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Do you have a keen eye for detail and are you looking for a career that lets you channel your creativity? Take the next step in your professional development with our graphic design and desktop publishing courses.

Offering you a flexible way to enhance your skills, our online graphic design courses will give you the skill set you need to thrive in this dynamic and expanding profession.

Explore our course breakdown below or enroll now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enroll in our graphic design and desktop publishing courses, you will complete the following units of study:

    1Foundation & Theory
    • Colour Theory
    • History of computer graphics
    • Resolution
    • Introduction to Postscript
    • Bit Depth and File Size
    2Tools and Workplace
    • Computer Hardware
    • graphics Software
    • File Formats
    • Setting Up a Studio
    • Choosing the Right Tools
    3Raw Materials
    • Graphics Tablet
    • Choosing a Scanner
    • Scan Basics
    • Descreen & Black/white Point
    • Digital Camera Basics
    • Royalty-Free Photography
    4Printing and Prepress
    • Printer Troubleshooting
    • Remote Printing
    • Prepress
    • Linking and Embedding
    • Digital Print
    • Portable Document Format
    5Digital Illustration
    • Bezier Curves
    • Objects and Grouping
    • Vector Basics
    • Bitmap Basics
    • Selections and Masks
    • Filters
    • Pixel Painting
    • Rasterising and Clipping Paths
    6Advanced Digital Illustration
    • Photographic Manipulation
    • Montage
    • Combining Pixel with Paths
    • Perspective and Shadows
    • Getting Creative
    • Text as a Graphics
    • Realism
    7Design and Typography
    • What is Design?
    • Legibility
    • Appropriateness
    • Professional Habits
    • Branding Typefaces and Fonts
    • Serif and Sanserif
    • Typographic Rules
    8Desktop Publishing
    • Page Layout
    • The Brief
    • Grads and Margins
    • Master Pages
    • Paragraphs and Text Styles
    • Graphics with Text
    • Order of Layout Pages
    • Copy fitting
    9Web Design
    • Web Graphics
    • Internet File Formats
    • Webpage Layout
    • HTML
    • Functionality
    • Web Design Software
    • Cascading Style Sheets
    • Navigation
    • Hyperlinks
    10Marketing and Design
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Salesmanship
    • The Designers Responsibility
    • Internet Marketing
    • Brand Advertising
    • Search Engines
    • Target Marketing
  • How Will You Benefit?


    There are many benefits associated with studying our graphic design courses online. For example, you will:

    • Expedite your career in graphic design and desktop publishing
    • Study a course that has been designed in collaboration with senior professionals in the graphics industry
    • Set your own timetable for completing the learning programme
    • Have access to a qualified personal tutor who will provide advice and support
    • Save money by not having to attend a graphic design course in person
    • Secure a 10% reduction in your course fee by paying upfront, or opt for our interest-free weekly payment plan.

    Experience the benefits for yourself by enrolling in our graphic design course today!

  • Career Prospects

    This industry offers many diverse and rewarding career opportunities. For example, you can work as a desktop publisher or graphic designer, and you can choose whether to seek employment in an organization such as a print or digital design house or become self-employed and work as a freelancer designer. The choice is yours.

    There is strong demand for skills in this profession, so you can look forward to a favourable jobs market. And with graphic design skills being needed by businesses and other organizations around the world, training in this profession can also give you the opportunity to travel if you wish.

  • Course Levels Explained


    Our graphic design and desktop publishing course leads to the awarding of an Executive Diploma. This qualification recognizes the graduate’s capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into our graphic design and desktop publishing course.

    As long as you are imaginative, have an understanding of colour and form and enjoy working with computers, this training programme could be ideal for you.

  • Course Length

    Students typically complete their studies within:

    Diploma Level31 weeks

    You choose the pace you work at. There are no set assignment deadlines, so you can fit your design training around your commitments, including work and family.

    If you want to graduate quickly, you can fast track your studies and finish within a matter of months. Or perhaps you would prefer to take your time. We allow up to three years to complete our graphic design and desktop publishing course.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    This course takes place entirely online via distance learning (also called correspondence learning). This means there’s no need for you to spend time and money travelling to attend in-person classes. Simply work through the material at a time and place that suits you, wherever you are based in the world. You’ll always have access to your own personal tutor, who will answer your questions and offer advice.

    Our graphic design course is highly practical and engaging, so you won’t struggle to maintain focus throughout the development programme.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    Our online graphic design and desktop publishing course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC).

    As with all of our courses, it goes far beyond theory. Written and delivered by professionals in the design industry, it provides you with crucial practical insights and skills that you can put to direct use in your career.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Already working in the design industry? This course is the right choice for you. It will help you to build on and update your existing knowledge and skills, making it easier to secure promotions and higher levels of pay. It is one of the practical ways to advance your career and it can give you renewed confidence in your work too.

    You can claim the fees for this design course as long as the training is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our graphic design and desktop publishing course are included in the course fee. Once you enroll, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all of your course and career questions and provide guidance.

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:what-do-iget-img2

    • A graduation certificate officially recognising your completion of studies and qualifications
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (for example: John Smith, EDipGDP)

    Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme.

  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 6th October 2023 is the next enrollment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrollment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enroll today!

Course Investment & Payment Plans

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How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enroll Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career in graphic design – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enroll, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrollment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrollment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enroll in a program, simply complete the online enrollment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrollment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrollment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.