Art & Design N Diploma

Full Time

UniCollege’s dynamic programme in Graphic Design will prepare you for this exciting industry. You will learn skills in drawing, web and graphic design. You will get a solid knowledge base by exploring and developing your ideas using both traditional skills and the latest digital media technologies.

From developing a design concept through to the final product, generating images using different software applications, learners are encouraged to develop an individual approach. You will gain practical skills and experience on Adobe Creative Suite which includes Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Our amazing team of facilitators brings a wealth of industry expertise and knowledge to this unique offering.

Entrance Requirements
  • Grade 12 National Senior Certificate (NSC) or an appropriate National Certificate (N3) or equivalent
  • Computer skills
  • A good command of the English language
Career Opportunities

This programme will prepare you for many career opportunities in the field of graphic design including:

  • Desktop publisher
  • Graphic designer
  • Web designer
  • Animator
  • Advertising art director
  • Illustrator
  • Production design
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Spatial designer
  • Exhibition designer
  • Photo editor
  • Entrepreneur – start your own design studio
Course Outline


  • Desktop Publishing
  • Drawing I
  • Graphic Design I
  • Web Design I
  • Entrepreneurship & Business Management


  • Adobe Creative Suite Practice
  • Drawing II
  • Graphic Design II
  • Web Design II
  • History of Art
Accreditation and Certification

Students write national examinations which are set and administered by the DHET.

Successful students achieve the following certification which is conferred and issued by the DHET:

  • National Certificate: N4 Art and Design (SAQA ID: 66831)
  • National Certificate: N5 Art and Design (SAQA ID: 66915)
  • National Certificate: N6 Art and Design (SAQA ID: 66994)

Once you have successfully achieved all three N4–N6 certificates and have worked for 18 months (minimum of 2000 hours) in a design environment, your logbook will be submitted to the DHET. Once you receive DHET approval, you will qualify to receive the highly respected National N Diploma: Art and Design (SAQA ID: 67031).

Students also have the opportunity to write the following international Adobe examinations:

  • Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Photoshop CC
  • ACA Illustrator CC
  • ACA InDesign CC
  • ACA Dreamweaver CC

The cost of writing these Adobe exams is additional and for your account.

Course Factsheet