Basic Graphic Design Course

Basic Graphic Design Course

Course Description

The graphic designing online course for beginners from Digital School of Marketing will equip you with the knowledge you need to understand the core principles of visual communication, understand the business of the graphic design industry, and give you the fundamental knowledge that you need to be able to start designing on Adobe illustrator.

At the end of this graphic design basics course, you will be able to design eye-catching logos, create illustrations from scratch, and how to navigate yourself with ease around Adobe Illustrator.

All business organisations will require the skill of a professional graphic designer at some point, and after this basic course, this could be you! Professionals in this field play an integral role in the world of digital media and visual communication. This career is highly valued and in high demand.

Our Basic Graphic Design Course will provide you will the much-needed, and in-demand technical skills you will need to make Graphic Design your new profession.

You will learn how to work with digital images, typography and how to create compelling graphic design pieces that will sell. You will gain a solid understanding of the business of graphic design and how to comprise a professional graphic design portfolio.

Course Requirements:

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Stable Internet

What makes graphic design basics course for beginners different?

  • Comprehensive video library with step-by-step instructions.
  • Graduate with tangible skills and knowledge.
  • Practical and usable skills you can apply to your new or existing profession.
  • This Basic Graphic Design Course is a step-by-step course ensuring that you are never lost on the adobe illustrator platform.

Who is this basic graphic design course aimed at?

  • Individuals that want to upskill themselves in Graphic Design
  • Individuals looking to start a new profession in the Design Field
  • Entrepreneurs who want to understand design and gain a competitive edge in their industry

Included with the basic graphic design course online in South Africa

  • 90 in-depth video lectures on Adobe Illustrator software
  • Videos outlining all the features of the Illustrator software
  • Lifelong access to all video lecture content on the DSM learning platform

Duration of the online graphic design course

  • The average time of completion is 3 to 4 months depending on the time you allocate to your studies.


Below is an exhaustive compilation of the course modules you will cover

Module 1 – Introduction Tutorial
Module 2 – What is graphic design
Module 3 – Idea generation
Module 4 – The design process
Module 5 – Visual language
Module 6 – Typography
Module 7 – Design elements
Module 8 – Understanding digital elements

Module 9 – Gestalt principles
Module 10 – Designing for print
Module 11 – Designing for the web
Module 12 – The business of graphic design
Module 13 – Present Advertising Ideas
Module 14 – Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
Module 15 – Object Transformation and Arranging
Module 16 – Typography and Colour


50% upfront discount for students funding the course privately

R14850total payment
  • Deposit R3200
  • R2913 (4 months)

R14850total payment
  • Deposit R2900
  • R1494 (8 months)

R17500total payment
  • Deposit R3200
  • R2860 (5 months)

R17500total payment
  • Deposit R2900
  • R1460 (10 months)

50% upfront discount for students funding the course privately


The Graphic Design Course for beginners is accredited through MICT SETA and internationally endorsed by the CPD UK services body.

How to Study

This basic Graphic Course is delivered on a cutting-edge online learning platform. It is designed to give you theoretical and practical knowledge and experience in Graphic Design and Adobe Illustrator.

Digital School of Marketing has adopted a personalised approach to your learning experience – this allows you to start when you are ready, and study at your own pace whilst enjoying the benefit of our full-time student support.

This is how you will study the graphic design course online:

  • Slides with information pertaining to each module and subject
  • Infographics designed specifically for learning outcomes
  • Videos designed specifically for the learning programme
  • Downloadable eBooks of every lesson
  • Earn while you learn certificates – after successful completion of each module you will be awarded a certificate
  • Formative assessments, multiple choice questions and summative assessments

As a student you receive:

  • Login details for the course
  • Student Support throughout
  • Certificates for each successfully completed module (Digital copies)
  • a final certificate for the course (Hard copy and Digital copy)

Virtual Sessions

Get the most out of your Graphic design online course experience and join our live and on-demand virtual class community.

Enjoy the benefits of classroom learning from the comfort of your own home on any device.

  • 2 evening lectures per week
  • 2 hours per lecture
  • Learn new skills in our immersive virtual environment
  • Interact with industry experts
  • Join the tribe and connect with fellow students
  • Build a network of likeminded individuals

Virtual lectures Start: TBC

What makes us different?

We have long been established in the Digital Marketing and design industry

We are SETA registered

We are BEE compliant

Courses are internationally transferable

Massive video library making your understanding of these applications a breeze

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is the online Graphic Design Course accredited?

    Yes – the online Graphic Design Course is accredited through MICT SETA, internationally endorsed by the CPD UK services body.

    How long will it take me to complete this Graphic Design Course?

    On average students take 6 to 8 months to complete this graphic design course. However, if you need longer to complete your basic graphic studies – you will be able to.

    When can I start the online Graphic Design Course?

    This online Graphic Design Course, which gives a thorough grounding in graphic design strategy and Adobe Illustrator skills, can be started at any time of the year. You may start studying whenever you are ready.

    The Course is offered throughout the year. So you can start your basic graphic design studies whenever the time is right for you!

    Where can I work with the online Graphic Design Course?

    This course is designed for you to step into any graphic design position in a private or corporate institution. You will also be fully qualified to work for yourself in your own business after you’ve finished the course.

    Why are graphic design skills needed in the workplace?

    Graphic design is about far more than merely aesthetics — it’s a type of communication between your business and your audience. Businesses utilise graphics in every stage of the marketing funnel to inform, engage, and ultimately persuade prospective customers to make a purchase or take a desired action.

    It is therefore imperative that all organisations – big and small – upskill their staff in graphic design to capitalise on this growing trend. If you would like a quote for your company, please get in touch and we will gladly prepare one for you.

    This online Graphic Design Course is designed for you to step into any design position in a private or corporate institution. You will also be fully qualified to work for yourself in your own business after you’ve finished the course.

    Where is the Digital School of Marketing Head Office?

    Our head office is based in Randburg, Johannesburg. However, the marketing courses are available throughout South Africa and Internationally through online learning.

    Is there student support?

    There is student support available from Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, at the college with trained assessors and facilitators to assist you in your marketing studies. Contact our trained digital marketing assessors to assist in your marketing learning journey.

    Why choose the Digital School of Marketing?

    The Digital School of Marketing is fully accredited through the Media Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA). This means that the online digital marketing courses are specially designed for the digital industry. All industry benchmarks and standards have been met. Additionally, You can start studying the Basic Digital Marketing Course anytime during the year and the courses are available throughout South Africa.

    How old do I have to be to start a course at DSM?

    You have to be 17 years old to be eligible to start the Basic Digital Marketing Course, which provides the best digital marketing course in South Africa.

    What are the payment options available?

    There are many payment options available at the Digital School of Marketing. We offer discounts on full payments. Debit orders are available as well as structured payment plans with installments. – Studying Digital Marketing has never been this easy!

    When does the debit order run?

    The debit order runs for the Basic Digital Marketing course on the last working day of every month.

    If I choose the debit order option, will I be billed more than the monthly course instalments?

    No. You will only be billed for the monthly course instalment.

    Can I freeze my debit order?

    No. Your debit order runs automatically after the first payment is charged.

    Can My employers assist with payment for the course?

    Yes! – Please contact us for a customised quote for the basic digital marketing certification for your employers.

    Where Can I Study Digital Marketing Courses In Johannesburg?

    If you want to study digital marketing courses in Johannesburg, there are several options available. You can study in a classroom setting (such as at the University of the Witwatersrand) or – if flexibility is important to you – then going for an online option is your best bet.

    Where Can I Study Digital Marketing Courses In Pretoria?

    The digital marketing industry is skyrocketing and you need to be a part of it! If you’re on the hunt for digital marketing courses in Pretoria there are two options for you – either a classroom-based course or an online one such as the digital marketing courses on offer at the Digital School of Marketing.

    Where Can I Study Digital Marketing Courses In Durban?

    If you want to become a digital marketer or run your own business, you need digital marketing skills to promote your company. If you’re based in KwaZulu-Natal and are looking for digital marketing courses in Durban, in terms of face-to-face courses you should look at Pixel Craft Training. But if you’re looking for an online, anytime, anywhere course then the Digital School of Marketing is your best bet.

    Where Can I Study Digital Marketing Courses In Port Elizabeth?

    Marketing happens online now so marketers – who’ve been trained in traditional methodologies – need to upskill themselves with a digital marketing course. Are you looking for digital marketing courses in Port Elizabeth? If you are, you need to look into the Digital School of Marketing’s wide range of courses.

    Where Can I Study Digital Marketing Courses In Cape Town?

    When looking at digital marketing courses in Cape Town there are plenty of options to choose from. For instance, you could approach the AAA School of Advertising or Rosebank College as these institutions offer face-to-face classes. However, if you are looking for online options, try the Digital School of Marketing, we offer a wide range of courses.

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