UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

GRAPHIC DESIGN

In collaboration with GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc.

Duration

10 weeks, excluding
orientation

Effort

7 –10 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

ON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, YOU’LL WALK AWAY WITH:

1

A practical understanding of Adobe Illustrator* and knowledge of the latest techniques in typography, colour, layout and composition

2

Insights into designing for both print and digital media.

3

A deeper understanding of the dynamics of a graphic design team, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.

4

Proof of your newly-acquired graphic design knowledge in the form of an official certificate from the University of Cape Town.

 

* Please note: GetSmarter won’t provide the software needed; you will be responsible for ensuring you have the necessary software to complete the course.

COURSE CURRICULUM

Module 1:
What is Graphic Design?

Learn about the scope and history of graphic design.

Module 2:
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Learn how to use the Adobe Illustrator software you will be using to create your assignments.

Module 3:
Understanding Digital Images

Discover the aspects of computer literacy relevant to graphic design, and the basics of digital graphic design.

Module 4:
Visual Communication

Discover specific techniques for generating meaning through visual elements.

Module 5:
Layout and Composition

Learn how to improve the layout and composition of your work.

Module 6:
Idea Generation and Research

Learn how to go about generating innovative ideas and communicating them to clients and team members. Module 7:
Working With Text (Typography)

Learn how to choose and analyse typefaces for the best results.

Module 8:
Designing for Print

Discover how to adjust a design specifically for print.

Module 9:
Creating Designs for the Web

Learn about the specifics of designing graphics for use on the web.

Module 10:
The Business of Graphic Design

Learn about the dynamics of a graphic design team, and how to create a professional portfolio and online presence.

YOUR CONVENOR

Martha Evans

Senior Lecturer in Media Studies and Media Production, UCT

Dr Evans has a Master of Arts in creative writing and a PhD in media studies from UCT, where she now teaches journalism and media studies courses. She has worked as a writer, editor, copywriter, and mass communication strategist, and has edited the work of a number of top South African writers. Evans has written for Getaway, the Mail & Guardian, and the Cape Argus, and was the winner of the Sunday Independent travel writing competition in 2008.

In addition to teaching theory courses, Evans is also the production convenor at UCT and teaches multimedia journalism courses that cover the following topics: writing, copy-editing, proofreading, introduction to InDesign, infographic design, and designing for print.

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AN ONLINE EDUCATION THAT SETS YOU APART

This UCT online short course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider GetSmarter. Join a growing community of global professionals, and benefit from the opportunity to:

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Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from an international selection of universities, entirely online and in your own time

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Enjoy a personalised, people-mediated online learning experience created to make you feel supported at every step

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Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones

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