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Graphic designers and desktop publishers need to be imaginative and creative. They should understand form and colour and be able to use their artistic abilities to draw and design. They should also possess technical skills, particularly in using computers and design software. Employers also seek applicants with good communication skills, has the ability to work under pressure and able to meet deadlines.

You can work in an advertising agency or in any business firm that has a need for such a service. There is also an option to establish a freelance career. Plenty of jobs exist in digital design companies and in-house print companies but the freelance sector is enjoying enormous growth too. Employment opportunities in this industry are on a steady increase specifically for jobs in the digital medium.

Graphics Design & Desktop Publishing offers a challenging environment for skilled hands and creative minds. Prepare for a satisfying and rewarding career as a graphic designer or desktop publisher.

Graphic designers and desktop publishers need to be imaginative and creative. They should understand form and colour and be able to use their artistic abilities to draw and design. They should also possess technical skills, particularly in using computers and design software. Employers also seek applicants with good communication skills, has the ability to work under pressure and able to meet...

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Course Content

Students who enrol into the course will complete the following units of study:

1 Foundation & Theory

  • Colour Theory
  • History of computer graphics
  • Resolution
  • Introduction to Postscript
  • Bit Depth and File Size

2 Tools and Workplace

  • Computer Hardware
  • graphics Software
  • File Formats
  • Setting Up a Studio
  • Choosing the Right Tools

3 Raw Materials

  • Graphics Tablet
  • Choosing a Scanner
  • Scan Basics
  • Descreen & Black/White Point
  • Digital Camera Basics
  • Royalty-Free Photography

4 Printing and Prepress

  • Printer Troubleshooting
  • Remote Printing
  • Prepress
  • Linking and Embedding
  • Digital Print
  • Portable Document Format

5 Digital Illustration

  • Bezier Curves
  • Objects and Grouping
  • Vector Basics
  • Bitmap Basics
  • Selections and Masks
  • Filters
  • Pixel Painting
  • Rasterising and Clipping Paths

6 Advanced Digital Illustration

  • Photographic Manipulation
  • Montage
  • Combining Pixel with Paths
  • Perspective and Shadows
  • Getting Creative
  • Text as a Graphics
  • Realism

7 Design and Typography

  • What is Design?
  • Legibility
  • Appropriateness
  • Professional Habits
  • Branding Typefaces and Fonts
  • Serif and Sanserif
  • Typographic Rules

8 Desktop Publishing

  • Page Layout
  • The Brief
  • Grads and Margins
  • Master Pages
  • Paragraphs and Text Styles
  • Graphics with Text
  • Order of Layout Pages
  • Copy fitting

9 Web Design

  • Web Graphics
  • Internet File Formats
  • Webpage Layout
  • HTML
  • Functionality
  • Web Design Software
  • Cascading Style Sheets
  • Navigation
  • Hyperlinks

10 Marketing and Design

  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Salesmanship
  • The Designers Responsibility
  • Internet Marketing
  • Brand Advertising
  • Search Engines
  • Target Marketing

Students who enrol into the course will complete the following units of study: 1 Foundation & Theory Colour Theory History of computer graphics Resolution Introduction to Postscript Bit Depth and File Size 2 Tools and Workplace Computer Hardware graphics...

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Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to enrol in the course.

There are no prerequisites to enrol in the course.

Assessment Methods

At the end of certain modules, you will be assessed via project-based or written assessment tasks. You are to submit these assessments to your tutor who will mark and return your submissions. You will find the submission link on the course page. The process is repeated until you have completed all the assessment tasks.

At the end of certain modules, you will be assessed via project-based or written assessment tasks. You are to submit these assessments to your tutor who will mark and return your submissions. You will find the submission link on the course page. The process is repeated until you have completed all the assessment tasks.

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