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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.

“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

You’ll get the industry-relevant knowledge, techniques, and skills to enter into an entry-level position as a graphic designer.

Career Options

  • Graphic Designer
  • Social Media Designer
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Illustrator
  • App Designer

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

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

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

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

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

Our courses 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.

  • An industry-sought-after Certificate of Completion from Red & Yellow
  • Original, relevant, and constantly updated content
  • An interactive online learning experience that includes videos, live chat sessions, forum discussions, and more

Our courses are both current and relevant to the South African context.

Applicable, practical assignments:

  •       So that you can apply what you’re learning to your everyday work life, and your specific business challenges.

Discussion Forums and Chat sessions:

  •       Helping you develop your professional network.
  •       Hosted by your coach, lecturer, or subject specialist.
  •       Ideal opportunities to discuss the content and get answers to all your questions.

Personalized feedback:

  •       Tailored to your individual strengths, and opportunities for personal improvement.

A dedicated team:

  • Acting as your “virtual” support crew whose only focus is to help get you over the finish line.

Course curriculum:

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.

Carmen Schaefer
Head of Academics

  • 20 years in education
  • Academic Team leader at Red & Yellow
  • Authors the annual employability report

A’isha Dollie

  • Art education advocate.
  • Lifelong learner, balanced lifestyle advocate.
  • Qualified in design, education, and technology.
Nini van der Walt

Nini van der Walt
Graphic Design and Digital Skills Lecturer

  • Multifaceted creative: designer, director, philanthropist, lecturer.
  • 27+ years experience in arts, culture, academia.
  • Expert in design, visual communication, concept development.
Red & Yellow Creative School of Business

About Red & Yellow

Creative thinking is the most important skill. Artificial Intelligence and robots are going to replace some of the jobs we know today.

Red & Yellow is the business school where talented people go to develop the career skills they need to thrive in this digital world.

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The visual identity answers the question, “How do users know it’s us?” Certain design elements should be carried through on all web assets created for a brand, as well as print and traditional communication media. Often, the visual identity guidelines for the web are codified into a digital style guide document to ensure consistency across different agencies, designers, and teams. This document can include guidelines for creating all manner of web assets, including banners, social media content, and website design elements.

The web is a visual medium, so design is an important part of creating assets that are both engaging and effective. Designers need to keep in mind the technical aspects of design while prioritising the human factor. Digital properties shouldn’t only look beautiful. They need to create a good experience for the visitor and meet business objectives, such as increasing sales, creating brand ambassadors, and encouraging sign-ups, and encouraging sign-ups that ultimately result in conversions.

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