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National Certificate: Graphic Design (Design Techniques)


A Graphic Designer is competent to design and produce visual communication  up to a professional level relevant to the formal market sector. With this qualification, it will equip the learners on an advanced level the artistic and professional disciplines which focus on visual communication and multimedia presentations.  This will provide the learner with the necessary skills in order to follow a career in web design, advertising, book design, poster design etc.


Features and Benefits


  • Learn critical industry required skills plus complimentary advanced topics such as 3D digital design, rendering and animation, 2D motion animation and illustration and many more. 
  • Learn critical industry used software including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Autodesk 3D Max, Adobe Animate and Adobe Dreamweaver. 


  • Get internationally certified to increase job readiness by choosing two of the following certifications: ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) Photoshop CC, ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) Illustrator CC, ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) Premiere Pro CC, ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) Dreamweaver CC, ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) Animate CC 

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  • Get job ready with our Workplace Preparation module where you will learn how to compile your own personal design portfolio, enhance your CV, handle yourselves in a design job interview, how to be resourceful in job hunting and managing your online reputation.  
  • Get industry exposure through our industry contacts and online recruitment portal. 
  • Showcase of student work at our annual internal Job Fair for exposure to potential employers as well as the popular Rage Expo or Comicon. 

Admission Requirements:


*Should the student not have any background in either arts or design it is HIGHLY recommended that the one year FET Certificate: Design Foundation NQF4 is completed prior to this qualification. 

Salaries & Skills




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  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time 

    • 12 months, 121 credits (10 Sessions/Week, 2:00 hours each, +- 2 ½ day/week, class times are between 08:30 & 16:00) 
    • All credits are achieved via your study duration at the institute, studio time and project-based assignments. 

    *Sessions will be grouped together to lower cost of traveling, however, in some cases classes may not follow this convention and schedules are subject to change. 


    Online & Part Time  

    • Part Time = 12 months, 120 credits (2 x evening classes, 18:00 to 21:00, Mon & Wed OR Tues & Thur) 
    • Online = 12 Months, 120 credits (Online live classes, twice/week, 17:00 - 18:00, Mon & Wed OR Tues & Thurs) 
    • Credits are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project-based tasks. 


  • Career Options

    • Graphic Designer
    • Logo Designer
    • Print Designer
    • Web Designer
    • Package Designer
    • Advertising Designer
    • Branding Designer
    • Film and Video Editor
    • Multimedia Artist/Animator
    • Marketing Manager
  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain: 


    • HUION H420 Tablet Drawing Board. 
    • Adobe Student licence valid for one year 
    • Autodesk 3D Max license valid for one year 
    • Free WIFI (10GB/Month, On Campus only). 
    • Art equipment including, 24 Piece Pencil Set, Sketchpad, notepad. 
    • Electronic study guides. 
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter and Getting Started Guide. 
    • Access to our myAcademy student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets.

What you get

This qualification is designed to provide the student with multiple certificates
and qualifications, both locally and internationally recognised by industry for maximum employability.

On completion the student will earn: 


  • National Certificate: Design Techniques (SAQA ID: 60509, NQF Level 5, 121 Credits) 
  • International certification: certified as either an ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) Photoshop CC or ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) Illustrator  
  • Portfolio of Evidence 


Our Learning Methods

At AIE, The Academic Institute of Excellence we understand that that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. This is influenced by many factors including, circumstances, location, field of study and learning preference. It is for this reason that we have developed our myWay learning methodology, a unique and modern approach to blended learning that encompasses multiple delivery methods, involving our three main channels.

Full Time

Reach your full potential through our myWay Instructor-led or Mentorship based classes combined with interactive lessons, practical assignments and in-field experience, combined with our blended platform to make up a full day or selective days within a week.

Part Time

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provides you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Blended Learning with at home exercises/assignments and mentored or in-class lectures at a manageable schedule and pace.


We have re-defined online learning. Our myWay Online Learning ensures that the student is supported by technology and people throughout his academic journey. We focus on a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms, at home exercises, activities and project-based assignments bundled with fully developed video lectures, all managed by our student learning platform.

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of a Graphic designer.

Important Notes

Please note that you are required to have your own computer. This can be in the form of a laptop or desktop PC. Should you not have one, we can supply you with a laptop as part of your package. Please note that additional costs will apply. The below shows the recommended specification.


CPU Intel® Core™ i5 or i7, 2.4 GHZ or more (i7 preferred)
MEMORY 8GB DDR3 Memory (16GB preferred)
GRAPHICS Dedicated 1GB graphics card (NVIDIA recommended) 
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10 (64 Bit)



Core Modules


Core modules are at the heart of your qualification and where you will be spending most of your study time.

  • RND-102: Research and Communication
  • Foundation Communication
  • Effective Research
  • DOP-101: Design Production
  • DOM-101: Design Management
  • DDC-102: 2D Digital Design and Computer Applications 
  • Visual Design Using Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator
  • DDC-103: 3D Digital Design and Computer Applications 
  • 3D Visualization, Rendering and Animation with Autodesk 3D Max
  • DDC-104: Motion Digital Design and Computer Applications 
  • 2D Animation with Adobe Animate/Flash 
  • DDC-105: Web Digital Design and Computer Applications 
  • Foundations of Web Design with Adobe Dreamweaver



Extra Modules

Finish off your studies with the extra modules, designed to add additional value to your existing qualifications based on industry requirements.

  • WOP: Workplace Preparation (On exit only)
  • Learn how to compiling your CV, handle yourselves in an interview, how to be resourceful in job hunting and managing your online reputation. 



The following software programs will be covered during your studies:

  • Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, 3D Max, Adobe Animate, Adobe Dreamweaver




    No dates have been specified for this course.
    Please contact The CAD Corporation for more information and dates on this course.
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