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Short Course
Graphic Design
A need was identified in the market for a short course in graphic design that can provide participants with the basic skills and knowledge to create vector images, logos, brochures, pamphlets, business cards and other marketing material to be used in both digital and print formats.

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of this short course is to present a part-time platform where participants can develop the skills required to produce graphic design-based items.

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:
  • The ability to show an informed understanding of the key concepts, principles, rules and theories of graphic design;
  • The ability to select and apply the appropriate standard methods, procedures and/or techniques as the situation requires by choosing appropriate tools for the task and using it with well-informed and trained skills;
  • The ability to identify, evaluate and solve routine problems as well as new problems in the context of graphic design.

For outcome 1:

Paricipants must be able to define key concepts of graphic design; discuss and apply standard principles and rules relating to design practices; distinguish and critically explain different theories relating to graphic design practices.

For outcome 2:

Participants must be able to discuss, distinguish and implement appropriate standard methods, procedures and techniques in different contexts with a view to effectively use all the available tools to create graphic design items.

For outcome 3:

Participants must be able to use the knowledge they have mastered in order to solve different contextual problems as will be experienced with graphic design



It should be noted that participants 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 (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 course are to be moderated.
Method of assessment: 
Assessment will be carried out in the form of two practical class tests (one third of final mark) and two substantial practical assignments (two thirds of final mark).

Additional information

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