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Course Information and Fees



AdvDip: (advanced diploma)

The Advanced Diploma in Visual Communication Design will harness the skills and knowledge of the Diploma by applying these to the development of a specialised body of work that addresses a particular visual communication design challenge. In this course students deepen their understanding of the visual communication design profession through the innovative application of technology and an understanding of economic and social issues within the following fields; brand strategy and development, integrated advertising campaigns, design for social and sustainability awareness, user-experience design and the sub-fields of image generation.

The course has five integrated subjects that, together, form a research-based and exploratory approach in the first semester through to the development of the specialised body of work in the second semester.

Career Information

Students who have completed a Diploma in Visual Communication or Graphic Design will find this course useful as they prepare themselves for entry into the creative industry, or as a stepping stone towards the Postgraduate Diploma leading to the Masters programme. An Advanced Diploma student will have developed a portfolio of work that shows real value in their ability to conduct research into a local context, and to apply this within an integrated campaign that communicates on an issue of social and economic relevance.

The kinds of positions a graduate could hold in industry fall into the following areas: Graphic Design, Advertising & Branding, Publication Design, Web Design, Animation, Illustration, and Photography

Career Opportunities

The main fields of employment are advertising agencies, design studios, printing and publishing houses. Employment opportunities also exist in state-supported institutions such as museums, library services and medical institutions.

After gaining practical experience, a graphic designer may decide to become self-employed as a freelance designer. Areas of specialisation include digital design, illustration, packaging, corporate identity and photography.

Admission requirements


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Syllabus and fees

Fourth Year

640 ZAR
Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time / One year

Offering Type and Duration
Part-Time / Two years

Course is offered on District Six Campus.

For any queries get in touch with:

Contact: Popi Makubalo
Telephone: 021 460 3296
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NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2021 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.



This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.