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By Lilian Wamaitha
When we talk about marketable certificate and diploma courses in Kenya, graphic and web design tops the list.
This is because a majority of people in this field are self-employed and are outsourced by companies.
With the advent of technology, more and more businesses are being conducted online hence the demand for web and graphic designers.
The two courses can be done at the same time or as a single entity depending on what career path you want to follow.
Graphic and web designers speak through images and text and is among the most marketable courses in Kenya today.
The starting salary for professionals in this field ranges from Ksh 80,000 to 100,000, one of the more reasons why you should consider a career in this area and it is best to want to train with the best.
Find here the best colleges in Kenya offering web and graphic design.
1. Institute of Advanced technology
If you are thinking about a career in ICT and specifically graphic design, the Institute of Advanced technology is the place to be.
It offers certificate courses, professional and even diplomas.
The courses taught here include computerized illustrations, advanced illustration techniques, digital imaging, publishing fundamental, drawing for communication, art of visual content development, web design and motion graphics among other courses.
2. Shang Tao Media Arts College
This is one of the best colleges for media professionals. Apart from providing current and effective training, Shang Tao Media Arts College specializes in the latest software, techniques, and technologies in order to cater to the needs of the film, television and video game industries.
Students from the college are perceived to be the best in graphic design and related courses.
3. Kenya Institute of Mass Communication
One of their mandates is train personnel in mass media for both print and electronic media markets.
One of the courses they offer is Diploma in Animation and Graphic Design. To enroll you require a grade C plain, C plain in English and C- Kiswahili and D+ (plus) in Mathematics or Physics.
They also offer certificate courses in the same for those with Mean Grade C- (minus), C- (Minus) in English and Kiswahili and in any other 2 subjects.
Computer Studies is a mandatory subject for the Animation and Graphic Design course.
4. Africa Digital Media Institute
ADMI is a leading creative media and technology training institution, offering practical courses in Film & TV Production, Journalism & Multimedia, Mobile App & Game Development, Music Production, Sound Engineering, Animation & Motion Graphics, Graphic Design, Photography, Multimedia and Digital Marketing.
Their Certificate in Graphics and Digital Design takes an average of 1 year to complete.
The institution caters for all including working professionals who are looking to re-vamp their CVs with professional courses.
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5. Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts
Established as a church founded institution in 1990 to accommodate the students who had not secured entry points for university, the institute has evolved to one of the best in the country and now takes students from all over Kenya.
Today, it is very popular for its unrivalled diploma and certificate courses in arts and design.
The institute offers courses in graphics designs, interior design, fabric decoration, drawing and painting, product design as well as sculpture.
For admission all you require is at least a minimum grade of C – (minus) in KCSE.  The short term courses are offered on both full and part time modules and usually last between a month and a year.
6. Kenya Institute of Software Engineering
It is located in Thika and is one of the best graphic design colleges in Kenya offering graphic design in the fields of computer engineering, software engineering, mobile web application, development and programming.
The courses are examined by the Applied Engineering Technology Examination Board – AETEB and ICM.
If you are looking to enroll, their intakes are done in January, March, May, and July and in the September – October period.
Not only that, Kenya Institute of Software Engineering offers flexible modes of study. There is distance learning, weekend and evening learning and part time for those with a fixed working schedule or those advancing but in employment already.
7. Nairobi Institute of Technology 
The Nairobi Institute of Technology (NIT) is a privately owned and managed mid-level educational institution. It was established in 1997 and is among the colleges recognized by the Ministry of Education, Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS).
It is accredited by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) and their programmes approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
Besides all that, it also happens to be one of the best trainers in graphic design in Kenya.
8. Mahanaim Educational Institute
Mahanaim Educational Institute is an academic institution registered by the Ministry of Education.
They offer diploma, certificate and refresher courses in various professional fields among them graphic design.
Their exam bodies are KNEC, ICDL, ICM, HSK, Internal Exams and other international exam bodies.
Web and graphic design are some of the best courses that you can pursue in Kenya. The high demand for these professionals coupled by the few number of experts makes it one of the best paying courses to pursue.
Lilian is a Communication Officer at Career Point Kenya. If you have any enquiries regarding courses and universities, email me through lilian@careerpointkenya.co.ke