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Higher Certificate In Graphic Design

The Higher Certificate in Graphic Design is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to enter a career in graphic design. The qualification further assists in the development of academic skills empowering graduates to further their education in higher education. The qualification is focused on the development of knowledge and skills in design, drawing, and software application that will provide a balanced set of skills required for entry-level positions in the graphic design industry. The qualification further assists in the development of students’ academic skills through engagement with theory that underpins the development of practical projects.
Presented at Bloemfontein; Boksburg; Polokwane; Potchefstroom; Pretoria; Stellenbosch
Text Books:
  • Access to text books on O’Reilly Online Learning is included in the fees.

  • A laptop* and a minimum of 20 GB data per month (uncapped recommended) are required to access training material.
  • Compulsory Adobe CC student yearly subscription for an estimated R2800. Request more information from your campus

Optional Resources:
  • A digital drawing tablet with stylus is recommended

Career Fields:
  • Graphic Design
  • Advertising Agencies

* Please refer to Bring Your Own Device document for device specifications.
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2 Study options available

Full Time

1-3 year tertiary education programmes for school leavers. National qualifications & international certifications.


Part Time

Are you a working individual and do not have the time to study full time? This option is perfect for you!
*Only runs in VILT (Virtual Instructor Led Training)





  • DPO511: Design Programs 1A
  • DRF511: Drawing Fundamentals
  • ENG511: English Communication
  • GDF511: Graphic Design Fundamentals
  • AHF512: Art History Foundation
  • DPO512: Design Programs 1B
  • DRA512: Drawing Application
  • GDA512: Graphic Design Application


  • Higher Certificate in Graphic Design (SAQA ID: 110785, NQF 5, 120 Credits)


    On successful completion of international exams:

  • Adobe Certified Associate in Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Certified Associate in Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop


A Grade 12 Certificate with admission to Higher Certificate studies; Age Exemption (23 years or older); English at grade 12/NQF level 4 or equivalent; RPL option available

CTU Training Solutions (PTY) Ltd (selected registered campuses) is also 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 14(4)(b) of the Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions, 2016. (No 2014/HE07/004). (Registered campuses: Bloemfontein, Boksburg, Polokwane, Potchefstroom , Pretoria, Stellenbosch)

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    CTU Training Solutions | Updated: December 2nd, 2021
    Terms & Conditions: The content of this page is subject to change without notification due to market trends in the industry, legislation and/ or programme version updates. Refer to website for the latest version of the prospectus. The CTU Career Campus, a division of CTU Training Solutions (PTY) Ltd, reserves the right to change the programme content without prior notice. Additional international exams may be written but are not included in the programme fee. Minimum student (capacity) group sizes will fall into the Virtual Instructor-Led programme commencing in the months of February & July of each year.

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