Institute for Open Learning Graphic Design and Website Development

Institute for Open Learning Graphic Design and Website Development – Namibia

Institute for Open Learning Graphic Design and Website Development


The course let you study where and when you want, there are no classes and registrations throughout the year. Our Graphic Designing course prepare you to become an Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Competition CS 6 (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Indesign & Illustrator) Certification by Adobe is recognized as an industry asset—an immediate way to communicate your knowledge and gain advanced skills.

Graphic design is the creative planning and execution of visual communication. Students will learn to creating a combination of shapes and forms, words and images, in order to reproduce them in some flat medium (two dimensional – paper, cardboard, cloth, plastic, video, computer, or projection screen, on poster, billboard, or other signage) or in a three-dimensional form (fabricated or manufactured) in order to convey information to a targeted audience


Course StartAnytime, Anywhere
Course PrerequisiteBasic Computer Skills for PC/Mac.
Course QualificationAdobe Certified Associate (ACA)
Course Duration2 Year
Course MaterialPrescribed Books
Study ToolMac Book (Optional)


Students can register throughout the year. There is however an interval in June where students attend classes that is self-paced computer based training.


Our graphic and web design course, was designed to be very flexible accommodate possible students from all different environments. The course is offered at a distance and online learning mode with free 3G dongle as a support tool to enhance your studies. Within the student portal the students is able to contact the tutor via email for any assistance needed on topics regarding your course.


The ICDL course is a 3 year certification and students that do not finish all modules within the 3 year period will be terminated. Students can however complete this course within a minimum period of a month.


By studying Graphic Design students will have a wider horizon in the field of art and will

  • Demonstrate artistic growth by executing a variety of images/ text as images, traditional and contemporary techniques that solve complex design problems using creative thinking and analytical skills.
  • Develop and demonstrate their understanding and skillful use of the elements and principles of visual design (1. conceptual element, 2. visual element, 3. relational element & 4. practical or functional element.)
  • Gain skill to use the digital tools as a powerful means of communication for creation, modification & presentation.
  • Study the works of contemporary artists, designers as well as the masters in the field and discuss and enrich their vocabulary of design.
  • Learn ways to apply aesthetic sensibilities into their works and explore ways to balance between formal theories with practical applications.

 Adobe offers four areas in which to gain certification for entry-level skills:

  • Web Communication using Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop
  • ACA in Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator
  • ACA in Print & Digital Media Publication using Adobe InDesign

 Adobe Photoshop CS6 Course Outline

Adobe Photoshop is a multi-purpose application for creating artwork suitable for both screen and print graphics. It is a primarily used for the creation and manipulation of pixel-based images, for instance in editing high detail photographs. Photoshop can be used for practically anything image related, which includes photo manipulation, image retouching and correction, special effects, digital illustrations or the creation of artwork starting with a blank canvas. Its uses extend from altering a facial expression or body shape, to creating a user interface or buttons for the web.

Getting to Know the Work Area • Basic Photo Corrections • Working with Selections • Layer Basics • Correcting and Enhancing Digital Photographs • Masks and Channels • Typographic Design • Vector Drawing Techniques • Advanced Compositing • Editing Video • Painting • Working with 3D Images • Preparing Files for the Web • Producing and Printing Consistent Colour

Adobe InDesign CS6 Course Outline

Learn how to build strong foundations for your page design, explore creative applications for lines and shapes, and discover how to break the rules while maintaining the underlying structure of a page.

  • Introduction to the Workspace • Getting to Know InDesign • Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages • Working with Objects • Flowing Text • Editing Text • Working with Typography • Working with Color • Working with Styles • Importing and Modifying Graphics • Creating Tables • Working with Transparency • Printing and Exporting • Creating Adobe PDF Documents with Form Fields • Exporting for E-Readers • Working with Long Documents
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 Course Outline
  • Customizing Your Workspace • HTML Basics o What Is HTML • CSS Basics o What Is CSS? • Creating a Page Layout
  • • Working with Cascading Style Sheets • Working with Templates • Working with Text, Lists, and Tables o Importing text • Working with Images • Working with Navigation • Adding Interactivity and Mobile applications • Working with Web Animation and Video • Working with Forms o Learning about forms • Working with online data • Building dynamic pages with data • Working with Code
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6 Course Outline

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful and versatile tool for creating illustrations for the print and web. By tapping the power of this vector based program, you can create detailed and scalable art for almost any application.

  • A Quick Tour of Adobe Illustrator CS6 • Getting to Know the Work Area • Selecting and Aligning • Creating and Editing Shapes • Transforming Objects • Drawing with the Pen and Pencil Tools • Color and Painting • Working with Type • Working with Layers • Working with Perspective Drawing • Blending Colors and Shapes • Working with Brushes • Applying Effects • Applying Appearance Attributes and Graphic Styles • Working with Symbols • Combining Illustrator CS6 Graphics with Other Adobe Applications


How to get certified

  • Student is required to complete the online assessment before he/she can sit for the examination
  • Register for the exam with the IOL Testing Center in Windhoek
  • Prepare for and take the exam


The Institute for Open Learning graduation ceremony is held annually in October. All students that have completed the ICDL Start or Core certificates are eligible to attend.



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