Diploma in Media Practices Specialising in Graphic Design

In a rapidly evolving digital and visual age, graphic design and information design have become increasingly important in the world of work. It involves the visual communication of ideas, messages, and information, and encompasses the creation and arrangement of visual elements such as images, typography, and colour to convey a specific message or evoke a desired response.

The Graphic Design major covers graphic design theory & practice, reproduction, print, computer graphics and web design. Alongside other media disciplines, the Graphic Design major will lead you in crafting a comprehensive portfolio that showcases your graphic design and web projects, ensuring your preparedness to embark on a career in the creative industry.

This diploma is offered at Boston Media House Pretoria and Sandton.

Career Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Graphic designer
  • Web designer
  • UX designer
  • Art director
  • Brand identity designer
  • Publication designer

Entry Requirements

A minimum requirement for admission in to the diploma is a:

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English as one of the subjects passed and an endorsement for admission to Diploma study; or
  • National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)), with English as one of the subjects passed and an endorsement for admission to Diploma study; or
  • Prior to 2009, Senior Certificate with English as one of the subjects passed.

Alternative Entry Requirements

A number of higher education qualifications may meet the requirements for admission into the diploma:

  • Certificate programme, NQF Level 5 (OQSF/HEQSF), minimum Credits 12; or
  • Diploma programme, NQF Level 5 (OQSF), minimum credits 240; or
  • Higher Certificate, NQF (HEQSF) Level 5, minimum credits 120; or
  • Advanced Certificate, NQF (HEQSF) Level 6, minimum credits 120; or
  • Diploma. NQF (HEQSF) Level 6, minimum credits 240 or 360; or
  • Equivalent qualification from an international higher education institution, see section on International Applicants

Personality Profile

  • Creative
  • Detail oriented
  • Adaptable
  • Problem solver
  • Open-minded
  • Patient
  • Aesthetic sensibility
  • Academic Literacy 1
  • Advertising 1
  • Creativity
  • Graphic Design Practice 1
  • Graphic Design Process 1
  • Photography
  • Computer Skills (MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Windows, MS Word)
  • Graphic Design Practice 2
  • Graphic Design Process 2
  • Academic Literacy 2
  • Advertising 2
  • Design Thinking
  • Graphic Design Practice 3
  • Graphic Design Process 3
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Experiential Learning
  • Media Law

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Advertising agencies
  • Design agencies
  • Web companies
  • Magazines
  • Printing companies
  • In-house agencies e.g., Coca-Cola, Nike
  • Freelance

Student Portfolio Work

Logo Design:

Poster Design:

Illustration for water bottle labels:

Illustration for a T-shirt:

Vector Can Design:

Calendar poster design:

First year drawing project: