Course DurationThe course will course will run for 2 academic years (4 semesters)
- 24 contact hours per unit and an average of 7 units per semester
- Class hours 8.30am – 10.30am; 11.00am – 1.00pm; 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Mode of study: Full time – 4 semesters
- Intakes: January, May, September
- Campus: Aqua Office Suites, Ngara Nairobi
- Fees: Ksh 30,000 per Term
The Graphic Design programme uses a multidisciplinary approach to give students the knowledge, skills and technology they need to succeed in the creative industry today. The programme develops both the student’s eye for design and the skills necessary to communicate ideas and stories through different media.
Students work in an innovative environment using industry-standard software and Macintosh computers. The students combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges. Students leave this programme qualified to attain and excel in entry-level positions throughout the industry.
Earn Credentials Recognized By Employers Worldwide
BIMS students gain a competitive edge over their peers by earning Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certifications in:
- Visual Communications using Adobe Photoshop®
- Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator®
- Print & Digital Media Publication using Adobe InDesign®
- Web Communications using Adobe Dreamweaver®
- BIMS instructors prepare students to successfully pass these exams through a curriculum that leverages Adobe
- ducation learning resources and real-world applications.
To learn more about the certification exam visit:
KCSE C- or above, with a C- or above in Kiswahili, English, Mathematics and at least one science subject OR A-levels with 2 principle passes.
Basic computer proficiency is required. Attach certificates to your application.
Each course has its own specific requirements. Please enquire from the administration what requirements apply to the course of your choice.
- Photocopy of your ID or Passport
- Application bank slip
A non refundable fee of KES 1,000 will be paid. This payment can be made via MPESA Paybill or Bank
In order to study at BIMS, students are required to ensure they have the correct legal documentation. For international students, this includes obtaining the relevant student visa. Below are the guidelines to the international student visa application process.
Guide to Applying for an International Student Pass
BIMS is proud to attract students from around the world. This guide is designed to help international students understand how to apply for an international student visa in Kenya. While we do not process or pay for international student visas, we hope the following information makes the student pass application process as smooth as possible.
Please note: BIMS is legally required to inform the Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons Office when a student discontinues his/her studies at BIMS, regardless of the reason. As a result, if a student is dropped from their programme due to poor academic performance, poor attendance or indiscipline, BIMS will immediately inform the Immigration Office.
Step 1: International students apply to BIMS
- International students can apply to one of BIMS’s programmes online: https://bowensinstitute.com/apply/.
- Prior to applying to BIMS, please familiarise yourself with our international fee policies: https://bowensinstitute.com/fees/.
Step 2: BIMS sends supporting documents for visa application
- Successful applicants receive a letter of admission.
- They will also receive a letter of support or a cover letter, addressed to the Director of Immigration, indicating the name and duration of the course to be studied – both new and renewal applications.
- Both of these letters will support international students in applying for their international student visa.
Step 3: Apply online for an International Student Visa
- Register at https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/, then log in at https://fns.immigration.go.ke/ and complete the application form (titled Form 30).
- Please note: incomplete applications will not be processed.
Step 4: BIMS Head of Academics or Principal signs/stamps completed form
- Print and fill out all details on Form 30 (student pass application form) from the following website: http://www.immigration.go.ke/downloads/Form-30-Application%20for%20Student%20Pass.pdf.
- Your completed form should then be scanned and emailed to BIMS at firstname.lastname@example.org, to be signed and stamped by our Principal or Head of Academics.
Step 5: Prepare all documents and attachments
Collate the form and all necessary supporting documents, including:
- Signed commitment letter from the sponsor – both new and renewal cases
- National passport copy of the sponsor – both new and renewal cases
- Proof of funds for self-sponsored students – both new and renewal cases
- For minors, consent letter from the parent – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of parent’s national passport and copy of birth certificate of the minor should be attached as proof of relationship (for minors) – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of a valid national passport – both new and renewal cases (the bio-data page)
- Current immigration status for the pupil/student – both new and renewal cases (If already in the country)
- Two recent passport-size colour photos – both new and renewal cases
- Duly certified copies of basic academic certificates for those joining Tertiary Institutions and Universities – new cases only
- Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of the school’s/college registration certificate from the Ministry of Education – new cases only
- Clearance letter from Department of Refugee Affairs for refugees – both new and renewal cases
- Certified copies of progress report/transcripts obtained (by the issuing institution) – renewal cases only
- Copy of student’s pass previously held – renewal cases only
Step 6: Submit application to immigration offices
- Submit the complete form to immigration offices at Nyayo House, Alien Section, Counter Number 9 (full address below).
- Please note: Immigration might take up to two months to process your student pass or international student visa. If more than two months lapse, please follow up with the immigration office.
Step 7: Processing
- Once your application has been received, you will receive a notification via email. The email will state whether your application was rejected or received. If it has been received, processing should start immediately. You will be told to wait again. This might take around three weeks.
Step 8: Payment
- Once your applications have been approved, you will receive another notification. You should now log in to your portal and make a payment via M-pesa (Pay-Bill number 206206) or bank cheque (payable to PS Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government).
Step 9: Provide proof of payment
- Print out the approval letter and attach receipt payment. Take it to:
The Director of Immigration Services
Department of Immigration Offices
Nyayo House 9th Floor,
Kenyatta Avenue/Uhuru Highway
P.O Box 30191,000100 Nairobi
Tel: +254-20-2222022, +254-20-2217544, +254-20-2218833
You will then be told to wait for the visa to be processed. This will take three weeks or so.
Step 10: Collection
- Once your Visa has been processed, you will receive a notification by email.
- Go back to immigration offices at Nyayo House, Department of Immigration offices Ground Floor Room 16 and collect your Visa. On the same day, you should register as an alien.For more information, please visit https://fns.immigration.go.ke/infopack/passes/studentpass/.
As a graphic designer, you will find employment opportunities in a number of industries, including advertising, publishing and specialized design services, as well as in the growing field of website design, particularly Internet advertising.
From working for a design consultancy to setting up your own studio, the diploma in graphic design opens the door to a wide range of creative careers.
Graduates from this program dive into well-paying jobs such as:
- Graphic Editors
- Art Directors
- Graphic Designers
- Visual Information Specialists
- Production Assistants
- Design Assistants
- Marketing specialists
- Creative Directors
Designer and Illustrator
Wanyika Charles is a designer and illustrator from Nairobi, Kenya. He specializes in infographics, branding, hand lettering, illustration and is passionate about design for social impact. He has over ten years of experience working as a freelancer and for creative agencies. Previous clients include Kenya National Examination Council, Chuka University, Hivos. She has a BA in Sociology from the University of Nairobi and BA in Graphic Design from the same University.