Design: What to study to become a professional graphic designer

Design

What to study to become a professional graphic designer

By marketsonline August 30, 2013 • 9 minutes to read

There are plenty of institutions and avenues one can take on the road to becoming a recognised/qualified Graphic Designer. You could try self-study, which can be done by accessing a plethora of tutorials on the web or just simply reading numerous graphic design books that are out there. The only draw back is when you have to get out there and look for employment, as most companies want a qualification attached to a name. If that doesn’t sound appealing, than an alternative (and sometimes better) option, would be to join a respectable institution and get a recognised qualification. There are quite a number of institutions one could choose from when looking for a institution, which range from Universities of Technology, Universities and of course, the much more pricier Independent Design Schools. All of them have some kind of admission requirement (nothing as steep as most faculties), but an ability to draw and creativity are both a must have. Here is a brief basic break down of most full time courses you can find out there and their price estimates:

Universities of Technology:

Cost: ± R 20 000.00 per year (estimation for 2015)

Requirements:

A National Senior Certificate or an equivalent qualification.

First Year Subjects:

  • Communication Design I
  • Design Techniques I
  • Graphic Design Drawing I
  • History of Art and Design I
  • Professional Graphic Design Practice I

 What To Study To Become A Graphic Designer

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

  1. National Diploma: Graphic Design (3 Year Diploma)
  2. Baccalaureus Technologiae: Graphic Design (4th Year Degree after National Diploma)

 

Central University of Technology, Free State

  1. Diploma in Graphic Design KGNDGD (3 years)
  2. BTech in Graphic Design (4th Year Degree after BA)

 

Durban University of Technology (DUT)

  1. Diploma in Graphic Design (3 Year Diploma)
  2. BTech in Graphic Design (4th Year Degree after BA)

 

Tshwane University of Technology

  1. National Diploma: Graphic Design (3 Year Diploma)
  2. Bachelor’s Degree in Technology: Graphic Design (4th Year Degree after National Diploma)
  3. Masters Degree in Technology: Graphic Design (1 – 3 Years)
  4. Doctorate in Technology: Graphic Design (2 – 5 Years)

 

Vaal University of Technology

  1. Diploma in Graphic Design (3 years)
  2. BTech: Graphic Design (4th Year Degree after BA)

 

Universities:

Cost: ± R 30 000.00 per year (estimation for 2015)

Requirements:

National Senior Certificate with full university exemption.

First Year Subjects:

  • Information Design
  • Imaging and Visualisation
  • Visual Culture Studies
  • Computer Literacy
  • Academic Skills
  • Academic Literacy

 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

  1. Diploma in Graphic Design (3 years)
  2. BTech in Graphic Design (4th Year Degree after BA)

 

North West University

BA Graphic Design (4 Year Degree)

 

University of Johannesburg

  1. BA (Design) (Communication Design) (3 Year Degree)
  2. BTech: Graphic Design (4th Year Degree after BA)

 

University of Pretoria

BA Information Design (4 Year Degree)

 

University of Stellenbosch

BA in Visual Arts (4 Year Degree)

 

Independent Design Schools:

Cost: ± R 60 000.00 per year (estimation for 2015)

Requirements:

Appropriate combination of recognised National Senior Certificate subjects as well as certain levels of achievement in matric in these subjects.


First Year Subjects:

  • History of Graphic Design and Advertising
  • Drawing
  • Rendering
  • Illustration
  • Typography
  • Perceptual Studies
  • 2D & 3D design
  • Graphic Design
  • Art Direction
  • Introduction to DTP
  • Principles of Marketing Communication

 

AAA School of Advertising

  1. Diploma in Visual Communication (3 Year Diploma)
  2. BA Degree in Creative Brand Communication (3 Year Degree)

 

Boston Media House

Creative Advertising & Graphics (3 Year Diploma)

 

Cape Town Creative Academy (CTCA)

  1. BA Degree of Arts in Communication Design
  2. BA Degree of Arts in Interaction Design

 

Inscape Design College

  1. Diploma in Graphic Design (3 Year Diploma)
  2. Degree in Design specialising in Graphic Design (3 Year Degree)

 

Prestige Academy

  1. Diploma in Print Production and Design (2 Year Diploma)
  2. BA Degree of Arts in Visual Art and Visual Communication Design (3 Year Degree)

 

Red and Yellow

Diploma in Graphic Design and Art Direction (3 Year Diploma)

 

Rosebank College Campus

Diploma in Computer-Based Graphic Development (3 Year Diploma)

 

Stellenbosch Academy of Design & Photography

BA Degree in Visual Communication (3 Year Degree)

 

Style Design College  (E-Learning)

  1. Certificate in Graphic Design (1 Year Certificate)
  2. Diploma in Graphic Design (2 Year Diploma)
  3. BA Degree in Graphic Design (3 Year Diploma)

 

The Design, Art Direction & Animation Academy (DADA)

Higher Certificate in Art Direction and Graphic Design (1 year course)

 

Vega School of Branding

  1. Higher Certificate in Creative Development
  2. BA Degree in Creative Brand Communications (3 Year Degree)

 

Requirements:


For the National Diploma Programme:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 30% in the language of teaching, coupled with an achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in four recognised NSC 20-credit subjects (see recognised NSC 20-credit subjects below).

 

For the Bachelor’s Degree Programme:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 30% in the language of teaching, coupled with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50-59%) or better in four subjects chosen from the following designated subject list:

 

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Business Studies
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • Engineering Graphics and Design
  • Geography
  • History
  • Consumer Studies
  • Information Technology
  • Consumer Studies
  • Information Technology
  • Languages (one language of learning and teaching at a higher education institution and two other recognised language subjects)
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Music
  • Physical Sciences
  • Religion Studies
  • Visual Arts

 

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