Diploma in Communication Design

The Diploma in Visual Communication design (DCD) is a programme of art and design, which lasts two years. Each academic year is divided into two semesters each of which lasts seventeen weeks, of which the last two weeks are for end of semester examinations and exhibition. The aim of the Diploma in Visual Communication design (DCD) is to allow students who are focusing on creative fashion design aspects to enrich their knowledge and skills in studio practice. The Diploma in Communication Design (DCD) will allow studio-based students in communication design to have more time to pursue visual communication studies on a recognized international structure approach. The programme provides in-depth studio teaching and individual studio experimentations. The teaching of art history is a core course on the DCD programme. This is done in order to give students some insights into selected contemporary world art and design movements, and how they have influenced the growth and development of communication design. Also to note in the DCD programme, is the emphasis to individual studio exploration. Students will spend much time on their own carrying out directed individual studio explorations in order to become individual designers who can use art and design to engage the society into social, economic and political growth and development. DCD programme, will also allow the development of critical thinking towards researching into our disappearing cultures through art and design history, cultural studies and studio research.

Target

It targets A- level school leavers and certificate of Art and design holders, who have done Art after the completion of their O-level, with a desire to pursue a career in Visual Communication Design. At the completion of the course, a candidate is awarded a Diploma in Visual Communication Design.

Courses
YEAR ONE SEMESTER ONEYEAR ONE SEMESTER TWO
Introduction to Drawing
Introduction to Graphic Designing
Introduction to entrepreneurship
Introduction to Design Drawing
Introduction Print making and Illustration
Introduction Photography
History of Art
Information Technology
Exhibition I
Drawing
Graphic publication Design
Entrepreneurship and Business practice I
Design Drawing II
Printmaking
Design Photography
Exhibition II
YEAR TWO SEMESTER ONEYEAR TWO SEMESTER TWO
Intermediate Drawing
Graphic Branding Approaches
Entrepreneurship and Business practice II
Intermediate Design Drawing
Intermediate Design Illustration
Intermediate Photography
Introduction to Art Studio Research Methodology
Exhibition III
Advanced Drawing
Graphic Design Project
Entrepreneurship and Business practice III
Advanced Design Drawing
Advanced Design Illustration
Design Photography Project
Exhibition IV
Art Studio Research (Report)
Exhibition

There shall be an exhibition of practical courses at the end of every semester and will be marked out of 50%. The exhibition shall include a catalog outlining the student’s objectives in each of the elective/core practical courses, artist’s statement, and practical art works. It should also reflect the students’ potential in identifying and selecting works for exhibition from the collection of his/her semester’s work.
Note: The exhibition cuts across all the Diploma programs.

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