Diploma in Visual Media & Desktop Publishing (Level 6)

Visual Media

Why consider a Diploma in Visual Media & Desktop Publishing?

This course takes a step-by-step approach to learning specific software packages which will allow the student to design and produce graphics, which include logo design and art work, building web sites, laying out magazines, brochures and coffee table books, as well as create Animations. A final web based portfolio will be produced at the end of the course will contain all the relevant work produced during the course, which will attest to the development and progress of the student.

This course encourages students to learn about professional design technologies and demonstrate a firm and all-round understanding of design and usability principles.


About the course

VECTOR ILLUSTRATION BASED ON ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
Adobe Illustrator is the industry-standard illustration programme for print, multimedia, and online graphics. Whether you are a designer or a technical illustrator producing artwork for print publishing, an artist producing multimedia graphics, or a creator of web pages or online content, the Adobe Illustrator program offers you the tools you need to get professional quality results.

Adobe Illustrator software is the definitive solution for professional web vector graphics and artwork creation. You can use Illustrator to create and edit graphics and optimize images in a professional environment and the software is a comprehensive vector graphics environment with new transparency in gradients and multiple art boards that invite you to explore more efficient ways to design.

Illustrator integrates with other Adobe products such as Dreamweaver, Animate, and Fireworks software, as well as HTML editors, to provide a truly integrated web solution. You can easily export Illustrator graphics to other Adobe authoring applications, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, or directly export a sliced image to HTML.

RASTER DESIGN BASED ON ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
Adobe Photoshop software is the definitive solution for professional web photo editing and artwork creation. You can use Photoshop to create and edit photos and graphics and optimize images in a professional environment.

Photoshop integrates with other Adobe products such as Dreamweaver, Animate, and Fireworks software, as well as HTML editors, to provide a truly integrated web solution. You can easily export Photoshop graphics to other Adobe authoring applications, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, or directly export a sliced image to HTML.

DOCUMENT LAYOUT & DESIGN BASED ON ADOBE IN DESIGN
In the publishing world, your business depends on efficiency, compelling content, competitiveness through design, and high-quality output. With scalable solutions for any design or editorial workflow, the Adobe InDesign family is your foundation for dynamic publishing — in both print and digital media.

Adobe InDesign software breaks down the barriers between online and offline publishing. Create compelling print layouts, immersive content for playback in the Adobe Flash Player runtime, and interactive PDF documents.

2D ANIMATION BASED ON ADOBE ANIMATE
Animate is a multimedia platform used to add animation, video, and interactivity to web pages. Frequently used for advertisements, games and animations (using mathematical equations to ensure they scale correctly based on monitor size and sound) for broadcasting.

Animate manipulates vector and raster graphics to provide animation of text, drawings, and still images. It supports bidirectional streaming of audio and video, and it can capture user input via the mouse, keyboard, microphone, and camera.

There isn't much that Animate can't do. It can create fancy introductions, navigation buttons, banners, slideshows, moving text, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Animate is the fastest and easiest way to make complex text and image effects with just a few clicks of your mouse.

WEBSITE DESIGN BASED ON ADOBE DREAMWEAVER
Dreamweaver is the best programme for creating web pages and websites. It's accessible to novices, but includes powerful features for experts. Many professional web designers use it. Creating accessible web pages has never been more important than today.

Adobe Dreamweaver software provides the most complete set of tools available for building, editing, and maintaining accessible websites and web applications. It offers support for users of assistive technologies, as well as for individuals seeking to create accessible web content and web applications. Dreamweaver makes it easy for designers and developers to understand and comply with accessibility standards, with features that include a reference guide, templates, code snippets, and built-in accessibility validation tools.

It also includes features designed to handle some of the most complex accessibility issues, such as the creation of accessible forms and data tables.

Dreamweaver’s many icon-driven menus and detailed panels make it easy to insert and format text, images, and media (such as video files and animations). This means that you can create great-looking and functional web pages without knowing a single line of code—Dreamweaver takes care of building the code behind the scenes for you. Dreamweaver does not create graphics from scratch; instead, it is fully integrated with Adobe Photoshop, so you can import and adjust graphics from within the application.


Key Topics that will be covered

  • ILLUSTRATOR
    Working with Illustrator Documents, Understanding Drawing and Painting Techniques, Creating Objects, Graphs and Symbols, Working with Type, Working with Graphic Styles and Effects, Creating 3-D in Illustrator, Creating Web Graphics
  • PHOTOSHOP
  • Understanding Colours, Histograms, Levels, and Curves, Using Bridge to Organize and Process Photos, Processing Photos in the Camera Raw Workspace, Painting and Brushes, Working with Paths and Vector Shapes, Working with Text, Creating and Manipulating 3D Objects, Video Editing Basics within Photoshop, Animation
  • INDESIGN Creating, Opening, and Saving Documents, Creating Layout Standards, Orchestrating Objects, Importing Graphics, Drawing Free-form Shapes and Curved Paths, Using Automatic and Custom Text, Creating Multi-document Projects, Using Interactive Media and Creating PDF Documents, Using Animation and Creating Animation
  • ANIMATE
    Understanding the Adobe Animate Blueprint, Planning Animation Projects, Drawing in Animate, Working with Text, Timeline Animation and the Motion Editor, adding sound, importing artwork, Building Timelines and Interactions, Publishing animations, Integrating animation Content with Web Pages
  • DREAMWEAVER
    Setting Up Sites and Servers, Building Style Sheet Web Pages, working with text, inserting images, Working with Divs and AP Elements, Interactive forms, Using Frames and Framesets, Working with JavaScript Frameworks, Establishing Connections and Record sets, Crafting Multi-Page Applications, Using Web Content Management Systems, Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks, and Bridge Integration, Inserting animation Elements, Adding Video to Your Web Pages

Why should you attend?

Any student who is currently working for, or who would like to work in the following arenas:

• Art Direction • Advertising Agency • Amateur Photography • Artist • Design Blogger • Design Studio • Desktop Publishing • Digital Publishing • Documentaries and Storytelling • Educational Institutions and Libraries • Exhibits and Display • Freelance Work • Graphic Designer • Magazine & Print Production • Marketing Firms • Media & Brand Promoter • Photograph Editing • Photograph Retouching • Professional Photography • Printing and Typesetting • Professional Photography • Publishing • Social Media Officer • Web Designing • Web Developing


Prerequisites

  • Grade 12 Certificate (pass) with a minimum of 23 points (all subjects included)
  • Portfolio Submission
  • Proficient written and spoken English
  • Entry interview with Student Councillor & Head of the Technical Department
  • Written Entry Assessment
  • It is mandatory that the student is computer literate BEFORE enrolling for this course