You’ll get the industry-relevant knowledge, techniques and skills to enter into an entry-level position as a graphic designer. After just 1 year you’ll walk out with a creative portfolio filled with graphic design for both digital and print media to catapult you into industry.

  • Duration

    1 Years

  • Qualification

    NQF 5

  • Class fee


  • Starts

    07 February 2022

A valid National Senior Certificate is required.

About the Programme

If you find yourself looking at brands and thinking about how you would have designed their logo differently or how you would change the packaging of your favourite coffee; if you have a creative flair, a curiosity about how web banners work, and the thinking that goes into those ads in your social media feeds, then this programme is for you.


  • Get equipped with the design thinking and skills to be a Graphic Designer
  • Learn the necessary software (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign and more of the suite), illustration, presentation and time-management skills necessary for a successful career
  • Apply these skills in the execution of a series of digital and print design media
  • Compile an interactive PDF portfolio of your work for the year, which will help catapult you into the industry as a graphic designer
  • Work-integrated learning in the form of an internship at an awesome design studio, corporate or agency

Course outline

The programme includes 6 practical modules with individual and group assessments and work integrated learning.

The programme includes 7 practical modules including individual and group assessments, a work integrated learning element and a final portfolio project:


The principles and elements of design
The design process
Applied illustration techniques
Print design techniques
  • Identity design
  • Packaging design
  • Collateral design
Digital design techniques
  • Design for social media
  • Web banners
  • ePub
  • Introduction to website design
  • Introduction to mobile app design
Work integrated learning

Who you’ll meet

Meet our amazing team of lecturers who are equipped with industry knowledge and skills to prepare students for the dynamic changes in this 21st Century world

CARMEN, Head of Department & Lecturer
  • Most proud of being creative with my super talented students. They teach me something new every day.

The application process

Please have the following ready to complete your online application

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Why choose Red & Yellow


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Red & Yellow is a family; we support and help each other because we’re connected. Our awesome alumni are regular guest speakers, shapers of course content, future employers, role models, and always open to sharing advice or offering a leg-up to other ‘family members’.

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Red & Yellow produces great people who can hit the ground running, and who are able to deliver from day one.

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Frequently asked questions

Will this make me more employable?

Our intense but comprehensive certificates are designed to fast-track your entry into a meaningful career, with practical skills, knowledge and competencies that the industry is desperate for.

When am I on campus?

Lectures take place during the first half of the day, from Mondays to Fridays, leaving you free to work part-time or continue using our facilities

What will I learn?

Everything we’ve learned over the last 25 years has been distilled into a punchy 1-year programme relevant to what industry wants. This entry-level foundation in practical skills based on essential theory equips you for your for your 3 week workplace internship and future career

What qualification will I leave with?

An NQF level-5 certificate based on SAQA unit standards and accredited by MICT SETA