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Engineering & Draughting Open Day - 15 August '20

Join us at AIE for our Engineering & Draughting Open Day on the 15th of August 2020 @ 09:00. Our Campus will be open from 09:00 to 14:00 for a Campus Tour. Be sure to schedule your tour of the AIE Midrand campus with one of our Sales Advisors. By appointment only, (Strict health and safety protocol will need to be adhered to on entry into the building). Stay Safe!

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National Certificate: Graphic Design (Design Techniques)

Overview

A Graphic Designer is competent to design and produce visual communication up to a professional level relevant to the formal market sector. Learners enrolled in this qualification will be taught at an advanced level the artistic and professional disciplines which focus on visual communication and multimedia design.  This will provide the learner with the necessary skills to follow a career or further their studies in basic web design, advertising, graphic design, publication design or design for the printing industry 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 and Adobe InDesign

        

  • Get internationally certified to increase job readiness by choosing two of the following ACA 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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  • Showcase of student work at our annual design showcase and annual Date Night where potential industry partners are invited. 

  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies. 

  • Job placement assistance through our industry network and online recruitment portal, exclusively available to AIE graduates. Visit www.recruitgraduates.co.za for more.  

 

Admission Requirements:

  • Grade 12 with English as your home/first language

Hardware Requirements

Please note that you are required to have your own computer for this qualification. AIE, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusively to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:

 

 

  • CORECore Spec, Dell Inspiron 15” 3593 Series i5
  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Inspiron 15” 3593 Series i7
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 3500 Series i7

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15" laptop that meets all your everyday needs and looks good doing it. Featuring 10th generation Intel®

10th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1035G1 Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.6 GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display, 8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz, 1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive, DVD Drive (Reads /Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Home 64bit English, 1Y Collect and Return Service

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The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks. Featuring 10th generation Intel® processors and an array of ports.

10th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1065G7 Processor (8MB Cache, up to 3.9 GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch Display, 8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive, Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

R18 000.00 Learn More

Get serious with the high spec Latitude, Dell’s flagship hardware for high end graphics and processing.

8th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 -8565U, 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch Display, 16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive, Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX130 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

Salaries & Skills

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  • Pricing & Payment Options

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  • Duration

    Full Time 

    • 12 months, 121 credits (10 Sessions/Week, 2:00 hours each, 3 days/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 Hours on Campus session - 1 x Week @ 18:00 / 6 Hours on Campus session - Every 2nd Saturday @ 08:00) 
    • Online = 12 Months, 120 credits (2 Hours Online session - 1 x Week @ 18:00) 
    • 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 license valid for 1 year 
    • Free WIFI (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 myAIE student portal, myAIECommunicator App and student support team via phone, email and tickets.
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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.

Online

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.

Introduction to Design

  • Design Elements and Principles: Colour Psychology, Typography

  • The Design Process: Design in context, Creating Design Research

  • Adobe Illustrator for Beginners

 


 

Design Concepts

  • The Design Process: Concept Creation and Ideation, Scamping and Design Sketching

  • Adobe Illustrator for Beginners

  • The Design Process: Time Management in Design Work, Reviewing Designs against a Brief

 


 

Design Specifications

  • The Design Brief: Brainstorming, Understanding Briefs, Research, Refining, Feedback

  • Adobe Photoshop for Beginners

  • Design Specifications: Specifications Types for Designs, Design Formats & Requirements, Packaging and Product Specifications, Dimensions & Design Limitations, Functional Design, Testing Designs

 


 

Design Production

  • Select Materials & Media: Material Types for Design Projects, Media Types and Uses

  • Select Processes for Production: Production Techniques, Maintaining Environmental Sustainability

 


 

Design Project Management

  • Plan and Organise the Design Process: The Design Process, Researching Designs, Planning Design Timelines, Design Thinking and Agile Works Strategies.

  • Plan, Research and Organise Design Projects: Project Resources, Sprints, Budgets, Task Evaluations, Performance Records, Managing Team Performance, Researching Project Requirements, Phases of Project Management

  • Support the Project Environment: Project Types & Strategies, Project Methodologies, Project Retrospectives & Incorporating Working Methodologies.

 


 

Design Portfolios

  • Present and Communicate Design Work

  • Developing Design Portfolios

  • SWOT Analysis

  • Justifying Design Decisions

  • Creating Design Presentations

 


 

Adobe Certifications

  • Adobe Illustrator: Adobe Illustrator Beginner & Advanced

 

  • Adobe Photoshop: Adobe Photoshop Beginner & Advanced

  • Adobe InDesign: Adobe InDesign Beginner & Advanced

  

 


 

WOP: Workplace Preparation (On exit only)

This module is designed to prepare learners for the workplace.

  • Compiling a Portfolio

  • Creating a Curriculum Vitae

  • Maintaining and Social Media Profile

  • Preparing for an interview

  • Registering on the AIE Recruitment Portal

  • Seeking Employment

  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
    Type
  • 15 July 2020
    Late Registration In Progress
    20 July 2020
    Full Time
  • 15 July 2020
    Late Registration In Progress
    20 July 2020
    Part Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
    Type
  • 15 July 2020
    Late Registration In Progress
    20 July 2020
    Correspondence
  • 15 July 2020
    Late Registration In Progress
    20 July 2020
    Full Time
  • 15 July 2020
    Late Registration In Progress
    20 July 2020
    Part Time

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