Which is more important to me now, Certificate of portfolio?

PIxels Level II is designed with portfolio development at its core. This is key, because when trying to break into the field of graphic design, having a solid portfolio is crucial for entry in tertiary education and essential for landing jobs and prospects clients. When employing a junior designer, most employers would initially look at an applicant's portfolio to see the quality of their work. If their portfolio was poor, it is unlikely they would ask that person in for an interview regardless of their academic achievements.

Are there any pre-requisites?
    Introduction in Graphic Design
  • 15 years and over
  • Computer literate
  • Be able to develop ideas
    Foundation in Graphic Design
  • 15 years and over
  • Completed Introduction Certificate in Graphic Design
  • Completed YTEPP Graphic Design Level II
  • Have relevant work experience within the industry
  • Have a portfolio showing evidence of design
Am I guaranteed a job once I have completed the course?

As much as we would like to, unfortunately we are not able to guarantee such, but what we can say is; if you apply yourself throughout the course, listen to the advice of the lecturers and build strong relationships during your time here you will leave with the best chance of finding work afterwards.

What is the CVQ

The Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) is an award that represents achievement of a set of competencies which define core work practices of an occupational area, consistent with the levels articulated within the regional qualification framework.. To earn an award, candidates must demonstrate competence in reaching CARICOM approved occupational standards developed by practitioners and employers (i.e. the industry experts). These standards are organized in units. Candidates may earn unit awards towards achieving a complete CVQ

Some benefits of the CVQs are listed below:
Entry requirements are as for the level one program are as followed:
  • It provides an alternative route to further/higher edudcation
  • It has parallel standing with academic qualifications at seam level.
  • Recongnised and portable qualification in Caricom and the rest of the world.
  • The qualification ensures that you can perform in the workplace.
  • Your past work experience and skills will count towards the CVQ.
  • Trainees can achieve unit awards based on the modules that they are competent in.
  • You can stop and then complete it at a time and center that best suits you.

Who awards the CVQ?
The National Training Agency (NTA) is the certifying body who awards the CVQ.

How do I earn an award?
To earn an award, candidates must demonstrate competence in reaching CARICOM approved occupational standards. These standards are organized in units.

What are units?
Units are activities that define a standard. Trainees may earn individual unit awards through the successful demonstration of the competence achieved. A complete CVQ will be issued when all the units for a course are awarded.

Can I fail the CVQ?
No, when assessed trainees will either be deemed "competent" or "not yet competent". If a trainee is not yet competent, he/she can be assessed as many times as possible to prove competence in the occupational area.

Who conducts the assessment?
Trainees working towards a CVQ will be assessed by a certified Assessor (Tutor)..

What will I learn from this course?

This courses provides you with a solid foundation about what Graphic Design is. The core aim of the courses teach you about how to design and use a process which will allow you to take a brief from concept to final development.

Students learn the language of design and focuses on them building a strong foundation in the theory and application of design processes. They acquire the core knowledge and understanding in the generation of conceptual visions, allowing them to gain valuable insights into the application and use of the Design Process, Elements and Principles of Design, Typography, Layout Techniques and Colour usage.

Along the way you will apply skills and knowledge of creative software to assist in the outcome of your product.

I'm not very good at drawing. Does this matter?

To be a graphic designer you don't necessarily have to be a good artist in the traditional sense. During the course you will need to do some rough sketches (thumbnails) in order to develop your concept before you start working on the computer but your drawing ability will not be scrutinised.

How much does the course cost?

  • $16 500.00 - Tution Fee
  • $10 500.00 - Non-tution Fee
Can I get any assistance with the fees?

    Yes! Yes you can

    Foundation Graphic Design course
  • Tuition fee is paid through GATE
  • Non-tution can be paid with a one off payment on start of the course. Or interest free structured or personal payment plans.

  • Pixteen Sponsorship
  • 15 - 19 years old are eligible for Pixteen Sponsorship. Please check out our Pixteen page for more details.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications are taken on a first come first served basis. If you are wanting to enrol it is best to get your application in as early as possible. There may sometimes be availability a couple days before a course starts but usually courses fill a month or so in advance so get in quick. We can't enrol you without a completed application form or the deposit. If you wish to go on a waiting list please email us stating the course. You will also need to include a contact number.

Please note that being on the waiting list does not guarantee you a place on the course but means that if you have missed out but someone cancels or transfers, you may still be able to enrol.