Graphic design course in Kenya [All you need to know]

Last updated on February 28th, 2024 at 04:30 pm

Are you interested in graphic design course in Kenya? Well, if you answered yes to this question then you are in the right place.

Here in this article, we will take you trough all the information you need to know about graphic design in Kenya including, what the course is all about, where you can work after completing the course, minimum entry requirements for each level, schools offering the course among others.

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Graphic design course in Kenya [All you need to know]

So, what is graphic design course all about?

A good question here!

Well, this is a course that focus on teaching you skills and principles that are needed to create visual content.

In short, it is the course that teaches you the art of combining text and images to convey messages effectively and aesthetically.

What a graphic design course in Kenya might cover

  • Design Principles
  • Typography
  • Software Skills
  • Digital Illustration
  • Image Editing
  • Web Design Basics
  • Print Design
  • Portfolio Development

A list of the most common graphic design courses in Kenya

  • Digital imaging and motions
  • Visual communication
  • Web engineering
  • Cartoon animation/rendering
  • Software engineering
  • Computerized analysis
  • Computer-aided design; ArchiCAD and AutoCAD


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Colleges and universities offering graphic design courses in Kenya

  • Technical University of Mombasa
  • Karen technical institute of the deaf
  • African College of Aviation and Management
  • East Africa media institute
  • University of Nairobi school of arts and design
  • Academy of graphic technologies Nairobi
  • Kenyatta university
  • Kenya Institute of Software Engineering
  • Institute of Advanced Technology
  • Nairobi Institute of Technology (NIT)
  • Multimedia University of Kenya
  • Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC)

Graphic design courses entry requirements

Certificate in Graphic Design

Minimum entry requirements:

  • KCSE mean grade of D plain

Cluster subjects:

  • NONE

Diploma in Animation and Graphics design/ Diploma in Graphic and Web Design/ Diploma in graphic Design

Minimum entry requirements:

  • KCSE mean grade of C- minus

Cluster Subjects requirements:

  • NONE

Bachelor of Arts in Design

Minimum entry requirements:

  • KCSE mean grade C+ or equivalent

Cluster Subjects requirements:

  • C + plus in Mathematics or Business Studies
  • C+ plus in either English or Swahili
  • Any cluster III (Art & Design, Home-science, Woodwork, Metalwork, Building and Construction, Drawing and Design, Agriculture) OR
  • Alternatively, you can enroll for this course if you have KCSE mean grade C- plus a Certificate and Diploma in the any of the following discipline; Graphics, Fashion, Fine Art, Interior Design, Information technology, Animation Visual rendering, e.t.c.

Side note: It should be noted that you need to have basic computer proficiency to pursue graphic design at any level.

So, is graphic design a good course/ is graphic design worth it/ is graphic design marketable?

To answer your question, if you are passionate about art and you can be creative enough this is a good course.

Why do I say so?

Well, I say so because the film industry in Kenya is growing day in day out where a huge number of graphic designers are needed due to the ever-rising brands demands

Additionally, graphic design jobs for company are increasing each and every day making it a marketable course in Kenya with good salary depending on the level you have studied.

Some of jobs prospects after completing this course

You can work as a:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Publication Designer
  • Logo Designer
  • E-learning Content Designer
  • Print Production Artist
  • Packaging Designer
  • Art Director
  • Freelancer/Self-Employed Designer
  • Advertising or Marketing Designer

Average fee for a graphic course in Kenya

A graphic design course in Kenya will cost you between Kshs. 61000 to Kshs. 79,000 to study depending on the institution and the level in Kenya.

Remember, if you are planning to join a TVET institution, you can check the fee with KUCCPS.

Expected salary for a graphic designer in Kenya

Being a graphic designer in Kenya, you can earn about Kshs 20,000 to Kshs 50,000 and even more monthly.

In fact, depending on your level and working experience, you can even earn Kshs. 90,00 or even more.

Also, it should be noted that this one of the jobs that you can have freedom since you work with hours or projects.


By now, you have all the information you need for graphic design course in Kenya including; the expected fee, entry requirements, colleges and universities offering the course, job prospects after completing the course and much more.

Lastly as we wind up, it is worth noting that tis is a course that you should consider pursuing in Kenya.


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Colleges in Nairobi offering certificate courses

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