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Higher Certificate in Graphic Design

Have you ever looked at a brand and thought about how you would have designed their logo differently, or wanted to change the packaging of your favourite coffee? If you have a creative flair, a curiosity about how assets like digital banners work, and the thinking that goes into those ads you see in your social media feed, then this Higher Certificate is for you.

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Build the foundations for a successful & creative graphic design career

The programme includes 6 practical modules including individual and group assessments, a work integrated learning element and a final portfolio project. You’ll learn the fundamentals of graphic design, graphic design principles and extensive theory modules.
Each is packed with practical applications, from packaging design to mobile app, web and online advertising design, and will culminate in an extensive creative portfolio of work.

Think outside the box

This Higher Certificate is made for those looking to get a start in the graphic design industry, bringing their ideas to life

Build incredible skills

Launch your career with all the practical tools and theoretical know-how to make moves in the world of design.

Learn from top talent

This Higher Certificate is built and taught by graphic design experts who have spent decades in the industry and know what it demands.

Elevate your career

Be recognised with an industry centric Red & Yellow qualification, giving you a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills.

Red & Yellow qualifications are made to future-proof your career

Our qualifications are designed to accelerate opportunities and give a boost to your CV. Top businesses across industries recognise Red & Yellow graduates as having the practical skills and the theoretical background to hit the ground running with confidence and creative flair.

What you’ll learn:

  • To get equipped with the design thinking and skills to be a graphic designer
  • All the necessary software skills, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign.
  • A range of illustration, presentation and time management skills that are necessary for a successful graphic design career
  • How to apply these skills in the execution of digital and print media
  • How to compile an interactive PDF portfolio of your creative work for the year, which will help catapult you into the industry as a solid graphic designer
  • Work-integrated learning in the form of an internship at an awesome design studio, agency or corporate

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Course curriculum:

Module 01

Fundamentals of Graphic Design (print)

Module 02

Graphic Design For Digital

Module 03

Theory Modules

Meet your team:

This course was created by, and benefits from, our full-time lecturers’ years of experience in the field – both in lecturing and in industry. They know how to nurture talent and bring out the best in students, resulting in many award-wins over the years.

Nini van der Walt

Graphic Design and Digital Skills lecturer

Nini van der Walt

I am a creative designer, art director, cultural activist, philanthropist, and lecturer with over 27 years of experience. My experience spans the fields of arts, culture and heritage, and a variety of creative and academic industries. My fields of expertise include design and visual communication for publication, film, web, advertising and corporate media. I am skilled in all forms of visual communication, but have a special fondness for concept development in both print and digital design – I love smart design! I also love typography, cheese, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and everything in, on, and under the ocean.

A'isha Dollie


A’isha Dollie strives to make art & design education fun, accessible and meaningful! A lecturer who practices what she preaches, striving for life-long learning & a balanced lifestyle. A life dedicated to teaching, learning, creating, and exploring. She has a BA Visual Comms Design, PGCE Specialising in Further Education & Training, and a PGDip Educational Tech.

Carmen Schaefer

Head of Academics

Carmen began her career as a graphic designer in the fast-paced world of advertising. Since then she has been lucky enough to have been involved in the education of South Africa’s most talented young creatives for the past 20 years. She currently leads the academic team at Red & Yellow and is committed to growing Red & Yellow into the most creative business school in the world. She also authors the annual employability report.

“Jumping from finance to study graphic design at Red & Yellow was the best leap of faith I could make. It was not only fun but challenging as well – give it a go! No regrets here, and the friendly, well equipped lecturers are another bonus.”

Roelene Wessels