Build a 2 or 3 Year Course Package
Rapid advancements in interactive and communication technology has led to greater demands on visual designers and developers, who are now pressured to offer a broader set of skills geared towards producing digital content that can be adapted to a wider range of visual solutions.
In addition, the rapidly expanding web and mobile markets, including television, movies, online video, digital publishing to tablets and mobile devices, has resulted in a greater overall demand for digital designers both locally and internationally.
As such, Friend of Design provides our students with the opportunity to tailor-make a 2 or 3 year course package that suits their career path. This is achieved by combining 2 or 3 one year courses into a follow-on bundle.
All students wishing to package their courses in this way must first begin with our 1 Year Course in Print Design & Publishing.
2 Year Package
From there, students wanting to complete a second year can elect to follow-through into either our 1 Year Course in Web Publishing & Interactive Media, or our 1 Year Course in Game Graphics & Multi Media Entertainment. With this package, students will walk away with 2, individual Higher Certificates – 1 for each course.
3 Year Package
Alternatively, students can also opt to package all 3 courses together, and move from Print Design & Publishing, through to Web Publishing & Interactive Media, and sign-off with G.A.M.E in their final year. With this package, students will walk away with 3, individual Higher Certificates – 1 for each course.
Note: Friends of Design reserves the right to alter the topics and modules of any advertised courses to meet or maintain industry standards. Friends of Design is provisionally registered as a private higher education institution in terms of section 54(3) of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No 101 of 1997), and Regulation 16(4)(b) of the Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions, 2002, to offer the Higher Certificate in Print and Publishing course, Web Publishing & Interactive Media course and Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment course, until 31 December 2018.
Higher Certificate in Print Design & Publishing
- Introduction to DTP and Workflows
- Hand Rendering and Type Appreciation
- Vector Illustration Principles & Techniques (Adobe Illustrator)
- Raster Image Editing (Adobe Photoshop)
- Layout Design Principles & Techniques (Adobe InDesign)
- Adobe InDesign for Electronic Publishing
- Professional Practice
- Finishing Art & Cross Media
- LIVE Project
- Final Book Portfolio
Higher Certificate in Web Publishing & Interactive Media
- Integrated Screen Design
- Introduction to Sound Design Theory
- Film Production Processes
- Motion Graphics
- Game Design Theory
- Web Technologies
- 2D Animation
- Digital Publishing
- Digital Portfolio
Higher Certificate in Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment
- Game Production Overview
- History of Games and Gaming
- Game Design Concepts
- Game Design Document Writing
- 3D Modeling and Texturing Basics
- Scripting Basics
- Game Engine Basics
- The different applications of Game Technology
- How to start game and interactive product production
- Pitching a Game Concept
- Creating and Importing in-game assets
- Final Project in your field of choice (Scripting, Game Design Document, 3D Modeling …)
- Game Prototyping
- Interface Design Theory
- Animation in 3D Software
- Advanced Scripting
- Level Design Theory
You must be 18 years of age or older, you must have obtained a Matric Certificate and you must be fluent in spoken and written English. Previous Art or Design training at a school level is an advantage.
Why should I study at Friends of Design?
Friends of Design's courses are like no other – they are highly focused on practical training on the software with projects for each and every module. This ensures that the graduate is ready to go straight from college into the workplace, unlike many graduates who struggle to integrate themselves into industry post studies. Friends of Design also specifically employs trainers who freelance in the industry, which ensure up to date technologies and methods are integrated into the courses.
How many Full Time Courses do you offer?
We offer 3 “stand alone” courses which can be taken one at a time, or if you wish, two or even all three.
- 1 Year Higher Certificate in Print Design & Publishing
- 1 Year Higher Certificate in Web Publishing and Interactive Media
- 1 Year Higher Certificate in Game Graphics and Multimedia Entertainment
Can we stagger the courses over a number of years?
Yes! If you wish to do one course and then take a gap year or two, and come back to do another course, that is completely permissible.
What are the prerequisites for the courses?
You need to be: 18yrs or older and have a Matric or equivalent.
What if I can't draw?
That doesn't matter - we specialise in Digital Design, so much of the work is done on computers, although scamping (rough drawings) is needed to conceptualise your ideas.
Who are your trainers?
All trainers are freelancers in their industries, so bring this unbeatable experience into the classroom straight from the workplace. They are passionate about what they do and always ready to help.
What are your students like?
They are a mixed bag – some have just finished school, whilst others have a degree in Visual Communications and wish to round up their technical skills. Some are just 18, and some are moms of two. What they all have in common is a passion and love of Design!
Do you provide accommodation?
Friends of Design doesn't provide accommodation, but we do have two great and close by student residences:
What do you get at the end of your studies?
At the end of each course, you receive a Higher Certificate, NQF Level 5 registered with the Department of Education. The aim of the year is to create a Portfolio (body of work) which is essentially your CV in the Creative Industry. The student is therefore reminded always that each piece of work done goes into their final Portfolio and is reminded to give their very best at all times.
Are there exams?
There are no exams for any of our Courses at Friends of Design. Each Module is assessed by the Projects that accompany it and a rationale must be provided for each project. Occasionally you will receive a multiple choice test, but here at the Academy we throw our focus behind developing professionals who are adept at working with the software and ensure that all graduates are well equipped to handle the practical demands of the workplace.
How are we assessed?
Each project is marked on its technical, conceptual and visual aspects. Scamps (preparation & conceptual work) and Presentation Techniques are also given special attention. Each student receives a mark and comments for their projects as well as two reports for each Semester. External Moderators come in at the end of every year to ensure the marking process is fair and correct.
How long are classes?
Classes run from 08:30am – 12:30pm or 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Students are welcomed to stay after class to work on projects until 17.00 Mon – Fri.
How big are your classes?
We take up to 30 students maximum per class, so big enough to not stand out and small enough to receive personal attention.
Do you provide machines & software?
Yes. All students have a work station (Apple Mac) for the year with the latest software loaded. Students also receive a 1 year Adobe Master Collection Licence built into their fees upon enrolment.
What are the payment options?
There are 3:
- Payment in full in which you receive a 5% discount, or a FREE iPad Mini
- Payment in two installments in which you receive a 2% discount
- 11 Monthly Payments, visa Debit Order
We had great study projects that were very similar to actual work projects, so that was amazing.
I had a blast at FOD and it broadened my skill range to such an extent that I can do more in my job than expected.
My experience was very favourable. I found the college head to be very accomodating and understanding, the lecturers always very friendly.
Friends of Design opened me up to the digital world and that helped me choose what I wanted to do with my career.
I have learned WAY more in the year with FOD than other juniors who studied for an entire 3 years at a well known institutions.
Now I feel very confident with my software skills. It definitely prepared me for the working environment!