeks

  • Class fee

    R16,500

  • Starts

    06 June 2022

About this course

Get a certificate that’ll give you a competitive edge.

Our 14-week course delves into all the fundamentals you’ll need to be a graphic designer. Learn about all aspects of design; historical, theoretical and practical. You’ll master the basics with a foundational understanding of the elements and principles of design, colour theory and typography, learn how to create a corporate identity, design logos, ads and images for social media. You’ll be well on your way to having your own creative portfolio.


You’ll gain the practical skills by using Adobe Illustrator to design a logo and corporate identity, create layouts (poster and ads) and apply your graphic design skills to create social media images. Better yet, it’s been designed by our on-campus lecturers, so you get to benefit from their years of experience, expertise and proven ability to develop award-winning talent. FREE Adobe Creative Cloud and eBook included for the duration of the course!

Outline

This course is made up of 7 practical modules:

  • Module 1:Graphic Design Theory
  • Module 2:Design Process and Ideation
  • Module 3:Colour Theory
  • Module 4:The Principles and Elements of Design
  • Module 5:Type and Layout
  • Module 6:Logo Design and Corporate Identity
  • Module 7:Design for Social Media

Benefits

At the end of this course, you’ll:

  • Master the basics of graphic design principles and applications
  • Learn about the elements and principles of design, colour theory, typography and how to pick the perfect font.
  • Be able to put this knowledge into practice using Adobe Illustrator by designing a logo, corporate identity, poster design and other layouts.
  • Be able to apply what you’ve learnt to digital design for social media
  • Gain the contextual understanding of the history of graphic design, stylistic movements and the famous designers that made an impact.

Prerequisites

The foundations of graphic design - assuming students are already familiar with the Adobe software, or teaching the Adobe software - while disregarding critical elements (like colour, typography, layout, etc) that make for powerful design


Our course is different in that it provides a robust introduction to both essential elements and principles of design, based on our extensive experience of (and reputation for) producing incredible designers from our full-time programmes.


So, know that you'll be learning from the best. But also that this course isn't for everyone. Here's a quick checklist of who is best suited, and what is needed to get the maximum benefit.


Characteristics and Skills

While this is an introductory course, it’s also designed to test whether you have the attributes needed for this discipline – like drive, determination, and self-motivation.

You’ll need:

The commitment to self-study (eg. the e-book guiding you on how to use Adobe Illustrator)

  • A basic understanding of computers and ability to learn new software (we know this seems obvious, but past experience has proven otherwise), along with exposure to any programme requiring simple design elements like layout, cropping images and crafting of typography (e.g. Powerpoint, Keynote, etc)
  • To factor in weekly deadlines: two for module 7, one per week for the rest
  • To make time to attend the tutorials: Attendance is highly recommended as you’ll get personal feedback, input and advice .

It works as follows:

  • Lecturers will provide video feedback on your submissions byWednesday.
  • On Friday, you’ll have a live video tutorial session with your marker, so you can ask any questions you still have.
  • A warning to perfectionists (the mark of great designers): you may end up spending longer on assignments than expected. But you’ll love every minute and be so absorbed in crafting the best outcome, it won’t matter.

System Requirements

A computer: essential for taking advantage of the 14-week Adobe Illustrator license (included in the price) and accessing the eBook, which teaches you how to use the software.

Check out the system requirements here:

  • A scanner (or scanner app on your smartphone).
  • Sketching tools: A fineliner and some colour pencils for sketching and drawing.

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Frequently asked questions

How many hours per week do I need to set aside?

Varies per course – average 6-8. For more intense courses (or perfectionists) more like 10.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes, we have partnered with Mobicred to provide monthly payment options.

How will these courses help me?

Theory backed by practical exercises to clue you in to industry-necessary tools and practices and prepare you for real industry briefs and contexts

Why Red & Yellow?

Our content is great and developed in consultation with industry experts
Our Course Coordinators are renowned for being dedicated and working very hard to help you complete the courses and get your certificate
We include personalised feedback on written assessments, which provide guidance and add that extra touch to help you refine your work and prepare you for industry.

What’s the difference between Red & Yellow and a MOOC, or Udemy?

The personal touch. There’s a reason why MOOCs/Udemy have dismal completion rates while ours is exceptionally high.
Our Course Coordinators and Facilitators are there to guide, assist and coach you through the course

Are your short courses accredited?

All our short courses are aligned to relevant SAQA (South African Qualification Authority) unit standards, usually at NQF 5 level
Many of our short courses can be run as accredited, which means you will earn credits when you successfully complete the course and hand in the necessary portfolio of evidence
Completing the portfolio and facilitating your external assessment and moderation is an additional fee on top of the online course fee.

Are your short courses and programmes internationally accredited/recognised?

Completing one of our short courses with the accredited option, will award you credits for the unit standards you have completed.
These unit standards are registered with SAQA at the relevant NQF level, which are recognisable internationally

Why are your short courses and programmes so expensive?
  • Because they’re very good.
  • Because we do not simply resell content from other institutions or developers. We oversee the development of all our content and ensure it meets the R&Y standards.
  • Because we provide the personal touch.
    • Our courses include support, coaching and guidance from our Course Coordinators to keep you motivated and on course
    • Students have access to knowledge experts and facilitators through regular tutorials and other forms of student engagement.
    • We manage queries personally and provide individualised and tailored responses
  • Workshops and videos in our programmes are hosted by content and industry experts
  • Our assessments are practical and provide as much exposure to simulated industry briefs as possible
  • We provide individual feedback on each written assessment that help students understand where they may have gone wrong, and how to improve in their next submission.
Are there any cancellation fees?
  • If you wish to cancel participation in an online course after paying (in part or in full), the following applies provided you notify Red & Yellow in writing:
  • No later than 7 (seven) days prior to course commencement date: you are entitled to a full refund of all amounts paid, (Excluding Application Acceptance fees).
  • Within the 7 day period prior to course commencement date: you will be liable for a cancellation fee equal to 5% of the total fee for the relevant course. (Red & Yellow shall refund all amounts paid by you to Red & Yellow in respect of the course, less the cancellation fee); or
  • Cancellations on or after the date of commencement of the course are not eligible for any refund.
What do I need to do if I need to defer?
  • In the event that you wish to defer your participation in any course for which you have registered and paid, you are required to apply for a deferral in writing by no later than 7 (seven) days prior to the date of commencement of the course. Red & Yellow shall only accept applications for deferrals received after the commencement of a course in certain situations and will not award any credits for assignments completed at the time of requesting the deferral. The following situations, inter alia, may qualify an individual for a deferral:
  • Financial concerns i.e. retrenchments, unexpected expenses
  • Family responsibility i.e. loss of a loved one, need to take care of an ill family member, marriage
  • Personal health i.e. physical and/or mental health concerns
  • Any Other reason deemed reasonable considering the circumstances of the case as determined by the manager of course coordination.
  • Red and Yellow will charge a deferral fee as follows, which must be paid in order to defer participation:
    • 10% of the course price on registration for online qualifications and programmes
    • 15% for online short courses
Do I get a Certificate when I finish the course?
  • Yes, you get a Red & Yellow certificate of completion.
  • If you take an accredited version of the course, you will also receive a Statement of Results (SOR) from the SETA with which the course is registered.
    • Please note verification from the relevant SETA can take up to 2 – 3 months to be successfully completed.
Why should I do an accredited course? What are the benefits?
  • Red & Yellow’s accredited courses give you credits toward a formal SAQA registered qualification, a National Certificate.
    • If you complete all the unit standards for a specified qualification, within a specified time frame, you will be awarded that qualification through the SETA.
    • Alternatively, should you choose to enrol in a full qualification, for which you already hold credits, these credits contribute to the completion of the qualification
  • Employers seem to assign more weight to courses that are ‘accredited’ on your CV, as it provides them peace of mind that the course you completed was aligned to a SAQA Unit Standard, with specific outcomes and tied to an NQF level.
How can I get my employer to pay for a short course or programme? (list BBBEE benefits)
  • You will need to complete a cost estimate and we will invoice your company directly.
  • Accredited online courses qualify as Category E training and provide more skills development recognition as well as more B-BBEE points.
Can I start the course whenever I want?
  • Unfortunately, No. R&Y courses are run according to a set course calendar. [maybe a link to the course calendar here]
  • Courses have a set start date and end date, with specific hand in dates and tutorial sessions scheduled at set points within the course.
  • Research has shown that scheduled courses have better student engagement and completion rates, than courses that run asynchronously.
  • Scheduled courses ensure you will have the company and support not only of our content team and course coordinators, but also of your fellow students.
Do I have a coach to support me along the way?
  • You have regular opportunities to interact with content experts to ask questions, and your course coordinator will be there to help you across the line.
Do I have to finish within a certain time period?
  • Our courses are run according to set schedules, which means you need to finish within the time allotted for the course. If you defer, you still need to complete the course within two years.