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Diploma in Graphic Design

Diploma Programs

For almost 20 years, the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI), has been the leader in providing seminars, workshops and training courses for digital creatives, developers and photographers.

What are the diploma programs?

Diploma programs allow you to take many PCCI training courses that correspond to your chosen field, plus some elements, such as special classes and projects unique to diploma program takers.

Diploma vs Degree Program »

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. Degree programs, such as Bachelor of Arts / Science, typically take four years. A diploma program takes less time to complete, less than a year.

2. The courses required to graduate. A degree program includes general education subjects such as English, Math, Philosophy, History, Biology. Courses in a diploma program immediately focus 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.

About the Program »

About the Diploma in Graphic Design 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.

Program Courses »

Program Courses
Core Courses
Graphic Design Software Applications (Level 1)
  • Digital Imaging and Color Management Fundamentals
  • Adobe Photoshop Beginner to Intermediate
  • Adobe InDesign Beginner to Intermediate
  • Adobe Illustrator Beginner to Intermediate
Graphic Design Software Applications (Level 2)
  • Adobe Photoshop Advanced Tools and Techniques
  • Adobe InDesign Advanced Tools and Techniques
  • Adobe Illustrator Advanced Tools and Techniques
Image Editing and Compositing
  • Portrait Retouching with Adobe Photoshop
  • Creative Compositing Techniques in Photoshop
  • Photo Editing & Management with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Digital Fine Art
Desktop Publishing
  • Graphic Design I
  • Introduction to Typography
  • Graphic Design II
  • Prepress Essentials: Understanding the Digital Production Workflow
  • Prepress Survival Guide Step-by-Step
  • Editorial Design (Magazine, Newsletters, Books)
Corporate Identity Design
  • Effective Logo Design
  • Designing Letterheads & Business Cards
  • Branding, Labels and Product Packaging
Marketing and Corporate Collaterals Design
  • Poster and Banner Making with Photoshop
  • Designing Flyers and Brochures
  • Infographics Design
Photography Essentials for Graphic Designers
  • Digital Camera Fundamentals
  • Basic Photography
  • Studio Portrait 101: Extraordinary Portraits of Ordinary People
  • The Secrets of Product Photography
General Courses
  • Web Design Fundamentals
  • Adobe Muse: Website Creation Without Writing a Single Line of Code
  • Start a Profitable Side Business: Earn Money Doing Something You Love
  • Blogging and Facebook Marketing 101: Build and Grow Your Personal Brand or Business
  • Creating WOW (Websites on WordPress): The Basics
  • Legal Affairs for Photographers, Videographers and Artists
TESDA Assessment - Visual Graphic Design NC III Developing Printed Portfolio

Certificate »


A student is awarded individual Certificate of Completion for each course within the program. Awarding of the certificate requires the completion of the class project/exercises.

The final list of project is the equivalent of a final thesis project in a college course/degree. When the student complete the final project, 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 »

Program Benefits

Certificate of Achievement – Armed with the PCCI Certificate of Achievement, the participant would have surely gained a decisive edge in the job market.

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

Moreover, you can learn faster and more effectively with our intensive hands-on format, as well as the creative training techniques which our instructors have use to train thousands of creatives and photographers for nearly 20 years.

Career Opportunities: What can I do after completing the program? Where can I work? - The diploma programs comprise the necessary courses (others may be added or changed over the years) that will prepare you for a career in your chosen field, whether in a corporate setting or as a freelance artist.

Among the areas or companies that the graphic design program prepares you for are advertising (advertising agency or marketing and advertising department), graphic design studios, printing and publishing (books and magazines), print-on-demand (short-run digital printing), wide-format digital printing (banners to billboards), and newspaper art department.

What is important, whether you are planning to go freelance or seek employment, is to prepare and update regularly a portfolio to show prospective employees or clients. Choose your best work, and make your presentation in three minutes, five max (short video or 10 to 12 printed works). 

Satisfaction Guaranteed - Those seeking to reinforce their newly acquired skills, as well as those unable to master all the skills and techniques the first time, can take advantage of FREE lifetime refreshers of the same courses, as long as the course is being offered.

Admission Requirements »

Admission Requirements
  • PCCI Registration Form
  • At least 15 years old
  • For photography courses, each student is required to bring his own camera, one suitable for the subject or field of study.

Note: The personal computers are not a prerequisite to availing of the programs. All students will be provided 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.

Rules on Attendance »

Rules on Attendance

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

Payment Terms & Conditions »

Payment Terms & Conditions

- Thirty percent (30%) downpayment is required upon registration (cash, check or credit card).

- Downpayment is not refundable but transferable to other people or schedule, as long as the original registrant has not taken yet any of the course under the program.

- The balance can be paid in installments within 4 months from date of enrollment (cash, PDCs or credit card). Payment schedule will be given upon registration.

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

Important note: Program should be completed within a year from date of enrollment. That is, if you enroll in any of the Diploma program in January, you have until January next year to finish the program. Otherwise all payments shall be forfeited or considered used.

Fee Inclusions
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Course materials (writing materials, handout/manual/book/references)
  • Transportation cost for location shoot that are part of some photography courses
  • Use of lab 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 that you have not mastered the first time.
  • TESDA assessment fees (Visual Graphic Design NC III)
  • Portfolio case. Printing of portfolio files are not included.
  • PCCI T-shirt
  • PCCI drinking mug

Classes Schedule »

Classes Schedule

The diploma programs are ongoing programs throughout the year. The courses under the program are repeated every month or every other month, so you can skip one and take another within a given period; then take the skipped class at another time. You just need to finish the courses and projects within a year from date of enrollment.

We propose schedule upon registration. However, you can also attend the classes according to your availability, following the posted calendar of classes. Availability is on first-come, first-serve basis. The only requirement is that you take the basic or introductory classes ahead of the others.

Class hours are generally from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

To request for complete program details and updated program calendar, please EMAIL:

Note: Vacant days can be used as your practice days and days for creating files for the portfolio. The center is open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm in case you want to do it here. However, you need to inform us beforehand to make sure that there are available computers and someone to assist you.

Disclaimer: PCCI reserves the right to change, amend or modify program policies and guidelines, schedule and details at any time without notice. Current enrollees, however, will be promptly notified of any such changes.


  • To request for complete program details and updated program calendar, please EMAIL:


9 AM to 5 PM


PhP 98,000 (USD 2,450)

Program fee is 60% cheaper than taking each course separately.

Includes materials, lunch and snacks.

Be sure to read the Registration Info before registering.

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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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