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Diploma in Graphic Design

About the Program

This program equips you with the essential tools for a career as a graphic artist producing corporate and marketing communication materials for print and Web. Besides beginner and advanced classes in leading graphics software, namely Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and CorelDRAW, the program covers the elements and theories of good design as applied to brochures, magazines, books, posters, packaging, branding, corporate identity and Web pages. Also included are classes in basic photography, portrait photography and product photography.

At the end of the program, participant should be able to do the following:

  • Utilize other design building blocks, including typography, graphics, and color.
  • Describe the typical workflow of a design project, including how to get ideas and write a design brief.
  • Describe the differences between images prepared for print, multimedia, and web use.
  • Complete design projects including logos and promotional materials.

Number of training days: 78 days including portfolio building (more than 600 hours)

Diploma vs Degree Program

Diploma programs are not equivalent to degree programs. The differences between diploma programs and degree programs are:

1. The time it takes to complete the program. A diploma program takes less time to complete, less than a year. Degree programs, such as bachelor of arts or science, typically take two to four years.

2. The courses required to graduate. A degree program includes general education courses such as english, math, philosophy, history, biology. Courses in a diploma program are focused only on the subjects specific to the field of study; for example, photography or graphic arts.

3. The places of study. Degree programs are taken at universities and colleges. Diploma programs are awarded by technical schools or centers.

Program Courses
Core Courses Core Courses
Graphic Design Software Applications (Level 1) Corporate Identity Design
Digital Imaging and Color Management Fundamentals Effective Logo Design
Adobe Photoshop Beginner to Intermediate Designing Letterheads & Business Cards
Adobe InDesign Beginner to Intermediate Branding, Labels and Product Packaging
Adobe Illustrator Beginner to Intermediate Marketing and Corporate Collaterals Design
CorelDRAW Basics Poster and Banner Making with Photoshop
Graphic Design Software Applications (Level 2) Designing Flyers and Brochures
Adobe Photoshop Advanced Tools and Techniques Infographics Design
Adobe InDesign Advanced Tools and Techniques Photography Essentials for Graphic Designers
Adobe Illustrator Advanced Tools and Techniques Digital Camera Fundamentals
Image Editing and Compositing Basic Photography
Portrait Retouching with Adobe Photoshop Studio Portrait 101
Creative Compositing Techniques in Photoshop The Secrets of Product Photography
Photo Editing & Management with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Web Design Essentials for Graphic Designers
Digital Fine Art Web Design Fundamentals
Desktop Publishing Website Creation with Adobe Muse
Introduction to Typography General Courses
Introduction to Graphic Design Introduction to Computers & Applications
Advanced Graphic Design Business Ethics, Organization and Communication
Adobe Acrobat: PDF Essentials Intellectual Property Rights
Prepress Essentials: Understanding the Digital Production Workflow Developing Printed Portfolio
Prepress Survival Guide Step-by-Step Developing a Portfolio Website
Editorial Design (Magazine, Newsletters, Books) TESDA Assessment for National Certificate

A student is awarded individual certificates for each course within the program. Awarding of the certificate requires the completion of the class project to the satisfaction of the course instructor. If a student fails to submit a class project satisfactory to the instructor, the student may submit individual class projects at any time during the program to receive the Certificate of Completion. When the student completes all portfolio projects of each course, the student will be awarded the Program Certificate of Achievement.

Note: Once the program is completed, students can apply for an assessment to receive a TESDA Visual Graphic National Certificate III (NC III).

Program Benefits

Certificate of Achievement – Upon conclusion of the program, the participant will receive a Certificate of Achievement, and will be eligible for an assessment by TESDA. Passing the TESDA assessment will earn the participant the Visual Graphic Design National Certificate III (NC III).

Market Competitiveness – Armed with the PCCI Certificate of Achievement and TESDA NC III Certificate, the participant will be more competitive in the job market.

Great Savings – Save money and precious time because the program is designed to be completed in only few months and you save up to 60% in course fees (compared to attending each course separately).

Moreover, you can learn faster and more effectively with our intensive hands-on format and creative training techniques.

Career Opportunities - PCCI has numerous affiliations among partner companies to send eligible students for OJT (if unemployed) where majoritly of these companies hire them immediately after completion of the program. Employed applicants completing this program stand to gain a greater chance of promotion.

Satisfaction Guaranteed - Those unable to master all the skills and techniques for the first time can take advantage of the FREE lifetime unlimited refreshers or retakes of the same course.

Admission Requirements
  • PCCI accomplished Registration Form
  • Must be 15 years old and above
  • For photography courses, each student is required to bring his own camera, one suitable for the subject or field of study. In extreme cases, and only after careful consideration by PCCI, the Center may coordinate with suppliers for a loaner camera for a student who does not have access to one, which will depend on availability and willingness of suppliers.

Note: The personal computers are not prerequisite to availing of the programs. All students will be provided by one computer each during the class, in case of computer-based programs. Students without the resource equipment can take advantage of open lab hours to perform assignments, practice lessons, and prepare their student portfolios or student project at the end of their program.

Classes Schedule

Registrant can choose their own schedule based on the posted calendar. However, availability is on first-come, first served basis. Class hours is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visit this link to see the Course Calendar.

Number of training days: 78 days including portfolio building (more than 600 hours)

Rules on Attendance

The student must not have missed more than 20% of the module duration. Certificate of Attendace or Completion are awarded based on the assessment of the instructor and attendance of at least 80% of the module duration.

Program Fee and Payment Terms & Conditions

85,000 inclusive of VAT. Program fee is 60% cheaper than taking each course separately.

Thirty percent (30%) downpayment is required upon registration (cash, check or credit card). The balance can be paid in installments (cash, PDC's or credit card). Payment schedule will be given upon registration. Downpayment is not refundable but transferable to other people or schedule.

Important note: Program should be completed before December 15, 2017 only. Otherwise all payments shall be forfeited or considered used.

Discount: Additional 5% off on the payable amount for those who’ll pay in full upon registration.

Payment Schedule (₱85,000)
downpayment Upon registration. Availability of slot is on first-come, first served basis. ₱25,500
2nd payment Within March 2017 ₱20,000
3rd payment Within April 2017 ₱20,000
full payment Within May 2017 ₱19,500
If full payment upon registration (less 5%) ₱80,750
Fee Inclusions
  • Includes lunch and snacks
  • Course materials (writing materials, handout/manual/book/references).
  • Transportation for location shoot required for some photography courses.
  • Use of available computers to work on class assignments, practice lessons, and prepare their student portfolios or student projects.
  • Free lifetime refreshers or retake of the same course if you do not master all the skills and techniques the first time.
  • TESDA assessment fees
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85,000 (USD 1,900). Program fee is 60% cheaper than taking each course separately.

Includes materials, lunch and snacks.

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Note: Your seat is not confirmed until we receive a 50 percent down payment.

Course Date(s)

Deposit payment at your nearest Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) branch, in the name of Philippine Center for Creative Imaging, S/A 1-249-91545-5. Fax deposit slip to 892-5281 with your name and class details. Surrender deposit slip on first day of class to get official receipt.

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