Diploma in Graphic Design
Diploma in

Graphic Design

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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 +

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SEMESTER 1
4 WEEKS

Introduction

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SEMESTER 2
4 WEEKS

Intermediate

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SEMESTER 3
4 WEEKS

Advanced

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SEMESTER 4
4 WEEKS

Profecient

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Annual Salary Prospective

From $54,000 to $220,000+

Semester I - Introduction

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8 Live Interactive Lessons

Mondays & Wednesdays

Along with weekly assignments and fun quizzes to keep learning!

  • Week 1 -

    Introduction to Graphic Design

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    Monday, 24 Jul 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.

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    Elements & Principles of Design

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    Wednesday, 26 Jul 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.

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    Colour Theory & Photoshop Introduction

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    Monday, 31 Jul 18:00 PM GMT

    One of the most important factors of any design is colour. Colour theory creates a logical structure and is vital to understand as part of your design education. Colour can set a mood, attract attention, or make a statement. It can be your most powerful design element and here you will learn how to understand and use it effectively.

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    Photoshop for Designers

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    Wednesday, 02 Aug 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.

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    Introduction to Typography & Adobe Illustrator Overview

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    Monday, 07 Aug 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.

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    Logo Creation with Adobe Illustrator

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    Wednesday, 09 Aug 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.

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    Designing for the Web

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    Monday, 14 Aug 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.

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    Print & Pre-Press Basics and InDesign Introduction

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    Wednesday, 16 Aug 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

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Theory Lesson

Tuesdays

Learn New Skills

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Practical Lesson

Thursdays

Application Webinars

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 -

  • Colour in design is very subjective. What evokes one reaction in a person may evoke a very different reaction in someone else. Sometimes this is due to personal preference, and other times due to cultural background. Colour theory is a science in itself 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. expand

    Photoshop Essential

  • 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. This lesson will also provide a deeper look into the blend modes, the layer style blending options and the image adjustments that can be used and tweaked to your liking. expand

    Photoshop Filters

  • 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. expand

    Logo Design Principals

  • During this lesson you will discover the best principles of logo design and the what not to dos, 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. Following on from this, you will get a look into the design process of negative space. Finally, in the practical session, you will gain a hands on approach to logo design techniques and the all-important negative space logo creation. expand

    Infographics

Semester III -

  • Infographics are visual representations of data and information. They are intended to help convey information faster, as the mind processes images faster than words. This lesson will touch on the history of infographics and how technology has had a major impact. We will be discussing the best practices when designing infographics before approaching our own infographic creation in Adobe Illustrator. expand

    Grid Theory

  • Before approaching Adobe InDesign, we will look at the development of grid layout, the golden ratio and the rule of thirds. We will have a brief look at the layout terms needed when designing for InDesign. Based on our look at grid theory we will use Adobe InDesign to create a magazine cover spread. We will start by learning how to create master pages to make our designing life easier, before moving on to more advanced techniques to help our magazine jump to life. expand

    Portfolio Creation

  • Pushing forward from our grid layout lessons, the next step is to discuss the best practices for portfolio creation. 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. expand

    Creative Résumé

  • After creating your killer Portfolio, it is now time to take that extra step towards securing a design career. 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 designing. expand

    Branding & Packaging

Semester IV -

  • Branding and packaging is an important tool to any business. As a designer you will need to know how to make your clients business stand out from its competitors. 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. expand

    Advanced Typography

  • 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. expand

    Idea Generation & Development

  • 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 of the steps of idea generation in depth, allowing for creativity even in the non-creative parts of graphic design. We will also look at clichés and how to avoid them for a better end result when designing. expand

    Career Advice

  • The final 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. This lesson will give you the opportunity to ask about any worries you have concerning your next step within graphic design and to gain valuable advice from our graphic design educators. expand

  • Kerryann Collier
    Kerryann Collier
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    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.

  • Sùmőñ
    Sùmőñ
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    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.

  • Dawn Burns
    Dawn Burns
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    Thanks to Kevin for the amazing graphic design courses I'm thoroughly enjoying it and learning new things each lesson

  • Rebecca Rijsdijk
    Rebecca Rijsdijk
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    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.

  • Sama Z Sha'ar
    Sama Z Sha'ar
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    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.

  • Qais ALkhider
    Qais ALkhider
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    I have started with Shaw academy graphic design course , I am enjoying the course It is really interesting ,,Thank you Shaw academy #shawgraphic

  • Dania Alabsi
    Dania Alabsi
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    Graphic Design awesome . Really helpful .

  • Marly Essam
    Marly Essam
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    It's my first time to try and online course..

  • Stacey StJohn
    Stacey StJohn
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    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.

  • Imran Motala
    Imran Motala
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    I am taking the graphics design class all the way from zambia lusaka. I was very worried of how it will be .

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