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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. 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 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:



  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 8GB
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 16GB

R18 000.00Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 8M cache, base 1.8GHz, to 4.9GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 8GB,1x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, DDR4, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, 1Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory, 4 Cell 53Whr Express Charge Capable Battery, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

R19 500.00 Learn More

Same foundation, more memory...for those who want to get a little more serious.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 5.6" FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Non-Touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 16GB,2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, 15.6" LCD Display Back Cover, WLAN, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

Salaries & Skills




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  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • 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. 

    Part-Time  & Online

    • 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. 

    *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. 

  • 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.

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 


myWay Hybrid Learning is a technology mediated delivery method that extends the benefit of flexibility and technology to all students. Our unique and modern approach to learning three main delivery methods


Have all your classes ready to be downloaded and watched, anytime, anywhere.


Never miss a classs because of health, traffic, or transport issues.


A personalized class schedule, attend class on campus, virtually or both.

Full Time, Hybrid Learning

A traditional method of full time learning with a modern-day add-on. Reach your full potential through our myWay Hybrid Learning Full Time classes. These classes can be attended on campus, virtually or both. This method gives each student the ultimate flexibility to combine on campus and virtual lecturers based on their individual preferences.

Part Time, Hybrid Learning

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Hybrid Learning with at home exercises/assignments, campus and/or virtual classes at a manageable schedule and pace. Part time sessions are conducted after hours and some sessions are conducted on Saturdays.

Online, Virtual Learning

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
  • 03 March 2021
    08 March 2021
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 03 March 2021
    08 March 2021
    Part Time
  • 03 March 2021
    08 March 2021
    Full Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 03 March 2021
    08 March 2021
    Full Time
  • 03 March 2021
    08 March 2021
    Part Time

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