graphic design diploma



Here’s your opportunity to achieve that passion you have to become a Graphic Designer.

What is Graphic Design?

Graphic design is a creative discipline that involves combining visual elements, typography, and images to communicate ideas or messages effectively. It is a broad field that encompasses various mediums, including print, digital media, packaging, advertising, and more.

Graphic designers use their artistic and technical skills to create visually appealing and aesthetically pleasing designs that serve a specific purpose.


START DATE: Start Anytime of the Year

DURATION: 6-12 Months


(monthly instalments available – go to the ‘How to Enrol‘ page for more information)



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Primary Goal

Graphic design is to visually communicate information and concepts to a target audience. This will involve creating logos, brochures, posters, websites, user interfaces, advertisements, and other visual materials.

Graphic designers carefully consider factors such as colour theory, composition, typography, imagery, and layout to effectively convey the desired message and evoke the desired emotional response.

They also often work in collaboration with clients or art directors to understand their requirements and objectives. They then use their expertise to develop concepts, create drafts or prototypes, and refine the design based on feedback and iterative processes.

In addition to their artistic abilities, graphic designers also need to be proficient in using various software tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and others to bring their designs to life.

Overall, graphic design plays a vital role in marketing, branding, advertising, and communication by visually representing ideas, products, or services in a visually compelling and engaging manner.

It requires a combination of creativity, technical skills, and an understanding of the target audience to create effective and impactful designs.

Right from the start of this Diploma Course, you will become totally awed and involved in what you have been dreaming of doing.

Each step of the way we will address everything you need to know and become.

We will work on building on your weak areas and extending your strong areas by introducing you to a number of real-life projects and assignments.

These will not only build your skills, knowledge and creativity but will also provide you with a unique portfolio to help you win that job, contract or further career development.

Take that step to changing your career now!

A great course for employers and employees as this course can be completed around work and other commitments. We have had a lot of students in a variety of roles in employment studying this course. Both the employee in terms of skills and knowledge and career development, plus the employer in terms of adding useful skills in the workplace.



There are 6 modules in this Level 2 Graphic Design Diploma Course and each module has been designed to be completed between 1 to 2 months depending on the amount of study time you have available. You can read more about this in the ‘What you will Learn’ section below.


  • The full cost of this course is £600 with no extra costs
  • 25% off your next course for as long as you are studying with us
  • You will be given your own professional one-to-one tutor/design coach
  • Learn by doing and build a creative portfolio
  • You will receive on successful completion a recognised diploma certificate for this level
  • Become part of our creative community
  • All study material will be made available to you on our online campus
  • Your course can be either flexible or a fixed time
  • Customise your studies around your work or other commitments
  • Apply for a NUS Totum Professional Student Card for discounts etc
  • Full Career Guidance


Don’t confuse this course with many out there that just focus on Adobe Software as they don’t teach you how to be a Professional Graphic Designer. Anyone can learn how to use design software online by watching pre-recorded videos, but they don’t learn all of the ins and outs of how professional designers actually work and the real skills they need to succeed.

Many online courses have tried to copy our curriculum and have failed as they don’t offer the recognition, real live one-to-one lessons and cover the skill sets your future employer or clients are looking for. We do!

Level 2

Our Graphic Design level 2 course provides you with all of the skills and knowledge to take your career to another level. As a level 2 course, you will cover a wide range of areas which is the standard within the creative industries.

Yes, you will get support learning Adobe and Affinity Software as well as many other important areas. The following 6 modules are designed to be completed in one to two months depending on the time you have available. It can be flexible or within a fixed time should you have a particular goal. We will work with whatever suits your commitments.

There will be projects in print and digital, along with intermediate areas in packaging, website, UX and environmental graphics included. These will all be done with the support and demonstrations from your course tutor/design coach.

At the end of this course, you will not only receive a recognised award, but you will have produced a valuable portfolio which is what your future employers or clients really want to see.

You will be given an assessment at the start of this course to establish your abilities and skill levels so we are able to build on your strong and weak points throughout the course.

Take a look at the brief descriptions of each module below, but if you need further guidance then just click on the link at the bottom of this page:

MODULE ONE: Introduction to Graphic Design
Here we will look at the Graphic Design Industry, the technology and its environment so that you have a clear understanding of what you will need to address ahead. Software is an important attribute to being a graphic designer, but understanding all of the skills is more important for everything to work for you. You will really enjoy this module as it will open up your world and understanding of Graphic Design before you start to build the skills, knowledge and unique creativity to become that stand out Graphic Designer you have always wanted to be. 
MODULE TWO: The Design Process
This is one of the most important modules of this course. Here you will learn and develop a design process to help you to come up with inspiration and effective solutions for your Projects.
MODULE THREE: Layout Design for Print & Digital
Designing a layout for magazines, brochures, website pages, etc requires a good understanding of Grids, Elements and Visual Hierarchy, so in this module, you will be presented with Projects and Assignments to help you to tackle these areas.
MODULE FOUR: Understanding Design Briefs and Clients
Whoever you are designing for, there will always be a need to understand them and what it is they wish to achieve. Even if you are designing for yourself. This module will provide you with real-life projects and assignments in which you will use what you have covered and developed from Modules 2 & 3. 
MODULE FIVE: Understanding and Creating Corporate Identity
A favourite for many designers, but how do you get it right! This module goes through all of the stages required to design and produce an effective Logo and Corporate ID design. You will have exciting challenges in this module by carrying out some Projects and Assignments for logo designs. 
MODULE SIX: Branding
Understanding branding can and will provide you with a very useful tool that is applied to your design process. Different from Corporate ID and Logo Design, Branding Design involves elements of packaging design and visual communication – you will enjoy this module and the projects that come with it!

There is a final exam for this course which is carried out online through our online campus

How to Enrol

It is so easy to apply and enrol on our courses. Just follow the steps on our 'HOW TO ENROL' page to find out how by clicking on this button.

STEPHANIE FINLAY - Edinburgh, Scotland

I was a complete beginner to Adobe CC, and every module within the course is designed to create and develop your skills. I now have a repertoire of programmes I can use, and I know that if I ever needed any guidance or if I’m looking to begin another diploma I could speak to my course tutor.

DEMI EDMUNDS - Nottingham, England

If I was to highlight any one thing about the school, I’d say, they are very flexible with you but the courses are not to be underestimated. They are not a tick box exercise for you to simply get your piece of paper. The unit’s really challenge you to think differently, create better and ultimately you will learn techniques and work flows that can be applied to your day job, even if you aren’t a designer.


Have a look at our 'Students' page and read some of the journies a selection of our students have taken with their course choices and career moves etc. We have also featured some of our former students to see how they are getting on after finishing their courses.


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