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Students who hold advanced diplomas have completed a set number of courses, determined by the focus of study and the university. Generally speaking, these programs take about three years to complete. What is an advanced diploma in design studies? Graduates who earn this diploma take numerous classes in visual communication before selecting a more specific field and narrowing their studies. Possibl… Read more

Students who hold advanced diplomas have completed a set number of courses, determined by the focus of study and the university. Generally speaking, these programs take about three years to complete.

What is an advanced diploma in design studies? Graduates who earn this diploma take numerous classes in visual communication before selecting a more specific field and narrowing their studies. Possible focuses include digital design, graphic design and fashion or interior design. Some students keep a broad focus with their course work and study multiple artistic elements like drawing and animation. Whatever the specified medium, students often learn many practical skills by working with the tools and instruments used by professionals in their chosen field.

Graduates with advanced diplomas in design often have displayed talent and a discerning eye in relation to their areas of expertise. These courses provide students with the opportunity to work on projects that can later become part of their professional portfolio.

There isn’t a set standard for the number of units needed to receive an advanced diploma, so costs will vary depending on the specified focus and the school offering the program. Contact a university directly to find out more about expenses.

After receiving advanced diplomas in design, graduates are fully trained and ready to apply what they’ve learned in any professional setting. Those who study graphic design can seek out employment with marketing and advertising firms. With the continuing expansion of the gaming industry, designers are finding more and more work creating video games. If your diploma had a computer focus, user experience designers are in demand to create interesting and user-friendly visuals that can be used on multiple platforms.

Design is a growing field, and an advanced diploma can open many doors in the industry. If you’re interested in learning more, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Cambrian College
Sudbury, Canada

Cambrian’s award-winning Graphic Design faculty will challenge you through course work and diverse, real-world projects to help you develop your creative talents and become a ... +

Cambrian’s award-winning Graphic Design faculty will challenge you through course work and diverse, real-world projects to help you develop your creative talents and become a professional visual communication designer. The Graphic Design curriculum is career-focused and rigorous, with attention given to both traditional skills and new technologies. In addition, you will develop skills in critical thinking, creativity and concept driven work, allowing you to be agile in the evolving and demanding industry of professional communication. -
Advanced Diploma
Full-time
6 semesters
English
Campus
 
Centennial College
Toronto, Canada

Centennial College's Graphic Design program, which has a graduate employment rate that exceeds 80 percent, will prepare you for a multidisciplinary design career. Facilitated ... +

Centennial College's Graphic Design program, which has a graduate employment rate that exceeds 80 percent, will prepare you for a multidisciplinary design career. Facilitated at the Story Arts Center, the courses in this advanced diploma program will take a hands-on approach in an intimate studio environment, rather than having you sit passively in large lecture halls. With small class sizes, you'll have lots of opportunities to work one-on-one with your professors. RGD, which represents more than 3,000 graphic designers, managers, educators, and students across Ontario, formally recognizes the Graphic Design program. A combination of multidisciplinary design skills and practical experience will set you apart from the competition. You'll be more flexible in your design solutions and more desirable in the marketplace. -
Advanced Diploma
Full-time
3 years
English
Jan 2022
Online
 
Fanshawe College
London, Canada

As a student in one of Canada's most well-respected graphic design programs, you'll develop a knock-out portfolio, rub shoulders with industry professionals, and build your co ... +

As a student in one of Canada's most well-respected graphic design programs, you'll develop a knock-out portfolio, rub shoulders with industry professionals, and build your connections to find employment upon graduation. You'll learn illustration, graphic design communication, typography, interactive web design, design theory, graphic design history so that you have the marketable skills that companies are looking for. -
Advanced Diploma
Full-time
3 years
English
Jan 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 

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Hong Kong Design Institute
Hong Kong

The Department of Architecture, Interior and Product Design runs a one-semester spatial and environmental based curriculum common to all first-year Higher Diploma students stu ... +

The Department of Architecture, Interior and Product Design runs a one-semester spatial and environmental based curriculum common to all first-year Higher Diploma students studying in Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design. The programme aims primarily at students who have completed their secondary school education and expect to take up specialist spatial and environmental design studies. It is designed to reflect the context of basic design and creative knowledge and skills which serve as an introduction to, and preparation for, the year one students for the next four to five-semester study in their respective professional design programmes. -
Advanced Diploma
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
AAS College
Thessaloniki, Greece

By studying Interior Design at AAS College graduates will be with knowledge and understanding along with skill sets, attributes and behaviours that provide them with the poten ... +

By studying Interior Design at AAS College graduates will be with knowledge and understanding along with skill sets, attributes and behaviours that provide them with the potential to be an effective contributor in the global community of Interior Design including event design, set design and consultancy practices. To achieve this the course embraces a distinctive focussed study upon human needs and desires in a consumerist society. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to build upon the understanding of the importance of being socially and culturally aware as a designer, becoming conscious of their potential influence and need to embrace ethically considered practices and apply considered personal as well as professional codes. -
Advanced Diploma
Full-time
24 months
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Georgian College
Barrie, Canada

In this program, students engage in interdisciplinary problem-solving, combining visual sensitivity with skill and knowledge in the areas of communications, technology, and bu ... +

In this program, students engage in interdisciplinary problem-solving, combining visual sensitivity with skill and knowledge in the areas of communications, technology, and business. Students learn to structure visual information to aid communication in both print and web-based formats and employ these skills in the creation of advertising, editorial, branding, and information design. The depth and breadth of instruction in design and technology are reflected in the portfolio developed in this three-year program, preparing students to take on more creative and independent roles once they enter the workplace. -
Advanced Diploma
Full-time
3 years
English
06 Sep 2022
Online
 
Raffles Design Institute Riyadh
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Graphic Design is a practice-based course with creative, critical, reflective and technical skills developed in the studio and enhanced by pertinent academic writing.

Graphic Design is a practice-based course with creative, critical, reflective and technical skills developed in the studio and enhanced by pertinent academic writing. -
Advanced Diploma
Full-time
English
Campus
 
L’école de Condé
Bordeaux, France

Studying design means entering a fascinating world that combines aesthetic experimentation, research into new uses, and new ways of creating meaning. This course necessarily b ... +

Studying design means entering a fascinating world that combines aesthetic experimentation, research into new uses, and new ways of creating meaning. This course necessarily begins with a Preparatory Year (Bachelor 1) in Design which provides all the tools necessary for creative development. The student's design department of the School of Condé falls into four Bachelor: graphic design printed & digital, space design - interior design, product design - objects and fashion design - styling, and several Master's programs. -
Advanced Diploma
French
 
Metro College Of Technology (Canada)
Toronto, Canada

The key feature of this civil engineering design training course is dynamic and hands-on oriented. This program will build your career in road/highway engineering and infrastr ... +

The key feature of this civil engineering design training course is dynamic and hands-on oriented. This program will build your career in road/highway engineering and infrastructure designs. Leading students to a successful career, this diploma can be pursued by both beginners and professionals in the civil engineering field. This civil engineering design and technology training program covers many related subjects. They include drafting, road/highway, and piping design in civil engineering. Students will learn how to use Canadian/Ontario design codes in civil design projects and how to perform construction estimation and how to manage civil projects. They will gain proficiency in using civil engineering software such as AutoCAD, MicroStation, Civil 3D, and InRoads. Furthermore, they will also learn how to use ORACLE Primavera and/or Microsoft Project to manage a civil project and how to use Microsoft Excel and Sage Timberline software for performance engineering estimation. Based on the standards of municipalities and the provincial government of Ontario, students will work on a civil design project at the end of the diploma program. This will help them adapt to a real work environment and join the workforce faster and with confidence. Currently, this program is offered in the Toronto area. -
Advanced Diploma
English (Canada)
Campus
 
Heritage College
Ottawa, Canada

The Visual Arts program cultivates creativity, critical thinking, and cultural awareness. The program’s studio work includes drawing, sculpture, painting, printmaking, photogr ... +

The Visual Arts program cultivates creativity, critical thinking, and cultural awareness. The program’s studio work includes drawing, sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, and digital media. As a student in the program, you are exposed to culture through contemporary and historical art. Your studies are enhanced with courses in English, French, Physical Education, and Philosophy to ensure that you are well-rounded for future endeavors. Courses come alive through experiences such as field trips to museums, galleries, and guest lecturers from the artistic community. In this program, you will be ready for university with the ability to manage time, organize projects, and wield a wide range of artistic skills. -
Advanced Diploma
English (Canada)
Campus
 
South Essex College
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Overview Level 4 course (Available to UK/EU students) This is a dynamic, intensive and creative course that covers a wide range of specialist areas and helps you prepare a por ... +

Overview Level 4 course (Available to UK/EU students) This is a dynamic, intensive and creative course that covers a wide range of specialist areas and helps you prepare a portfolio to assist with entry to a higher education course in an art and design subject. The qualification has been designed to encourage exploration, experimentation and risk taking, which will extend the learners’ critical independence and enable them to demonstrate a full understanding of the relevant standards required to achieve progression to higher education. -
Advanced Diploma
Campus
 
Sandwell College
West Bromwich, United Kingdom

This two-year course is for enthusiastic and highly motivated creatives who want to gain experience in working with high-end, industry-standard graphics packages to develop a ... +

This two-year course is for enthusiastic and highly motivated creatives who want to gain experience in working with high-end, industry-standard graphics packages to develop a broad range of digital media projects. Our iMac suites and professional software will enable you to learn exciting new skills and unlock your potential in order to gain employment within the design industry, work as a freelance or progress to university. -
Advanced Diploma
English
Campus
 
Melbourne Polytechnic
Melbourne, Australia

Guarantee your future with a Diploma of Graphic Design. This course at Melbourne Polytechnic has an excellent reputation in the graphic design industry, boasting real employme ... +

Guarantee your future with a Diploma of Graphic Design. This course at Melbourne Polytechnic has an excellent reputation in the graphic design industry, boasting real employment opportunities for graduates through our widespread industry networks. -
Advanced Diploma
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Centennial College
Toronto, Canada

With a graduate employment rate that exceeds 80%, Centennial College’s Graphic Design program will prepare you for a multi-disciplinary design career. Facilitated at the Story ... +

With a graduate employment rate that exceeds 80%, Centennial College’s Graphic Design program will prepare you for a multi-disciplinary design career. Facilitated at the Story Arts Centre, Centennial College’s School of Communications, Media and Design - you will learn by working hands-on in an intimate studio environment, rather than sitting passively in large lecture halls. With small class sizes, you will have lots of opportunities to work one-on-one with your professors. -
Advanced Diploma
Full-time
3 years
English
Jan 2022
Campus
 
Fanshawe College
London, Canada

The Interactive Media Development – 3D Visualization program focuses on creating memorable user experiences on digital platforms, producing high-quality computer-generated gra ... +

The Interactive Media Development – 3D Visualization program focuses on creating memorable user experiences on digital platforms, producing high-quality computer-generated graphics and animations to demonstrate ideas and inspire imagination. In this 3-year advanced diploma, students develop the professional, technical and artistic skills needed to hit the ground running in the digital media workplace. -
Advanced Diploma
Full-time
3 years
English
Jan 2022
Campus
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