Diploma in Graphic Design

Learn the basic principles of graphic design and the industry standard tools used by designers from all genres

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Graphic design is all about visually communicating an idea, thought, message or meaning. Graphic designers create and combine symbols, images and/or words to convey these ideas. Read More

Graphic design is all around us. It is in our morning newspaper, on our coffee cups, on our favourite apps, wherever we look. The most common forms include Logos, Websites, Advertisements and Magazine/Newspaper layouts. But the list is endless.

Graphic design is visual problem solving, your aim is to create something that is pleasing to the eye, and gets the attention of the viewer. But it’s not always about making things look cool! It has to work! What’s the point of having a great looking restaurant menu if you can’t find the drinks list or what the prices are?! Or a fantastic looking website but can’t find the contact details or tell what button is for what purpose.

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Graphic design is a very exciting area, you are often working with cutting edge technology, using your creativity and also having fun while doing it. If you can pay attention to detail, are patient, creative, and like solving problems, then you are well on your way. So all that scribbling and doodling in school might finally pay off!

This course will provide you with the necessary real world applicable skills and knowledge to enhance and promote you or your potential client’s brand, ideas or message.


  1. Lessons provided by an award winning multidisciplinary designer.
  2. Lessons are in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (the Holy Trinity of design applications!)
  3. Learn how to design for print.
  4. Learn how to create Web interfaces and mock ups.
  5. Practical skills and knowledge to help promote and enhance the visual appeal and presence of your, or potential clients, business.
  6. 10 online modules of highly enjoyable interactive, easily accessible, premium practical content delivered in an accessible format available on-demand at your convenience 24/7
  7. Lessons are divided into short chapters to allow you to study efficiently without impeding on your current lifestyle.
  8. Full support provided throughout and upon completion of the programme – your tutor is at hand at all times and can be reached with any question no matter how large or small.
  9. No prior knowledge or experience required.

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 1 delivers a brief introduction to basic graphic design and Adobe package fundamentals such as Workspace layout and Adobes use of layers. A brief overview of the 10 lessons in the module will also be covered.

Lesson 2: Understanding the Elements & Principles of Graphic Design

Elements (Line, Shape, Colour, Texture, Mass & Space) and Principles (Alignment, Balance, Contrast, Proximity & Repetition) are at the core of any type of design and once you are familiar and aware of these, and understand how to apply them to your own work, you will become a better designer. It is very important to understand these fundamentals and anyone whether amateur or professional can utilize these to create professional looking pieces.

Lesson 3: Creating Image Composites

Combine multiple images into one to create subtle or quite drastic effects! Create backgrounds using gradient and texture fills and use masks and selection tools to cut out image backgrounds. Use image adjustments to blend images together.

Lesson 4: Photo Editing

Learn how to open, edit/manipulate and save an image. Create more visually appealing images through enhancement and manipulation using Photoshop’s powerful selection and healing tools as well as adjustment layers.

Lesson 5: Introduction to Illustrator / Create a Logo

Learn about the Illustrator application and vector graphics and why it is such a powerful tool for designers. Create your very own logo by using the Shape Tool, manipulating and colouring shapes, using and manipulating Symbols and editing and manipulating Text in Illustrator.

Lesson 6: Illustrator Part 2 / Tracing Artwork & Brushes

Trace features and Pen Tool to create vector graphics from standard images. Add interest and details to illustrations by using Illustrators brushes. Create and use your own brushes.

Lesson 7: Typography

An introduction to Typography basics and simple design rules. Learn about typographic quality through Point Size, Kerning, Line Spacing and Length. Create a simple Typographic image by mixing, combining and manipulating type.

Lesson 8: Designing for Web

In this lesson we re-examine our Design Elements & Principles specifically focussing on applying them for web and digital layouts. We also examine the principles of Usability and User Experience for better enhancing your designs.

Lesson 9: Creating Web Layouts in Photoshop

Use Photoshop to design a web interface. Setup Document for web. Use Guides. Create textured/gradient backgrounds. Add, edit and transform graphics. Advanced image techniques such as reflection and lighting effects. Advanced type effects and typography. Button design.

Lesson 10: Introduction to InDesign / Create a Business Card

Print and prepress basics is fundamental to your design education and these are examined here along with various printing techniques and effects. We then introduce Adobe InDesign, create our business card and finally learn how to output our files for professional print.

All courses at Shaw Academy are independently accredited by an internationally recognised body for CPD purposes. This course is also accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which is an independent body that ensures qualifications are in line with the most current professional standards
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Course Schedules

Lesson # Day Date Time
Class 1 Monday Mon Nov 14, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 2 Wednesday Wed Nov 16, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 3 *On Demand
Class 4 Monday Mon Nov 21, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 5 Wednesday Wed Nov 23, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 6 *On Demand
Class 7 Monday Mon Nov 28, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 8 Wednesday Wed Nov 30, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 9 Monday Mon Dec 05, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 10 Wednesday Wed Dec 07, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Lesson # Day Date Time
Class 1 Monday Mon Jan 09, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 2 Wednesday Wed Jan 11, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 3 *On Demand
Class 4 Monday Mon Jan 16, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 5 Wednesday Wed Jan 18, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 6 *On Demand
Class 7 Monday Mon Jan 23, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 8 Wednesday Wed Jan 25, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 9 Monday Mon Jan 30, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 10 Wednesday Wed Feb 01, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST