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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.

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.

PCCI 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.

Diploma in Graphic Design Program Overview»

Program Overview

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.

List of Courses Included in the Program»

Program Courses
Core Courses
  • Fundamentals of Digital Imaging and Digital Color
  • Color Management: Get the Colors Right the First Time
  • Adobe Photoshop Beginner to Intermediate
  • Adobe InDesign Beginner to Intermediate
  • Adobe Illustrator Beginner to Intermediate
  • Graphic Design I
  • Introduction to Typography
  • Effective Logo Design
  • Creative Compositing Techniques in Photoshop
  • Digital Illustration and Coloring with Adobe Photoshop (Digital Fine Art)
  • Poster and Banner Making with Photoshop
  • Designing Flyers and Brochures
  • Infographics Design
  • Designing Letterheads & Business Cards
  • Branding, Labels and Product Packaging
  • Environmental Graphics: Product Display
  • Prepress Essentials: Understanding the Digital Production Workflow
  • Prepress Survival Guide Step-by-Step
  • Editorial Design (Magazine, Newsletter, Book Cover)
  • Digital Camera Fundamentals
  • Basic Photography
  • The Secrets of Product Photography
  • How to Price and Deal with Clients
  • Legal Affairs for Photographers, Videographers and Artists
  • Start a Profitable Side Business: Earn Money Doing Something You Love
  • Web Design Fundamentals
  • One (1) of the following web design courses:
  • - Adobe Muse: Website Creation Without Writing a Single Line of Code
    - Creating WOW (Websites on WordPress): The Basics
    - DIY WordPress Website: The Easy & Fast Way Using Divi Theme
TESDA Assessment (Visual Graphic Design NC III)
Final Project: Developing Printed Portfolio

Certificates & Rules on Attendance»


Certificate of Completion: Given at the end of the course, when the student has attended at least 80% of the course duration, completed and submitted the assignments or exercises required in all the courses, and when the course instructor or program director has approved these assignments.

Certificate of Achievement: Awarded once the student completes and submits the approved final project. The final project is the reflection of the student’s accumulated learning from all the courses the student has taken.

National Certificate (Visual Graphic Design NC III): Issued when a candidate has demonstrated competence in all units of competency that comprised the Visual Graphic Design NC III assessment.

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
  1. Duly accomplished and signed PCCI Registration Form
  2. For students 17 years old and below: Signed waiver of parents or guardians allowing the student to join location shoot within and outside Metro Manila.
  3. For photography courses, each student is required to bring his own camera and accessories, one suitable for the subject or field of study.
    For computer-based classes, student will be provided one computer each during the class.

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
Downpayment 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.
Balance payment Can be paid in installments within 4 months from date of enrollment (cash, PDCs or credit card). Payment schedule will be given upon registration.
5% discount on the payable amount for those who’ll pay in full upon registration
Note: Program should be completed within a year from date of first class. 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.
  • Visual Graphic Design NC III assessment fee
  • PCCI T-shirt & drinking mug
How to Pay?

There are several ways to pay:

Direct payment

  • Deliver the payment (cash, check or credit card) to our office. Check is payable to Philippine Center for Creative Imaging, Inc.

Bank deposit

Deposit the payment to

  • any Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) branch, in favor of Philippine Center for Creative Imaging Inc, S/A 1-249-91545-5; or
  • any Banco de Oro (BDO) branch, in favor of Philippine Center for Creative Imaging Inc, S/A 429-0078357.

Registrants from other countries may pay in US dollars. Please see below dollar account details.

  • Payee Name: Philippine Center for Creative Imaging, Inc.
  • Bank Name: Banco De Oro (BDO)
  • Vendor/payee account number: 536-0039680
  • Bank Branch: Makati Cinema Square, Makati City
  • Bank Address: Ground Floor Makati Cinema Square, Pasong Tamo, Makati City
  • Bank Code: BNORPHMM
  • Bank Branch Code: 429

Then email (or fax) us the copy of the deposit slip / payment transfer slip with your name and course(s) written legibly on it.

  • Email address: info@pcci.com.ph
  • Fax number: +63 (2) 892-5281


Online payment via PayPal. (Please click here)

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 student can skip one and take another within a given period; then take the skipped class at another time. Student just need to finish the courses and projects within a year from date of enrollment.

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

Class hours vary but 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. PCCI is open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm in case the student want to use the PCCI's facility. However, students need to inform PCCI beforehand to make sure that there are available computers and someone to assist them.

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 50% 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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