Certificate in Graphic Design

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The Certificate in Graphic Design will develop students’ basic skills in the latest technologies, while building a foundation in design. Students will learn the elementary theories of layout, type, colour and illustration, and become proficient in the use of electronic technologies for graphic communications. The 15 credits attained in the certificate can be transferred into the AAS and BA Graphic Design degrees.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Minimum entry into the certificate is three (3) CSEC passes with Grades I, II, (and III after 1998); English A must be one of them.

Mature Entry: Applicants over 25, with a minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience are also considered for admission. Such candidates must submit detailed curriculum vitae and a portfolio of their work with the application form.  The Department may also conduct interviews to determine the candidate’s readiness to pursue the certificate programme. Students using this option for entry can pursue the award of credit for experiential/workplace learning by accessing the College’s Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Services (PLAR). They will be awarded PLA credits where applicable.

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DURATION
1 Year (FT or PT)

CAMPUS/ DELIVERY MODE
ONLINE

SEPTEMBER
Open

COURSES IN THE MAJOR

Semester I

CODE COURSE TITLE CR.
GRDE 122 Principles of Design 3
GRDE 129 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
Total 6

 

 Semester II

CODE COURSE TITLE CR.
GRDE 130 Typography I 3
GRDE 153 Image Manipulation 3
GRDE 182 Vector Graphics 3
Total 9

The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

The College accepts the following methods of payment:

  • Cash
  • LINX
  • Visa/Master card
  • Certified/Manager’s cheque

Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.

 

The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:  www.moe.gov.tt

Important:
Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.

 

Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

  • tuition fees
  • accommodation
  • airfare and other transportation costs
  • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
  • books and related materials
  • special equipment
  • other related tertiary expenses

For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at: www.moe.gov.tt

 

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details: registrar@costaatt.edu.tt

To be awarded the Certificate in Graphic Design, students must successfully complete 15 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

Required courses in the major area of study 15 credits
               Total credits in the major area of study 15 credits
Total Credits Required for Graduation   15 credits

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