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Career as a graphic designer

Whether it’s design theory or portfolio development, animation, project management or web design, you can follow a dream with a degree in graphic design. The Academy of Graphic Design will teach you visual, creative expression and message delivery. Another language of communication will teach you. Everywhere you look today, the tide of protectionist sentiment is flowing.

The Academy for Certified Graphic Designer is designed by academic professors and experts in the field of graphic design, with many years of theoretical and practical experience. It is intended for all those who want to study, specialize, qualify and develop their skills in graphic design. For all art lovers and new technologies. Learning and improving through real and real projects. The goal is to create quality specialized personnel competitive in the market.The two primary media outlets for displaying your future work are print media and the Internet, and so is web design. Gain a German degree and be the future creative or art director, marketing specialist, multimedia designer, animator or freelancer.

The characteristics of the program as well as the teaching strategies are given below:

The Certified Web Developer program takes place in three modules which will teach basic, advanced and expert level.

Each participant when applying for the academy will complete a questionnaire for self-assessment of the level of knowledge.

After completing each module of the program, each participant is required to pass a practical exam in order to obtain the certificate. The exam is valued at 70% of the total points for the certificate. The remaining 30% of the total points of obtaining the certificate refer to the evaluation of the program manager who submits an evaluation for the participant on 3 grounds: presence, critical thinking and engagement. The three categories each carry 10% of the grade. The supervisor is obliged to summarize the conclusions from the information submitted by each individual lecturer in the teaching sessions.

Each of the topics represented in the program will contain practical examples of implementation in everyday work. The methods for presenting and mastering the topics will be based on the principle of: flexibility, Learning by doing concept, workshops, discussions, working groups, research.

Registration Fee is included in the total fee of the program

Program structure

Level 1

Level 1: BASIC

  1. Adobe Photoshop basic
  2. Adobe Illustrator basic
  3. Colour theory
  4. Elements and Principles of the design
  5. Editing photographs and images
  6. Typography
  7. Introduction to Social media

Level 2

Level 2: ADVANCE

  1. Packaging Design
  2. Logo Design
  3. InDesign
  4. Bases of Video Production – Adobe Premiere
  5. Basic Animation – Adobe Animate
  6. Animation in Photoshop
  7. Adobe Acrobat
  8. Portfolio I

Level 3

Level 3: EXPERT

  1. Adobe Premiere
  2. Adobe Animate
  3. Adobe Illustrator
  4. Adobe Photoshop
  5. Video and Animation
  6. Brochure Design
  7. Drawing and Illustration
  8. UI & UX
  9. Branding
  10. Web design basic (HTML, CSS, JavaScript)
  11. Social media
  12. Portfolio II


Emilija Kornakova – mentor at Institute for Business & Management Heidelberg Skopje
Emilija Kornakova has a master’s degree in Interior and Graphic Design. It is interesting to mention that in addition to the Faculty of Interior and Graphic Design, she also graduated from the Faculty of Economics at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Department of International Relations.
Her rich working career began with the establishment of a marketing agency where she held the position of Creative Director from 2000 to 2010. In the meantime she has worked on several projects and additional work engagements such as Improving Management, Marketing Skills and Creativity in the marketing agency Ontrac, E3 media, Bristol UK; further as Graphic and web designer and Event manager in ID Macedonia, Skopje, Organization of national contest “MK SPORT ID” for unifed design of the Macedonian national teams jerseys; Further Additional Executive Director and Interior Designer at MED, Skopje, Interior design studio; from 2006 to 2015 she is a graphic and web designer and Event manager of Beach Volleyball Macedonia – Ohrid, Organization of the annual international beach volleyball competition; from 2011 to 2015 is Graphic, web designer, Magazine editor, Copywriter of Tinex, Cosmo; from 2014 to 2019 he is a Mentor – Trainer (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Art elements and principles, Theory of color, Branding and identity) in Seavus education and development center – Skopje, I Think academy, WEB Design Academy; from 2015 to 2018 is Creative graphic and web designer, Marketing account manager, Division – Skopje marketing agency; since January 2019 he is Marketing Director in Podravka – Skopje, Northern Macedonia.
Emilija Kornakova is a lecturer and head of the Graphic Design program at the Institute for Business and Management HEIDELBERG Skopje.

Todor Trajkovski – manager of the program
Todor Trajkovski has studied Mechanical Engineering at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Skopje.
He started his working career as the owner of the trading company Gamma Trade. From 1998 to 2000 he worked as a designer and video editor at TV 96; from 2000 to 2001 he was a designer of the weekly magazine START, from 2001 to 2006 he was a senior designer in the marketing agency “INDIGO – Ogilvy & Mather”; in the meantime he works as a production director in the printing house “My-Print”. From 2006 to 2012 he was the Creative Director of one of the world’s largest marketing agencies “Gray Worldwide”. From 2013 to 2015 he worked in MPM – Media Print as responsible for the corporate identity of the company. Since 2015 he has been working at Ars Lamina Publishing House as a chief graphic designer.
Todor Trajkovski is a lecturer and head of the Graphic Design program at the Institute for Business and Management HEIDELBERG Skopje.

Branko Ristovski – video production, editor, graphic animator, producer
Branko Ristovski is a graduate special educator, with postgraduate studies at EFTA ESRA Paris – Skopje – New York, in the field of production.
He has attended trainings in photography, editing, production and the like.
From his work engagements can be distinguished: September 2013 – Leading lecturer at the seven-day video workshop “Be the change you want to see”
July 2012 – Lead lecturer at the ten-day video workshop “Peace 2.0 New Social Media – (Dis-) Advantage for Peace?”
December 2012 – Lecturer at the three-day video workshop “Anti Stereotypes”
November 2012 – Lecturer at the three-day video workshop “VIDEO CULTURE”
Since 2012 he has been employed in “ZOOTROP STUDIO”, which deals with video production at the position of Editor, graphic animator, producer. In his rich career he has worked on many projects such as TV commercials, series, movies, shows, etc.
Branko Ristovski since 2019 is part of the team of lecturers of the Graphic Design program at the Institute for Business and Management HEIDELBERG Skopje.

Advantages of the Certified Graphic Designer program as part of the College for Digital Design Communications of the Institute for Business and Management HEIDELBERG Skopje:

  • German certified diploma
  • Reliability (German program with lecturers with 20 years of experience in the field of full-stack programming)

At the end of the specialization you get:

  1. German diploma for completed professional specialist studies with the title: Certified Graphic Designer, issued by the Higher Education German Scientific Institution – Institute of Business and Management HEIDELBERG Skopje;
  2. Enriched networking portfolio in the country and abroad;
  3. Promotion of your CV at events in the country and abroad;
  4. Tutor for support in the profession in the first year after graduation; and
  5. Opportunity to get a high EU salary on the labor market in prestigious international companies in the country and abroad.

Total hours:

  • 360

Teaching – location: 

  • Institute for business and management Heidelberg Skopje (N. Macedonia)
  • ONLINE live learning platform from the ZOOM.US app

Lecture dynamics:

  • Three times per week


Frequently Asked Questions

You can make the payment directly with a credit card on the website itself when purchasing a seminar or training or by paying an invoice in several installments, and after a previously signed agreement.

In the certification programs can enroll anyone who wants to qualify or retrain for thechosen field in the certification programs. For that purpose, having a minimum of prior knowledge in the chosen field of each candidate is a facilitating circumstance in studying the programs. Namely, the programs, except for the postgraduate master studies, do not require prior formal higher education.

Pillar 1 – Seminars are held live with physical presence at a predetermined location and time. Seminars are also held live online through the ZOOM platform. For each organized seminar, the way, time and place of the event are certain in advance, which is published on the website.

Pillar 2 – E-learning, lectures are held online. The first category is live lectures through the online ZOOM platform, the second category is through recorded video materials (when you buy a certain program, you get access to the video you bought).

Pillar 3 – Executive Certification are held live with the physical presence of the group following the program, with a predetermined schedule for lectures.

NOTE: the lectures with several months of training programs are held after working hours, once or twice a week (for each training is explained in detail in the information of the program itself).

Lecturers of all programs are domestic and international practitioners with at least 10 years of work experience in the fields they teach. In each of the programs there are expert lecturers who are available for you to “use” their know-how.

Each listener receives materials in the form of presentations, exercises, excels, books, additional (video and audio) materials and directions where they can get more information on topics related to the lectures for anyone who wants to expand their study.

At the German higher education institution Heidelberg Institute for Business and Management in Skopje has accredited (in 2018) 4 academic programs for master studies, as follows:

  • – MBA in Finance & Controlling (60 ECTS)
  • – MBA in Finance & Controlling (120 ECTS)
  • – Business Data Governance & Business Informatics (60 ECTS)
  • – Business Data Governance & Business Informatics (120 ECTS)

Eligible to enroll are all graduate students – “Bachelor” for one-year programs of 60 ECTS, who previously acquired 240 ECTS, while for enrollment in two-year master programs of 120 ECTS, students with previously acquired 180 ECTS have the right to enroll.


  • – upon completion of the master’s program MBA in Finance & Controlling (60 or 120 ECTS) students gain prestigious international certifications (2 of the above 4):

Risk Management (EU Certificate according to European Banking Federation in Brussels)
Credit Analysis (EU Certificate according to European Banking Federation in Brussels)
Compliance (EU Certificate according to European Banking Federation in Brussels)
Certified Controller (German Diploma from Germany)

  • – Completion of the master’s program – Business Data Governance & Business Informatics (60 or 120 ECTS) students gain prestigious international certifications (2 of the above 4):

Certificate CISA / ISACA Certificate
BI & Big Data (German Diploma)
Digital Design Communication
Certification for Developers


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