A collaboration between RMIT Online, Adobe, and Merkle offers a course for those looking to improve their design skills, upskill, or work in a digital team.
The course is launched in response to the growing demand for design skills in many unrelated fields and professions. According to RMIT Online, analysis of job postings over the past 12 months revealed 13,535 jobs requiring Adobe Photoshop or other graphic design skills.
Claire Hopkins, acting CEO of RMIT Online, says digitization has dramatically increased the demand for design skills. She believes that most sectors of industry will benefit from a broader understanding of design principles and capabilities, as will individuals ranging from managers – who need to tell stories effectively and sell their ideas – to all those considering a short-term career change.
“Companies know that good design at various levels can increase productivity and sales, and they are increasingly considering these skills as part of the digital literacy process,” Hopkins said.
“Our studies show that digital skills increase employability and result in a paid premium of around $8,000 per year, and design is one of those skills.”
As a partner in the development of the course, Adobe brings real-world experience and case studies to demonstrate how design can improve daily work in different fields.
“The pandemic has underscored the urgency for increased collaboration between education service providers and businesses to deliver real-world skills through real-world curricula. These courses provide students with valuable experience to familiarize themselves with the tools of industry and design principles for success in the digital-first economy,” said Sasha McQuaid, Head of Education at Adobe, Australia and New Zealand Digital Media.
“Australia’s future prosperity depends on thriving in a digital economy, and with increased digitization the ability to design and understand design concepts becomes even more important. Organizations that understand the value of improving digital skills, in order to break down silos and include more professionals in the design conversation, will capitalize on the opportunities of the digital economy,” said McQuaid.
The RMIT Online Digital Graphic Design course launched on July 5, with the first launch starting August 8, 2022.