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Short Course
Adobe Design Software
A need was identified in the market for a short course in computer software programs that can provide participants with the basic skills and knowledge to create graphic design items (such as logos, business cards, vector images, etc.), to edit digital photographs (for marketing purposes, both in print and digital formats) and to design professional layouts for information units (such as brochures, pamflets, newsletters, magazines, etc.).

Purpose of the course:

After completing this Short Course participants will be able to create vector-based graphic design items, to edit digital photography, and to design professional layouts.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Basic computer literacy

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
Upon successful completion of this short course, participants will have the scope of knowledge and informed understanding/ability (a) to use Adobe Illustrator CC to create vector images and to design basic graphic design items, (b) to use Adobe Photoshop CC to edit digital photographs depending on its intended use, and (c) to use Adobe InDesign CC to design a professional layout for an information distribution unit. The outcomes required to achieve this include: (1) a basic understanding of the appropriate software and the ability to apply various methods and procedures required by the given task, (2) the ability to gather and screen information based on its relevance and importance to the given task, and to apply effective processes of analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and creative expression, and (3) the ability to identify, evaluate and solve routine problems and new problems in the context of the given task

For Outcome 1:

Participants must be able to identify, discuss, distinguish and implement appropriate software tools, standard methods and/or procedures in different contexts to create vector images, to design basic graphic design items, to edit digital photographs, and to design a professional layout information distribution units.

For Outcome 2:  

Participants must be able to access, process and manage information in order to produce a creative and original entity of communicating information via the use of computer software related design.

For Outcome 3:

Participants must be able to prioritise options to successfully solve different contextual problems pertaining to vector images, basic graphic design items, digital photographs, and layouts

It should be noted that students are obliged to attend at least 70% of the contact classes to successfully pass the course. Furthermore, a participant must attain an average mark of 50% for all the relevant assessments in order to pass the course. Assessment will be supervised and conducted by the course presenter. The assessments are in the form of one class test and one substantial practical assignment per module to be completed by each participant individually (see method of assessment for breakdown of assessment). Any statement (“transcript”, letter of attendance, receipt, or any other document bearing a NWU emblem) must be treated in the same manner as a certificate – i.e. issued ONLY via the approved NWU system/route/protocol. The final assessments of this short learning programme are to be moderated
Method of assessment: 
Assessment will be carried out in the form of one practical class test (one third of module mark) and one substantial practical assignment practical assignment per module (two thirds of module mark)

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
Working adults, local businesses and full-time students at NWU Potchefstroom campus.
Contact us
Me Lindi Cameron
Telephone number: 
018 299 4094