Graphic Design

National N Diploma in Art and Design

Starting: 12 February 2019


Duration
2 years of lectures presented at Unigrad College, followed by an 18 month practical component.

About this programme
This two year programme in Graphic Design presented at the Unigrad College will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a variety of creative fields in South Africa and abroad.  The programme has been designed to introduce you to the dynamic and revolutionised world of multi-media and design.

During your studies you will focus on a variety of design disciplines including web, animation and graphic design.  Our small classes allow personal interaction that enables the fostering of a trusting lecturer/student relationship in an environment that promotes participation, self-discipline, motivation and excellence. 

Certification on successful completion of studies
Students write national examinations set and administered by the Department of Higher Education (DHET).  Successful students will achieve the following:

  • National Certificate: N4 Art and Design (SAQA ID# 66831; NQF Level 5)
  • National Certificate: N5 Art and Design (SAQA ID# 66915; NQF Level 5)
  • National Certificate: N6 Art and Design (SAQA ID# 66994; NQF Level 5)
  • National N Diploma: Art and Design (SAQA ID# 67031; NQF Level 6) on completion of N4 – N6 and 18 months or 2000 hours relevant practical experience
  • Unigrad Short Learning Programme Certificate in Graphic Design Fundamentals
  • Unigrad Short Learning Programme Certificate in Web Design 1 (Fundamentals)

Subjects

YEAR 1 (N4)
DESIGN PRINCIPLES

Introduction to the design process
Development of creative thinking
Hand rendered design work

DIGITAL DESIGN APPLICATIONS
Introduction to software packages to produce effective digital work
Develop skills using Adobe Creative Suite programmes which includes Photoshop, Illustrator and CorelDraw
Develop the idea generation process and application thereof
​Mounting to present projects of an excellent standard

DRAWING I
Drawing as a visual language and descriptive medium
Communicate through the art of drawing
Analyse the use of drawing media, materials and techniques
Elements of art and design principles

ENTREPENEURSHIP
Business creativity and idea generation
Marketing fundamentals and evaluation of business plan
Introduction to management ­­entrepreneurship

GRAPHIC DESIGN I
Introduction to fundamental graphic design processes
Communicate ideas and concepts though creative thinking methods
Application of design and typographic practice to print and digital mediums
Industry relevant assignments and Adobe Creative Suite applications
Plan a project using the design development cycle

3D DESIGN I
Introduction to basic 3D design and concepts
Develop packaging design
Introduction to 3DS (Studio) Max software

YEAR 2 (N5 & N6)
GRAPHIC DESIGN II & III (including Web Design)
Solving visual problems from initial concept through to final design
Application of Adobe Creative Suite to industry relevant assignments
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and Audition
Communicate meanings, messages and information using visual language
Application of corporate identity
Advertising in the industry
Develop and present a professional portfolio in an appropriate format
Web design (design and visual elements) and HTML coding

3D DESIGN II & III
Development of 3D design
Design 3D concepts
3D Environment focused on modeling, materials and camera work

DRAWING II & III
Spatial characteristics of line and texture to create images and “illusion”
Develop an original style and content of drawing
Compiling a professional drawing portfolio

HISTORY OF ART I & II
Critical and reasoning skills
Visual analyses of art
Knowledge of art terminology
Art works of different eras, cultures and societies
Main stylistic characteristics of the different art periods

Admission Requirements

Grade 12, or N3 or Equivalent

 
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