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Graphic Design & Visual Communication

1 Year Higher Certificate

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In the dynamic industry of graphic design and visual communication, our Design Course will equip you with technical software skills and creative tools to make your mark in the creative industry with a solid understanding of graphic design and visual aesthetics.

During this one-year course you will learn how to effectively create logos, brochures, book covers, adverts and layouts, while gaining valuable insights into the fundamental design principals of the creative profession and the role of design thinking in creative problem-solving. You will master the tools, practices and terminology required to produce professional print media, and be confident to apply your skills from pre- to post-press.

Note: Upon completion of this course you will be awarded the Higher Certificate in Print Design and Publishing, NQF-level 5 (SAQA ID 85248, HEQSF-aligned, H/PR432/E002CAN, 152 Credits).

What will I learn?

The year is packed with theoretical and practical training that includes:

Design Thinking
Design Software/Tools
Portfolio Design


What are the entry requirements?


What are the entry requirements?

You must have a valid senior/matric / grade 12 certificate or NQF4 equivalent.
Please provide answers to all the questions and submit the portfolio (PDF or Printed A4) with the documents requested in the enrolment application form.

How much does the course cost?

R74, 500.00

How much does the course cost?

The annual course fee for 2018 is R74 500, and includes a year licence for the Adobe Creative Suite. Various payment options are available, and detailed in the application form, along with our general admin fees.

When does the course start?


When does the course start?

The term dates for the year 2018 are:
- Term 1: 31 Jan - 16 Mar
- Term 2: 26 Mar - 15 Jun
- Term 3: 02 Jul - 21 Sep
- Term 4: 01 Oct - 22 Nov

Do you offer scholarships?

The Distinguished
Talent Scholarship

Do you offer scholarships?

If you have the goods to shine as a visual communicator, the “Distinguished Talent Scholarship” programme is for you. One scholarship per year is awarded to the candidate who most impresses us with their creative work and shows drive and initiative to make full use of their potential.


Graphic Designer | Brand Specialist | Publication & Book Designer Magazine Layout Artist | Packaging & Product Designer | PR, Marketing & Advertising Designer | Digital Designer | Photo Retoucher & Composite Artist

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How it Works

Ready to apply for one of our full time courses? You're only a few steps away. Download our Application Form, fill in your personal details and email it to us, along with the submission requirements, and you're good to go!

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Meet your lecturers

They are pretty Awesome!

Kate Hilson

Head of Print

Kerry Hugill

Print Lecturer

Sabrina Kopp

Print Lecturer


Testimonials from students and industry.

Studying at Friends of Design is like being part of a secret society, where they teach you how to “hack the system”. I can’t believe people actually get paid to design and live out their creativity in this way. I highly recommend FOD to anyone interested in a career in design.

Rona Lochner

Print Design & Publishing

My journey I spent with Friends of Design was both intimidating and an edifying experience. Powered by consistent creative thinking, FOD helped me to build up and expand on my existing skillset and portfolio. Not only did they teach me how to be a great designer, but also a better person. I am truly grateful to carry the name of the college and to be a proud ambassador.

Gavin Morison

Print Design & Publishing

Being one of the students who applied straight out of high school,I have no regrets about my decision. I love it here at Friends Of Design! The lecturers are all lovely, the location is amazing, and the coffee is delicious. I am amazed at how far I have come as a designer in such a short time and all the opportunities I have received thanks to the college.

Amber Pitcher

Print Design & Publishing

Friends of Design gave me skills that took me from an individual who aspired to design to a professional level in just one year! They offer amazing course material and even better lecturers that assist you every step of the way. I would recommend anyone and everyone to study at Friends of Design.

Sage Bassett

Print Design & Publishing


19 May 2018, from 10am

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