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Earning a diploma in design studies is a practical first step to pursuing a career in the visual arts and as a creative professional. A diploma can take one to two years to achieve, and certifies that an individual has completed a specific course of study in design.  What is a Diploma in Design? A diploma in design can focus on a particular medium of visual communication. Individuals can earn… Read more

Earning a diploma in design studies is a practical first step to pursuing a career in the visual arts and as a creative professional. A diploma can take one to two years to achieve, and certifies that an individual has completed a specific course of study in design. 

What is a Diploma in Design? A diploma in design can focus on a particular medium of visual communication. Individuals can earn diplomas in specialties such as fashion, interior or graphic design. Some may even pursue a more general diploma in art and design. A more general design program will likely require students to choose a pathway focusing on design, fine art, or fashion. In most design programs, students will take foundational courses in visual design as they acquire practical skills, use appropriate tools, and gain necessary experience to work in a chosen design medium.

While gaining a diploma in design, students will build a portfolio of work and will often participate in exhibitions. These are tangible benefits that help prepare students to become working professionals in the design world. Upon earning a diploma, students may seek careers in design immediately upon graduation, or they may transfer credits earned towards earning a longer-term degree.

The cost of earning a diploma will vary depending upon the technical school, community college, or university offering the design program. The duration of the program will affect the cost also. Prospective students should research a school’s design program to ensure that it fits with their higher education and long-term career goals.

Graduates with a diploma in design studies will have professional training in a specific design field. They will acquire tailored skills, knowledge, and practical experience that is key to working in a particular design profession. Recent graduates will also be trained in the most up-to-date techniques and design methods. These field experience attributes make hiring designers with higher education diplomas attractive. Graduates often become successful graphic designers, interior designers, or fashion designers, and may rise to the top of their respective industries. 

Diplomas in design can be earned at a wide variety of higher education institutions around the world. Some programs offer classes online. To learn 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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Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design
Toronto, Canada

Illustration & Storytelling for Sequential Arts (ISSA), is a unique, enhanced 4-year diploma program, designed with input from leading Canadian artists in the field. It gi ... +

Illustration & Storytelling for Sequential Arts (ISSA), is a unique, enhanced 4-year diploma program, designed with input from leading Canadian artists in the field. It gives students a broad, updated skill base that includes 21st-century skills using digital media, creating mobile comics, knowledge of the entire Adobe Suite, essential graphic design and illustration for advertising skills, storyboarding for film, and advertising. The fourth-year 2-semester graphic novel development course ensures that each graduate will leave with a package that can be pitched to publishers. Core courses for the ISSA program include all the basics of creating, penciling, and inking comics, storytelling, and scripting for comics, and children’s book illustration. Max the Mutt students graduate with a solid portfolio, a web page, the skills to write a cover letter and résumé, and the ability to conduct themselves professionally in a job interview. Our annual Industry Open House is well-attended by representatives from publishing, animation, and gaming companies. Many employers contact us when they have job openings, and we regularly inform our graduates of employment opportunities. The high level of drawing and design that ISSA graduates from Max the Mutt are known for, combined with new skills that take graduates to entry-level positions as graphic designers, storyboard artists, and multimedia artists, are meant to supplement income as young graduates establish themselves as a freelance comic book and graphic novel artists. -
Diploma
Full-time
4 years
English
Sep 2022
31 Jan 2022
Campus
 
Canadian College of Technology and Business
Vancouver, Canada

Throughout this 70-week post-secondary diploma program, you will learn to design and develop user interfaces suitable for a variety of different platforms including websites, ... +

Throughout this 70-week post-secondary diploma program, you will learn to design and develop user interfaces suitable for a variety of different platforms including websites, mobile applications, and data-driven information systems. The UIUX Developer Analyst Practicum program will equip you with the skills needed to enter a range of different roles including: Digital Designer, UX Analyst, Front-End Developer and more. -
Diploma
Full-time
70 weeks
English
Campus
Online
 
Toronto Film School
Toronto, Canada

The Graphic Design and Interactive Media Diploma program will prepare you to think critically and execute visual solutions across print, digital platforms and motion graphics, ... +

The Graphic Design and Interactive Media Diploma program will prepare you to think critically and execute visual solutions across print, digital platforms and motion graphics, including communications, marketing, and branding, as well as layout, art direction and editorial. You will explore multiple perspectives on the design process from your teachers and other creative professionals. At the end of 12 months, you will leave with a well-rounded portfolio and the creative and technical skills to launch your career in design. -
Diploma
Full-time
12 months
English
Campus
 

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Masters Design Lab
London, United Kingdom

This 18-course programme is for aspiring graphic designers who want to dive deep into the world of branding, identity, and design. In this one year certification, you will lea ... +

This 18-course programme is for aspiring graphic designers who want to dive deep into the world of branding, identity, and design. In this one year certification, you will learn all the basic and advanced concepts of design, storytelling, copywriting, and even website building with WordPress. In this programme, you will create a branding project from A-Z including market research, creating corporate identity, and production. -
Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
12 months
English
Online
 
Istituto Pantheon Design & Technology
Rome, Italy

The First Level Academic Diploma in Digital Applications for the Visual Arts guides students in overcoming the traditional boundaries of the Arts, through the study of the wid ... +

The First Level Academic Diploma in Digital Applications for the Visual Arts guides students in overcoming the traditional boundaries of the Arts, through the study of the widest social and commercial contexts and uses. The academic teaching of visual arts is reinterpreted by extending the analysis of the reference cultural areas in a digital key. This means that creative experimentation becomes the didactic basis for all artistic disciplines. -
Diploma
Full-time
3 years
Italian
Nov 2022
Campus
 
Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts
Cambridge, United Kingdom

If you are student who wants to study an Art or Design programme at Master’s level but do not have a relevant undergraduate degree or if you are an international student who h ... +

If you are student who wants to study an Art or Design programme at Master’s level but do not have a relevant undergraduate degree or if you are an international student who has completed an Art & Design degree outside of the UK and are looking to study a Master’s in the same or related discipline with the UK, our Graduate Diploma course will help you to develop the skills needed for entry onto a Master’s degree. -
Graduate Diploma
Full-time
English
Campus
 
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

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
 
IEBS - Escuela de Negocios de la Innovación y los Emprendedores
Barcelona, Spain

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Postgraduate Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
10 months
Spanish (Spain)
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
 
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
 
International Career Institute
London, United Kingdom

A career in Graphics Design & Desktop Publishing can be very exciting for individuals with an eye for design. It brings technical ability and creative prowess to the fore. ... +

A career in Graphics Design & Desktop Publishing can be very exciting for individuals with an eye for design. It brings technical ability and creative prowess to the fore. Sign up for the course and complete the necessary modules. -
Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
40 - 156 weeks
English
Online
 
ESPM – Brasil
São Paulo, Brazil +1 More

The course provides the preparation of managers to act in this changing new context, by balancing theoretical foundations, case studies and market practices.

The course provides the preparation of managers to act in this changing new context, by balancing theoretical foundations, case studies and market practices. -
Postgraduate Diploma
Part-time
3 semesters
Portuguese
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
 
SAIT - Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Calgary, Canada

If you’ve ever picked up a print publication, visited a website, admired a logo or looked at an advertisement, then you are already familiar with some of the end products of t ... +

If you’ve ever picked up a print publication, visited a website, admired a logo or looked at an advertisement, then you are already familiar with some of the end products of the digital graphics industry. The Graphic Communications and Print Technology program is designed to prepare you for a career in these exciting fields. You acquire industry-specific skills in electronic file management, print management, and production, print administration, estimating, printing service coordination that ensure your success in the industry. -
Diploma
Full-time
2 years
English
10 Jan 2022
Campus