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Associates Diploma Graphics Design

Qualification rationale

The rationale for the design of these qualifications is as follows:

  1. The qualifications adhere as closely as possible to the SSS NOSS for Graphic Designer and Web Designer, while offering coherent Associate Diploma and Diploma qualifications which have value in the labor market.
  2. The Associate Diploma is more broad-based in content than the Diploma, covering a working practical application of graphic design techniques, including an underpinning understanding of design theory, color theory and the use of the software tools which are typically used in commercial graphic design environments. Throughout the Associate Diploma qualification there is an underlying emphasis on working against a brief; developing and testing creative ideas in a diverse range of contexts, and ultimately generating both original and derivative design works for presentation. The Associate Diploma is a prerequisite for the Diploma but can also be a “standalone” qualification for trainees who do not wish to progress to the Diploma but want to enter the labor market with valuable set of skills, knowledge and competencies at a lower level.
  3. The Diploma is more specialized, providing opportunities for trainees to develop and demonstrate skills in specific areas. Trainees will develop a more in-depth understanding of specialist software techniques; either in print and page layout or in web design, depending on which pathway they choose. A substantial proportion of the Diploma deals with developing

 

Entry Requirements

Associate Diploma in Graphic Design:

Achievement of:

  • Cambridge English KET, and
  • Cambridge International IT Skills Certificate (Basic)

Diploma in Graphic Design:

  • Completion of Associate Diploma in Graphic Design

 

Qualification pathways

The Diploma in Graphic Design has two pathways (print and web), of which learners must choose one. The pathways are represented on qualification certificates as endorsements:

  1. Diploma in Graphic Design (Print)
  2. Diploma in Graphic Design (Web)
  3. Centers are required to offer at least one of the pathways to learners.

 

General Goal of the Graphics Programme:

Year 1

The Associate Diploma is a prerequisite for the Diploma but can also be a “standalone” qualification for trainees who do not wish to progress to the Diploma but want to enter the labour market with valuable set of skills, knowledge and competencies at a lower level.

Year 2

The Diploma is more specialized, providing opportunities for trainees to develop and demonstrate skills in specific areas.  Trainees will develop a more in-depth understanding of specialist software techniques.  A substantial proportion of the Diploma deals with developing increased breadth, confidence and maturity as a designer by developing substantial design outputs in the context of proposals and solutions for customers.  Trainees successful in the Diploma should be able to enter the labour market in a design support role.