Our Diploma in Graphic Design introduces students to the basic concepts of Graphic Design and to the world of Visual Communication. Students will explore the concept of Visual Thinking, Elements & Principles of Design and the basics of Typography. The course also familiarises students with the essential software, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and builds skills in this area with hands-on lessons.
904,789 Successful Graduates
8 Live Interactive Lessons
4 Weeks Long
8 hours +
Annual Salary Prospective
Semester I - Introduction
Mondays & Wednesdays
Along with weekly assignments and fun quizzes to keep learning!
Introduction to Graphic Design
Monday, 28 Aug 18:00 PM GMT
We begin with the “What Is” of Graphic Design and how Graphic Design is all about visually communicating an idea, thought, message or meaning by combining symbols, images and/or words. We also give an overview of the “Holy Trinity” of Graphic Design applications - Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign and how designers best use these tools.
Elements & Principles of Design
Wednesday, 30 Aug 18:00 PM GMT
In this lesson you will learn to develop a “Designer’s Eye”, by understanding the building blocks of Graphic Design. You will understand how to use Line, Shape, Colour, Texture, Mass and Space to communicate your message and use Principles to bring order and structure to your designs.
Monday, 04 Sep 18:00 PM GMT
Adobe Photoshop was introduced in 1990 to great acclaim from the creative community. Designers & Photographers were now able to perform professional editing tasks without the need for special equipment or great cost. It has seen of all the competition to become the industry standard. It is a huge application, but in this lesson we will provide a solid foundation to build on as you progress your design education.
Photoshop for Designers
Wednesday, 06 Sep 18:00 PM GMT
Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard application for digital image manipulation. In this lesson, you will learn how to use some of Photoshop’s most advanced tools to bring your creative ideas to life and boost your productivity at the same time, by learning simple tips and tricks.
Introduction to Typography & Adobe Illustrator Overview
Monday, 11 Sep 18:00 PM GMT
Typography plays a critical role in strengthening your brand, creating interest in your product, and highlighting your central message. Here you will gain a solid understanding of the basics and learn how it’s an essential area of skill and knowledge for all graphic designers.
Logo Creation with Adobe Illustrator
Wednesday, 13 Sep 18:00 PM GMT
Logo design is all around us. They serve as instant reminders and points of recognition of products or brands. Here we examine best practices associated with creating logos and the challenge of incorporating a client’s ideologies into a single graphic, all while utilising the power of Adobe Illustrator for logo creation.
Designing for the Web
Monday, 18 Sep 18:00 PM GMT
Understanding how users interact with websites and basic patterns of user behaviour is a crucial skill when implementing web page design. In this lesson you will gain that understanding and how to apply correct principles to your design, and produce effective, professional layouts.
Print & Pre-Press Basics and InDesign Introduction
Wednesday, 20 Sep 18:00 PM GMT
One of the most fundamental areas of design is print work, and a solid understanding of how to correctly set your files up for printing is vital. Here you will learn the correct terminology, how to apply it, and create and setup a document for print in Adobe InDesign.
How Advanced Semesters Work
Learn New Skills
The Thursday webinars are very interactive and are often student led. As long as you’re a member, you will be registered for them indefinitely, so you can log in anywhere in the world to share your work with fellow students and have your photographs critiqued live by our experts.
Semester II - Career Semester
Branding and packaging is an important tool to any business. This lesson will teach all the knowledge you need to get ahead in the branding and packaging side of graphic design. Using the Adobe packages, we will create some stunning artwork to be used for a variety of different branding and packaging.
Typography is an art form of its own. Understanding typography and its power is a great asset to any designer. Creating your own custom fonts is an advantage every graphic designer should possess. We will look at custom fonts and how to edit already existing fonts to help your designs pop.
This lesson will solely focus on the process of idea generation and how to go from a simple brief to a masterpiece of work. We will go through all the steps of idea generation in depth, allowing for creativity even in the non-creative parts of graphic design.
These lessons will be based on career advice to help you ease into the possibility of designing for either a client or for yourself. We will discuss on a step by step basis what you need to know and what you need to do to become a freelance graphic designer.
Semester III - Advanced Theory Semester
Colour in design is very subjective. What evokes one reaction in a person may evoke a very different reaction in someone else. Colour theory is a science and learning concepts like Chroma, Value and Saturation is key to creating your own colour schemes, which we will be creating from scratch. This is essential for your personal design projects.
Photoshop is one part of the `Holy Trinity’ of design, the others being Illustrator and InDesign. During this lesson you will discover the shear amount of power Photoshop contains. This tour of Photoshop will touch on the many tools of Photoshop and the sub-categories within each tool choice.
Filters are a great tool for any graphic designer. Photoshop has a large range of filters to fit every genre and to help create amazing pieces of work. During this lesson we will delve in these filters, to fully grasp the creative power they have.
During this lesson you will discover the best principles of logo design, and the “what not to do”, to make sure you avoid those easily made mistakes. This Lesson will then discuss what makes a logo work before moving on to the principals contained in Gestalt theory.
Semester IV - Professional Creation Semester
Infographics are visual representations of data and information. They are intended to help convey information faster, as the mind processes images faster than words. We will be discussing the best practices when designing infographics before approaching our own infographic creation in Adobe Illustrator.
Whether you work in digital or print, you need to understand grid theory. Grids are like the invisible glue that holds a design together. So whatever area of design you are interested in, we'll help you gain a solid understanding of the terminology, practice and purpose of the grid.
During this lesson, we will discuss tips for portfolio creation that will help guide you towards that next step in your career. During our hands on practical webinar, we will try a variety of different layout types so you, as a creative individual, can tweak them to your own standards, inviting your own creative portfolio.
A creative CV/Résumé will help you stand out, get you the interview and secure the job, along with the portfolio of course. We will look at the best practices for creative résumés and will touch on some of the best creative techniques used during the design.
I have just completed Kevin's Graphic Design course and highly recommend it to anyone interested in this field. It was packed with a wealth of info that he crammed into 10 excellent lessons.
Doing graphics designing course, it's really amazing, interactive and professional and I recommend Shaw academy to everyone who are willing to take online courses and also want full support about their courses throughout the session. It's really fun guys give it a try.
Thanks to Kevin for the amazing graphic design courses I'm thoroughly enjoying it and learning new things each lesson
I found the course of Graphic Design to be extremely helpful.I have never found the staff at any other learning institution as supportive as the staff at Shaw Academy.
I love the interactive approach and the time the teachers take to contact us all personally as well. I enjoyed my graphic design course very much and would recommend Shaw Academy to anyone that likes studying in their own pace and time.
Graphic Design awesome . Really helpful .
It's my first time to try and online course..
I have started with Shaw academy graphic design course , I am enjoying the course It is really interesting ,,Thank you Shaw academy #shawgraphic
I am taking the Graphic Design Class and I was a bit worried because I had no experience but I am thrilled with the experience!!! I have learned so very much! I thought I would be overwhelmed but I am not, the class it face-paced but not too much so that I cant keep up. I am definitely taking another class as soon as this one wraps up.
I am taking the graphics design class all the way from zambia lusaka. I was very worried of how it will be .