South African Qualifications Authority identification number (SAQA ID): 79830

Graphic Designers create meaningful, relevant and captivating visual messages. Their ability to persuade, sell and brand for their clients, never forgetting ethical, legal and consumer needs, is crucial to the world’s economic landscape. Graduates have sound knowledge of typography, image making, photography, latest software, foundational design skills, interactive design, motion graphics, 3D design and basic /animation. Graduates are visual storytellers. They’re ready to enter the dynamic world of graphic arts, branding, advertising, social media, information design and art direction.

  • 3yr Full time
  • 8 x 1.45min sessions per week
  • 3- 5 hours per two hour session
  • Consumables cost 1st year (+-R1000) **estimates only
  • Continuous project based assessment
  • Digital and/or printed based Portfolio years 2 and 3
  • Final years graduate in December
  • Degree candidates can go on to apply for post graduate studies at another Institution pending they meet the application and entrance requirements of that Institution.
  • Our programmes are quality assured and standardised across all Inscape campuses nationally.
  • You can enrol for our Bachelor of Design programme at any campus to complete your 1st year.
  • Students who are accepted into certain degree specialisation programmes might be required to complete their 2nd and 3rd year studies at another specialised Inscape campus.
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  • MacBook * optional
  • Wacom tablet
  • Software licenses (as per programme requirements)
  • Prescribed textbooks
  • 1st year preliminary art equipment
  • Online library subscription
  • Digital study guides and courseware
  • Internet connectivity

EXCLUDED:

  • Monthly consumables
  • Digital camera
Course Information Year 1

FUNDAMENTAL DESIGN 1st year – DESIGN SKILLS

Developing fundamental design skills to create design savvy critical thinkers.
Developing foundational Drawing Skills, Basic Material and Manufacturing awareness, Digital Image Making, Communication, Software and Leadership skills to create well rounded designers fit for any design industry.
Developing an awareness of the integrated nature of design, advancing the unique thinking of our students.
Introducing an appreciation for Design History.
Establishing fundamental building blocks for creative problem solving.

Course Information Year 2

DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC 2nd year – DESIGN KNOWLEDGE

Discipline Specific knowledge will be developed through developing an understanding of and practical application in information design, infographics, branding and brand personality, product and packaging design, merchandise, the environment and signage, advertising, importance of publicity and public relations, alternative marketing and social awareness campaigns.

Applying theory to practice through an understanding of visual hierarchy, design elements and principles, typography, composition skills, illustration and photography, building a visual language, logo design, typography as part of the visual language, advertising industry focusing on artwork and copywriting. The importance of sustainable design and systems of design thinking are emphasised topics.

Advancing software skills and technical knowledge through an introduction to Adobe programmes such as advanced compositing, advanced publication and basic web design.

Developing an understanding of the Business of Design through the awareness of marketing fundamentals such as the role of graphic design in marketing, the business of design, competitor strategy, consumer buyer behaviour, target markets and product positioning, building brands, social media, integrated marketing strategies.

Course Information Year 3

SPECIALISATION 3rd year – DESIGN STYLE

Developing a signature graphic design style by expanding on research and concept development skills focusing on design solutions and execution in the areas of contextual design in advertising through strategic thinking. Further studies in sub-cultures in design are developed via interpretive thinking.

Students are encouraged to investigate sustainable design through informational and conceptual thinking.

Narrative thinking skills are exercised by developing the ability to design motion graphics.
Developing advance knowledge and expert skills by exposing students to the reality of time constraints in the industry by completing a real life 48hr brief.

Further design practice and typography skills are established as well as the technical aspects governing infographics and motion graphics.

Basic Web design aspects are also covered.

Awareness of the latest design technologies and innovations through practice in software such as After effects, Digital interactive text animation and Motion graphics.

Developing an understanding of the guidelines and principles involved in running a design business. Promoting business vision, mission and values give graduates the confidence and ‘know-how’ to start their own design initiatives based on a foundational knowledge of strategic development, marketing strategies, importance of branding and managing finances.

More about the bachelor of design degree (B.DES)

This three-year full time qualification produces professional designers equipped for a rewarding career in design. Students qualifying can practise as junior designers or study towards an Honours Degree. As this qualification is universal, it applies to a variety of design disciplines, including fashion design, interior design, graphic design, multimedia design, jewellery design, industrial design, product design, spatial design, design research, design writing and design for the environment. 

Traditionally, the various fields within design and design education have been separated. Public and private Higher Education schools have offered all sorts of qualifications. Our Bachelor of Design qualification aligns industry standards and educates designers following common guidelines. It also implements the long-awaited minimum standards for designers of all disciplines.

Design is globally recognised as a profession. Worldwide, designers are required to have at least a three-year qualification. Inscape offers the Bachelor of Design Degree with common competencies and specialisations through elective subjects.

The first year of the Bachelor of Design provides a foundation in design thinking, constructs and visual communication, photography, material studies, image making and design history, communication studies, leadership and unique thinking and software includes basics in Adobe products. We love that our students learn alongside aspiring designers of other disciplines. This kind of exposure blows a student’s design perspective wide open and teaches relevance and appropriateness in terms of design solutions within the business world.

At the end of the first year, students are required to select their chosen stream as a specialisation of their future career choice. Our students love the fact that they have a full year to become fully entrenched in the world of design. They attest to the fact that when they make their final decision regarding a chosen specialisation that they do so with confidence and fully informed.
Second and third year are intense. Each specialisation stream is packed with knowledge and technical skill required of the respective discipline. Our students however, are well prepared in the first year and enter into the senior years equipped with the ability to think critically and apply themselves effectively. Our success rates are a testimony to the fact that our unique approach to teaching design, works.

South African Qualifications Authority identification number (SAQA ID): 48438

Junior graphic designers with this qualification effectively use and manage relevant graphic design technology. This includes designing – and preparing designs for reproduction – using software applications and managing reproduction processes (specifications, costing and quality control). They will collaborate with other designers and professionals within the graphic design industry, work effectively in creative teams, communicate in design language and confidently present design solutions. An eclectic range of job opportunities opens up for these graduates:                                          

Graphic designer at advertising agencies, design consultancies, design studios, commercial printers, repro houses and in-house design studios; freelance graphic designer; and own design business.

  • Continuous project based assessment
  • Final years graduate in December
  • Final year portfolio submission
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  • Laptop* optional
  • Software licenses (as per programme requirements)
  • Prescribed textbooks
  • 1st year preliminary art equipment
  • Online library subscription
  • Digita study guides and courseware
  • Internet connectivity

EXCLUDED:

  • Monthly consumables
Course Information Year 1

DIPLOMA IN GRAPHIC DESIGN 1st Year

The Diploma in Graphic Design focuses on developing practical graphic design skills and ability through the introduction to four main subject categories namely:

Fundamental – Creativity Subjects
Design Principles focuses on developing creative, innovative solutions to practical designs by using design elements, principles  and colour theory in practical briefs.
Graphic Application enables exposure to a variety of outcomes that require the understanding and implementation of the manipulation of stylisation and abstract elements in appropriate layouts including focusing on typography, illustration, image and layout design for effective visual communication.
Graphic Portfolio displays a significant exercise which demonstrates capability and competence through a collection of selected practical projects from all practical subjects for the 1st year.

Fundamental – Knowledge subjects
Visual Studies I is a basic introduction to methodology for the analysis of visual communication which includes
critical analysis of design and interpreting visual material for meaning and message. It develops an understanding for the encoding and decoding of messages in visual communication, enhances visual perception, visual research, visual awareness and studying the art of visual narration.
Conceptual Studies develops creative problem solving with the emphasis on innovation and idea generation. It further equips one in defining and exploring methods of thinking in design as well as interpreting problems and re-defining problems focusing on concept development and visual awareness.
Graphic Influences I is concerned with the history of visual communication – the social, cultural, economic and technological influences on visual communication and design as well as the people involved, with specific reference to the means of expression during history.

Fundamental – Skills subjects
Image Making I focuses on developing basic drawing skills using the elements of drawing and principles of composition making experimenting with various drawing and illustration media in a variety on genres
Skills Application I studies different styles of writing, research methods and basic principles of writing a research proposal.
Graphic Computer Applications I promotes developing computer and internet basic skills and introduces software such as Photoshop and illustrator.
Typography I investigates the theory and practical investigation of technical aspects of typography – terminology, anatomy of type, classification of type, display type, layout and working with text, typestyles and related practical skills.

Fundamental – Values subjects
Leadership Programme focuses on introducing students to the foundations of great leadership which focuses on 3 components of Emotional intelligence namely: Interpersonal skills, Interpersonal skills and Stress/Time Management.

Course Information Year 2

DIPLOMA IN GRAPHIC DESIGN 2nd Year

The Diploma in Graphic Design year 02 focuses on further developing and applying practical graphic design skills and ability focused on in year 02 through the continuation of 3 main subject categories namely:

Fundamental – Creativity Subjects
Graphic Application initiates exploration in infographics, instructional design, building brands, advertising & promotion in below the line advertising and creating awareness through social media.
Graphic Portfolio displays a significant exercise which demonstrates capability and competence through a collection of selected practical projects from all practical subjects for the 2nd  year.

Fundamental – Knowledge subjects
Visual Studies II a comprehensive study, visual analysis and research focusing on globalisation, SA identity, popular cultures and media studies.
Reprographics I develops an understanding of reproducing graphics by focusing on terminology in the printing environment, print reproduction processes, special finishes and digital reproduction.
Graphic Influences II is concerned with the history of visual communication specifically focusing on developing critical thinking through study of Romanticism, Arts & Crafts movement, Art Nouveau Early modernism, Pop culture, Post modernism, the Digital revolution, Feminism, Minimalism and Maximalists.
Graphic Marketing covers a foundational introduction to marketing principles, the marketing environment, the marketing mix, segmentation, target marketing, branding, advertising and sales & promotion.

Fundamental – Skills subjects
Skills Application II focuses on basic photographic skills and presentation skills.
Graphic Computer Applications I develops and continues to exercise computer through software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and 3D Max.
Image Making II focuses on advancing drawing skills through further illustration techniques introducing mixed media and concentrating on drawings concept drawings, story boarding, art Direction, industrial design and animation.
Copy writing introduces creative writing, brainstorming, correct jargon and various writing techniques.

Course Information Year 3

DIPLOMA IN GRAPHIC DESIGN 3rd Year

The Diploma in Graphic Design 03 centres around enhancing and directing practical graphic design skills and ability developed in year 1 and 2 through the continuation of 3 main subject categories namely:

Fundamental – Creativity Subjects
Graphic Application initiates further practical application abilities in integrated campaign and advertising and producing social campaigns.
Graphic Portfolio displays a significant exercise which demonstrates capability and competence through a collection of the best selected practical projects from all practical subjects for the duration of the graphic design diploma and makes room for exploring and presenting them in a print portfolio.

Fundamental – Knowledge subjects
Reprographics II further develops an understanding of Adobe print guides focusing in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
Multimedia covers a foundational introduction to interactive principles and design, motion principles and completion of a digital portfolio.
Business Practice develops a further understanding of the guidelines and principles involved in running a design business. Promoting business vision, mission and values give diploma students the confidence and ‘know-how’ to start their own design initiatives based on a foundational knowledge of strategic development, marketing strategies, importance of branding and managing finances.

Fundamental – Skills subjects
Graphic Computer Applications III develops and continues to exercise computer skills through interactive and motion application software that will assist in creating digital portfolios.

More about the diploma

This three-year full time qualification equips you to work in the design industry immediately after qualifying.

And the world needs trained designers. The design industry plays an important role in the economy of South Africa and neighbouring countries. Strong design industries equip South Africa to compete in international markets – all part of nation-building.

Our unique, integrated teaching and learning strategy encourages an awareness of other design disciplines. Fundamental Creativity Subjects focus on design principles and relevant design discipline application. Fundamental Knowledge Subjects are tailored to equip design students with relevant influences and technical knowledge prevalent to their field. Fundamental Skills and Value driven Subjects equip the candidates with leadership abilities and nurture growing computer application competences assisting candidates in the execution of their design solutions.

Diploma students who have benefitted from our teaching and learning approach have the industry edge when competing with junior designers from other institutions. Meaningful exposure to Inscape’s design philosophy and its real-world application is key to these graduates’ success.

Inscape offers a Diploma in Graphic Design and a Diploma in Interior Design at NQF level 6.

These diploma qualifications are designed to make sure that each graduate has what it takes to ace their first interview. Employers want dynamic designers who, at entry level, can take a design brief, define the problem to be solved, do the research and find a solution – all within the client’s contextual requirements. Graduates are productive, responsible, creative and unique thinkers.

South African Qualifications Authority identification number (SAQA ID): 90722

This qualification is generic and applies to the various fields and disciplines of design including fashion design, interior design, graphic design, multimedia design, jewellery design, industrial design, product design, spatial design, design research, design writing and design for the environment.

Qualifying students will be able to practise in a variety of design fields, and enter a professional design qualification at NQF Level 6 and 7.

This qualification provides students with the competencies required to progress in a career in design. Competencies include:

– Sourcing research information related to a specific design field.
– Analysing and reviewing design research information.
– Selecting materials, media and processes for production.
– Producing final design products that meet specific project requirements.
– Managing business processes in a design environment.
– Developing business and marketing resources.
– Creating original design messages, forms and arguments.

 

  • The programme consists of 16 modules
  • Consumable cost (+-R600 – R800/month) ** estimate only
  • Continuous project based assessment
  • Portfolio submission
  • 240 hours of Experiential Training to be completed
  • Contact students Graduate in December
  • Higher Certificate Graduates have the opportunity to apply for Diploma or Degree studies at Inscape Education Group or another Tertiary Institution provided they fully meet the entrance requirements laid out by the Institution.
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  • Preliminary art equipment
  • Online library subscription
  • Digital study guides and courseware
  • Internet connectivity
  • Digital tablet

EXCLUDED:

  • Monthly Consumables
Course Information

The course consists of 7 SUBJECTS with various practical assignments to be completed throughout the year:
1. Applied Creativity
2. Creative Medium
3. Spatial Studies
4. Printing and Painting
5. Drawing Skills
6. Communication Techniques

More about the Higher Certificate

A Higher Certificate is a one-year, full time course that gets you into a Degree course if you don’t meet the requirements initially. The Higher Certificate includes 240 hours of hands-on training that prepares you to enter the working world.

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