Everything you need to know about the
Afternoon or evening
28 Week Course
2 Classes per week
56 Classes in total
Available live or
Alyse studied art history and fine art at Princeton University, where she obtained her BA in Art and Design. After working in the field of graphic design for a short while and beginning her teaching career as a graphic design seminar instructor, she continued her studies in the Masters’ program in graphic design at Savannah College of Art and Design. Alyse currently enjoys freelancing as a graphic designer, teaching graphic design, painting and caring for her own four children.
What level of training do I need to have before I start this course?
You don’t need to have any experience as a graphic designer, but you DO need to be comfortable with the 3 Adobe programs (Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign).
Many students take our Computer Graphics course or Fastrack Computer Graphics courses to learn the Adobe programs before taking Graphic Design.
What will I learn in this course?
This course will teach you the graphic-designer’s creative process, from concept development through layout and printing.
The project-based assignments you will work through will help you get personalized guidance from the experts so you can be confident in your skills.
Composition, Color Theory and Typography
Hand-Sketching, Textures and Idea Development
Logo Design, Book covers, Advertising
Magazine Layout, Branding, Menu design, Packaging and Brochure design
(Optional) Preparation for Print course
How long should I expect to be working on the course each week?
Between the lessons and homework assignments, expect to spend 10-15 hours weekly.
How is this course different in a self-paced or fast-track format?
The self-paced option is almost the same as the live course except you get a deadline of 18 months to complete the course. Click here for more information.The Fast-Track option (self-paced only) is taught at a faster pace, has less hours and is less comprehensive than the full course. For example, the portfolio consists of 3-4 design projects instead of 8+. There is a time limit of 9 months to complete the fast-track course. More info about Fast-Track courses here.
What will I walk away with?
When you finish the course, you will have a thorough understanding of modern design and all it’s different applications, typography and layout skills. You’ll have the confidence and skill necessary to work as a designer independently or for others.
You will also have a widely recognised Diploma from Design Alive and a highly impressive portfolio of projects to show to prospective employers. This course is accredited by the NCCRS for 12 credits.
Ready to get professional?
What are my employment opportunities after the course?
Average starting wage: $27/hr
Employment opportunities for talented graphic designers are widely available.
Be a freelancer and build your own business
Work ‘in-house’ as the designer for a specific company
Work as a graphic designer in a print shop or graphic design firm
Work in the publishing field for newspapers or magazines
Be part of the team at a marketing or advertising agency.
Some places our graduates are happily working at:
Ready to get professional?
I took the graphic design and portfolio with Alyse Bayles. everything was so clear and enjoyable!! she really helped me develop my personal style and broaden my scope of design!! I cant thank design alive and Alyse Bayles enough for everything!!
I wanted to thank you for all your help and teaching. I recently got a job as a graphic designer at Lubicom Marketing. They pretty much hired me based on my portfolio (I had no experience), so thank you. I’m BH really loving my job.
I had an amazing experience taking Graphic Design with Alyse Bayles. Everything was presented clearly, the projects were exciting and varied and we had plenty of support along the way. Thank you!
The graphic design course was unbelievable!! It totally exceeded my expectations! I used to flip through Design Alive portfolios online and think “wow I wish I could create these cool designs!”.And now I can:) Thank you!!!!