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Design studies courses are an excellent way to help advance your career. There are many academic institutions across the globe offering top-notch design courses with a variety of program and schedule options. Often, design courses can complement other degree programs or are offered as separate certificate or diploma programs.

There are a variety of courses in several different design industries, such as fashion design, interior design, multimedia, graphic design, visual, sound, and industrial design, with each discipline having specialized areas of study. Design courses can be studied online, through distance learning, or in a traditional classroom setting, allowing for flexibility in scheduling as courses range from a few days to over a year.

Whether you are seeking new skills, professional development, or a change of career, there are design courses that can help you meet your goals. Take a look through the programs below to find the design courses that you are searching for!

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Umeå Institute of Design - Umeå University

Industrial Design Intensive is a one-year course package that runs over a whole study year, from autumn to spring term. The autumn term is dedicated to basic methods in i ... [+]

Course Package - Industrial Design Intensive (Undergraduate)

Industrial Design Intensive is a one-year course package that runs over a whole study year, from autumn to spring term. The autumn term is dedicated to basic methods in industrial design with focus on the product design process, while the spring term includes basics in interaction design, service design and design management.

The goal of the course is that the student should acquire basic knowledge about, and understanding of, the methods and proceedings that are used within industrial design. Special attention is given to the product development process but other areas of industrial design are also integrated in the course, such as interaction design, service design and design management. The course is mainly focused on methods for analysing problems, methods for ideation and creativity and methods for visualisation, presentation and communication.... [-]

Sweden Umeå
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Escola Britânica de Artes Criativas

The program is designed for students interested in investing in high-quality training and developing knowledge in the field of graphic design and visual communication. ... [+]

AboutNEXT TURKS WITH BEGINNING IN AUGUST 2018.

The program is designed for students interested in investing in high-quality training and developing knowledge in the field of graphic design and visual communication.

The objective of the course is to prepare professionals capable of performing visual programming of different genres and formats, to develop and employ aesthetic elements of the visual communication process, to create illustrations, to apply typefaces and to reproduce other elements of visual identity, managing the whole process of visual communication, and proposing practical solutions to real problems.

Expected resultsComprehensive understanding of major historical and contemporary developments in graphic design, including social, technical and professional contexts.Self-knowledge, ability to communicate with varied audiences, develop teamwork, discussion and negotiation skills.Develop personal and business skills to respond to current and future career challenges.Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to work as a graphic designer (and future art director) in design studios, advertising agencies, marketing consultants, publishers and graphic designers. He will also have enough knowledge to undertake and open his own design company.Structure of the courseMODULE I: FUNDAMENTALS OF VISUAL LANGUAGEMeans of Expression and Visual RepresentationCGHistory of Visual CultureMODULE II: THE DESIGNER AS AN EDITORDigital DesignCreating images in different mediaEditorial Graphic DesignMODULE III: CONSTRUCTION OF MEANINGSContemporary Graphic DesignVisual identityStudies of visual communication codesMODULE IV: PREPARATION FOR THE MARKETBusinessGraphic productionPersonal project... [-]
Brazil Pinheiros
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
European Cultural Academy

The Contemporary Art Course is designed to help you execute your creative projects. It equips you with the industry knowledge that will advance your career in the creativ ... [+]

CONTEMPORARY ART - STRATEGIES TO DEVELOP & REFINE YOUR IDEAS

DATES: July 15 -27, 2019

About the course

The program focuses on the contemporary art market and the ways to get involved in it. The goal of the course is to transform you from consumer to maker in the cultural field.

Q&A sessions, lectures and dinners with the makers of the Biennale and its satellite exhibitions will give you insider knowledge of creating art projects. You will work on a group project dedicated to the Venice Biennale and create a roadmap for your personal creative goals. We will work together on your skills and provide the support and financial advice you need to turn your idea into reality.... [-]

Italy Venice
July 2019
Full-time
2 weeks
Campus
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Milan

In the last years the field of Interior Design has witnessed a continuous growth, for this reason professionals in the field need to be more flexible and in touch with th ... [+]

THIS COURSE IN HELD IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE.In the last years the field of Interior Design has witnessed a continuous growth, for this reason professionals in the field need to be more flexible and in touch with the new technologies, methods, and materials.

Through the Interior Design Academic year program students get an in-depth and practical introduction to Italian design and the ‘Made in Italy’ concept with particular attention to contemporary trends, while being equipped with all the necessary instruments to enter this field. Students will learn to design interior spaces both for commercial and residential use, from the initial concept and first sketch to the 3D view, and to realize a model representing a public space. Furthermore the course develops students awareness of colour, shape and form and gives them the necessary skills to choose interior finishes.... [-]

Italy Milan
September 2019
Full-time
30 weeks
Campus
London School of Design and Marketing (ES)

Design Thinking is an innovative methodology based on a human-centered approach that attempts to solve complex problems with design. It is a methodology focused on findin ... [+]

Design Thinking is an innovative methodology based on a human-centered approach that attempts to solve complex problems with design. It is a methodology focused on finding unique solutions in the challenges of everyday life.

Square: 20

Duration: 5 Days (35h) with practical component

Face-to-face course in London, Madrid and Oporto

Dates to be announced briefly - be attentive to the LSDM website

Course summary

Designed and created for creatives, artists, administrators, entrepreneurs and people interested in practical training, with real applicability in the field of Design Thinking.

Our Design Thinking course program will present definitions and concepts related to creativity and design. It will allow participants to explore what creativity is in design and will also allow them to relate creativity methods to different concepts, namely, the needs of the people, the needs of the consumer and the user interface. Throughout the course, participants will carry out group work and implement creative processes using various techniques related to the development of creative skills.... [-]

United Kingdom London Spain Madrid Portugal Porto  + 2 More
August 2019
Full-time
5 days
Campus
London School Of Design And Marketing

Design thinking is an innovative methodology based on a human-centered approach that tries to solve complex and uncertain problems with the design. It is focused on findi ... [+]

Design thinking is an innovative methodology based on a human-centered approach that tries to solve complex and uncertain problems with the design. It is focused on finding unique solutions everyday challenges.

Vacancies: 20

Duration: 5 Days (35h) with a practical component

Classroom course in London, Madrid and Porto

Dates to be announced shortly - visit our LSDM website

Overview

Designed and created for creatives, artists, managers, entrepreneurs, and people interested in a practical education, with real-world applicability in the Design Thinking field.

Our Design Thinking course program will present definitions and concepts related to creativity and design. It will allow participants to explore what creativity in design is and it will also allow them to relate creativity methods to different concepts, namely people’s needs, consumer needs and user interface. Throughout the course, participants will carry out group work and implement creative processes using several techniques related to the development of creative skills.... [-]

United Kingdom London Spain Madrid Portugal Porto  + 2 More
August 2019
Full-time
5 days
Campus
European Summer School

In this course, you will learn all you need to become an aspiring graphic designer. ... [+]

In this course, you will learn all you need to become an aspiring graphic designer. You will learn how to sketch and prepare your project, how to turn it into reality using modern software and hardware tools, and how to edit it to a final version. You will also gain knowledge about current trends and popular methods in graphic design and its presentation.

Description

Graphic Design course should deal with the most common topics in the most commercial sphere of advertising and graphic design branch. Hopefully, students will learn how to roach to different requests in graphic design and how to make successful visual communication.

Skills

To be updated

Prerequisites

The course is designed for advanced students in graphic design branch. Students should have basic or advanced skill with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
July 2019
Full-time
10 days
Campus
UC Berkeley Extension

Our UX Design Immersive breaks down the entire user-experience design process from researching and gathering requirements to integrating a product or service with cutting ... [+]

Gain practical knowledge with our full-time studies in UX and UI and put your skills to work with an internship at a leading company in San Francisco or Silicon Valley. International students qualify for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Through our immersive, which can lead to a full diploma, you'll master the UX and UI skills that employers are seeking. Start studying today for an exciting and demanding career in UX and UI.

"My internship was my first time working at a startup, and I liked the culture where my ideas and expertise were easily seen and valued."

—Jolin Wu, Taiwan

UX (User-Experience) Design Immersive

Our UX Design Immersive breaks down the entire user-experience design process from researching and gathering requirements to integrating a product or service with cutting-edge design. Through various hands-on projects, you'll develop a portfolio that will impress a future hiring manager.... [-]

USA Berkeley San Francisco
September 2019
Full-time
1 semester
Campus
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Florence

The program offers a design perspective on interior spaces and interior decoration in different business contexts, taking in consideration the customer needs and behavior ... [+]

The program offers a design perspective on interior spaces and interior decoration in different business contexts, taking in consideration the customer needs and behaviors. The user’s scenario studies allow you to understand the relations between contemporary lifestyles and design values, highlighting the new trends in the field.The education path aims at shaping an individual design sensitivity, the construction of a personal expressive language and the acquisition of a multidisciplinary culture that combines theoretical and practical aspects.

Schedule: Lessons run from Monday to Friday morning and/or afternoon.

Level and prerequisites

This is an intermediate program designed for students with at least one year of academic background or professional experience in Interior Design, Industrial Design, Furniture Design, Architecture. Applicants have to master representation techniques such as drawing, sketching and rendering, and visual communication skills such as computer graphics and rendering, as well as model making and verbal communication.... [-]

Italy Florence
September 2019
Full-time
19 weeks
Campus
Roma Film Academy

In general, we think of the costume department as a technical one, linked more to the sartorial than to the authorial aspect. Instead, it is one of the most important art ... [+]

In general, we think of the costume department as a technical one, linked more to the sartorial than to the authorial aspect. Instead, it is one of the most important artistic departments, because a good costume is often what gives shape to the character. Good costume designers must know how to read and analyze a script and use their art to dress the protagonists of the story of a personality, thus helping the actor to better embody the character. And we are not just speaking of historical costumes, those that most affect the attention of the general audience, but also the modern and urban ones, which are often not noticed but that give the characters their own identity.

Course characteristics ... [-]
Italy Rome
October 2019
Italian
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Accademia del Lusso

The Intensive Course in Interior & Retail Design at Accademia del Lusso Milan prepares students to become professionals who are able to invent and create graphic desi ... [+]

The Intensive Course in Interior & Retail Design at Accademia del Lusso Milan prepares students to become professionals who are able to invent and create graphic design for interior spaces using both manual and digital representation tools.

The course aims to give students the in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical abilities that mean they will be able to identify and coordinate the styles, trends and materials that allow them to distinguish the concept of ‘contemporary living’ with originality. The course also provides students with methodological and professional skills in planning and design, meaning they will be capable both of communicating and presenting their ideas adequately, and of independently managing the choice of techniques and technologies in order to bring a design to completion.... [-]

Italy Milan
September 2019
Italian
Full-time
1 year
Campus
In Florence Academy

The course is aimed at students who are interested in interior design and who want to understand technical and constructional aspects of interior spaces, the methodologie ... [+]

The course is aimed at students who are interested in interior design and who want to understand technical and constructional aspects of interior spaces, the methodologies of elaborating the concept of a project and its appropriate representation. The approach is not only technical but creative, artistic and intuitive. The fundamentals of the course are aimed at providing knowledge of various interior styles, the study of solutions in furnishing, the materials used and the various possibilities in fabrics; patterns, colors, and shades.

Course prices and duration:

ELEMENTARY COURSE

Enrollment fee: 150 €

Tuition fee:

one month: 590 €

two months: 1100 €... [-]

Italy Florence
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 8 months
Campus
Scuola Politecnica di Design SPD

The OneYear course aims at consolidating the basics of visual design thereby allowing a critical approach to the design stage. The study plan includes lessons on Basic De ... [+]

The One Year course aims at consolidating the basics of visual design thereby allowing a critical approach to the design stage. The study plan includes lessons on Basic Design alongside general training. The first of these provide an historical, cultural and scientific background to visual design focusing in particular on visual processes, also studied from a theoretical and physiological point of view. The coherence between the subjects covered helps in constructing a design methodology, a designer’s most vital possession. The general training, on the other hand, provides the necessary creative, technical and methodological skills for the further study of visual communication and design during the Master’s year. There is in fact a continuous learning process that starts from the OneYear Course and leads to the specialist Master’s course.... [-]

Italy Milan
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Full-time
1 year
Campus
The Design Ecademy - Online Design Courses

Interior Design Classes - Join online Classes for Interior Design. Video tutorials, online 24/7 & lifetime access for one low fee. Get your dream home or change caree ... [+]

Online Interior Design Classes – get your dream home and maybe start a new career

This Introduction to Interior Design course is a complete series of online Interior Design Classes that includes video tutorials, cheatsheets and exercises to help you to put what you learn into practice in your own home immediately.

Watching interior design shows and browsing magazines may be inspiring – but they still don’t show you what to do in YOUR home. That’s why these online interior design classes are filled with expert tips and insider knowledge that will teach you exactly that. In fact, the video tutorials that you will have access to have been taken directly from our professional interior design training course.... [-]

6 weeks
Online
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Barcelona

The Lighting for Retail and Commercial Spaces study program teaches how to use light as a powerful tool for design and expression in commercial spaces, an increasingly co ... [+]

THIS PROGRAM IS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

The Lighting for Retail and Commercial Spaces study program teaches how to use light as a powerful tool for design and expression in commercial spaces, an increasingly competitive and changing sector. Artificial lighting technology is nowadays in constant evolution, requiring specific knowledge and expertise in order to fully master its potential.

Whether natural or artificial, light has a strong connection with people and the way they experience the space around them: acting on perception and sensations and influencing people’s comfort, activity and the choices they make.

Lighting design is, therefore, a crucial part of the design of any space and experience. In Commercial Spaces, it is especially essential, as it determines the overall look and feel of the environment and the well-being and behavior of the actual users of that space. In hospitality, retail and offices, lighting are closely linked to the brand image, making it a key element to design a complete and consistent user experience, meeting all the commercial requirements.... [-]

Spain Barcelona
January 2020
Part-time
3 months
Campus