Adobe Design Applications: Graphic Design

online short course

R10 000.00 R9 500.00


14 weeks

Why an Adobe Graphic Design Course?

With the rise of digital technology, social media and web communication, the need for digital design, image editing and manipulation and digital content creation is greater than ever. The media industries are looking for skills where one can digitally edit images, create content for web and social media and even develop animations. This course is ideal for those who are wanting the technical skill of digital design programs in order to gain access to the industry or even for those who want to get up to speed with the current program versions.


Welcome to Graphic Design online short course: Adobe Design Applications. This course aims to equip you with the fundamental digital skills to successfully use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. This course is perfect for those whose Adobe knowledge is outdated and are wanting to gain current knowledge and skill to keep up with industry demands as well those who are wanting to start up their own businesses and need the technical skill to develop their own marketing material. It is also ideal for those who want the technical skills to be able to design logos, posters and custom illustrations for either artistic output or for advertising purposes.

By the end of this course, you should be proficient in each Adobe program with new found skills to illustrate in Illustrator, to edit and manipulate images in Photoshop and to develop visually pleasing layouts in InDesign.

Subject Expert

Mandy Roberts is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Cape Town. She learnt graphic art and printmaking techniques as a teenager and continues to be fascinated with this form of visual expression. Her playful and innovative design signature combines technical expertise with artistic flair. She has been a teacher in the field of graphic design for number of years and continues to work as a graphic designer and illustrator in the industry. She has worked on numerous large-scale design projects such as the J&B Met and The Standard Bank Jazz Festival.

Tutor Support

With the freedom that online education brings, CityVarsity Online students can upskill in their own time, from almost anywhere on earth. Well, anywhere where the internet is accessible, that is. But although our students may roam far and wide, they are never far out of our minds.

Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience. The Online Academic Tutor, who is assigned to your course, is trained to build each student up to reach their fullest potential. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offer advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.

Course and Technical Requirements

In order to get the full benefit from this course, you require the following:

  • Computer/Laptop/Tablet
  • Stable internet connection
  • Firefox/Microsoft Edge/Chrome web browser (latest version)
  • Adobe Acrobat, or similar PDF viewer
  • Microsoft Word/Pages (ability to export documents as PDF files)
  • Email/Cell phone for notifications and communication
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign

How You Will Learn

  • Online Learning Studio
  • Module Notes
  • Videos
  • External URLs
  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Feedback
  • Forum Discussions
  • Academic Support

This course is presented through an interactive learning platform – our Online Learning Studio. You are encouraged to refer to external URLs for a broader understanding and complete the quizzes in order to test your own grasp of each module. Feedback on your assignments will deepen your learning experience, and your participation in the discussion forum with your fellow students brings the classroom into your space.


Upon successful completion of your course, you will be awarded a CityVarsity Online certificate.

module outline

  • MODULE 0
    Orientation Module
  • MODULE 1
    Adobe Illustrator: Adobe Illustrator interface and layers
  • MODULE 2
    Adobe Illustrator: Objects, transforming and arranging
  • MODULE 3
    Adobe Illustrator: Typography and colour
  • MODULE 4
    Adobe Illustrator: Tips, tricks and exporting
  • MODULE 5
    Adobe InDesign: Adobe InDesign interface and panels
  • MODULE 6
    Adobe InDesign: Importing image assets, managing links, creating type
  • MODULE 7
    Adobe InDesign: Designing to a grid and designing with styles
  • MODULE 8
    Adobe InDesign: Tips, tricks and exporting
  • MODULE 9
    Adobe Photoshop: Adobe Photoshop interface and layers
  • MODULE 10
    Adobe Photoshop: Key tools, transforming, arranging, blending modes
  • MODULE 11
    Adobe Photoshop: Image editing and manipulation
  • MODULE 12
    Adobe Photoshop: Tips, tricks and exporting
  • MODULE 13

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