Diploma Programs in Design Studies

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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Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design
Kraków, Poland

Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design (Poland, Europe) offers a two-and-half-year full-time program for international students. Our staff, all specialists in different areas ... +

Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design (Poland, Europe) offers a two-and-half-year full-time program for international students. Our staff, all specialists in different areas of art and design, provide a program of study that enables a student to release his full potential. -
Diploma
Full-time
5 semesters
English, Polish
Oct 2020
Campus
 
Campus Caraïbéen des Arts
Fort-de-France Bay, Martinique (Fr.)

The design option offers students the opportunity to understand the world and the environment, interpret them and design proposals for objects or object systems in line with c ... +

The design option offers students the opportunity to understand the world and the environment, interpret them and design proposals for objects or object systems in line with changing needs. -
Diploma
Full-time
3 years
French
Mar 2020
Campus
 
CSVPA
Cambridge, United Kingdom

This course is fundamental for those who want to study graphics and illustration. If you want to learn in a creative environment that encourages artistic exploration, then thi ... +

This course is fundamental for those who want to study graphics and illustration. If you want to learn in a creative environment that encourages artistic exploration, then this course is perfect for you -
Diploma
Full-time
English
Jan 2020
Campus
 
L’École De Design Nantes Atlantique
Nantes, France

This program, organized in two years, offers a specialization in the fields of industrial design. Product design is a design activity concerning consumer goods (household appl ... +

This program, organized in two years, offers a specialization in the fields of industrial design. Product design is a design activity concerning consumer goods (household appliances, cars, furniture, packaging, homeware, etc), as well as capital goods (professional equipment, tools, public transport, street furniture, etc.), whether they are manufactured on an industrial scale or by craft production. -
Diploma
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
Hong Kong Design Institute
Hong Kong

The programme will allow students to study culture and lifestyle and how these factors influence the design of a product. Students will also learn to conduct research, analyse ... +

The programme will allow students to study culture and lifestyle and how these factors influence the design of a product. Students will also learn to conduct research, analyse product and market trend, master technology and produce a concept to rejuvenate or enhance products. -
Advanced Diploma
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Emeritus Institute of Management
Singapore

In a world that grows more complex and intensely connected each day, strategy and design thinking are no longer just the playground of design-focused companies. Organizations ... +

In a world that grows more complex and intensely connected each day, strategy and design thinking are no longer just the playground of design-focused companies. Organizations of every type and industry can (and must) use core design principles and applied creativity to develop innovative strategies that better connect them with their end users. -
Postgraduate Diploma
Part-time
9 months
English
18 Mar 2020
Online
 
Langara Centre for Entertainment Arts
Vancouver, Canada

Master today’s digital technology. Our Advanced 3D Animation program provides you with a comprehensive 3D animation skillset which will allow you to confidently enter producti ... +

Master today’s digital technology. Our Advanced 3D Animation program provides you with a comprehensive 3D animation skillset which will allow you to confidently enter production-ready roles in the fast-growing film and animation industry. -
Diploma
Full-time
2 years
English
04 May 2020
14 Apr 2020
Campus
 
École Intuit.Lab
Mumbai, India

Students will learn the basics of visual arts and various artistic techniques while developing their creativity. They will also build their portfolio and undergo a year-long p ... +

Students will learn the basics of visual arts and various artistic techniques while developing their creativity. They will also build their portfolio and undergo a year-long personal project. -
Diploma
Full-time
4 years
English
Jul 2020
Campus
 
Royal College of Art
London, United Kingdom

The Graduate Diploma Art & Design prepares you for Master’s study in Art and Design. We focus on developing proficiency in the independent learning methods and practices o ... +

The Graduate Diploma Art & Design prepares you for Master’s study in Art and Design. We focus on developing proficiency in the independent learning methods and practices of art and design, and on introducing you to the role and influence of art and design in the world today. We aim to make you better informed about the study options available to you, as well as the possible career paths that you might follow beyond graduation. -
Graduate Diploma
Full-time
30 weeks
English
Mar 2020
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
01 Jun 2020
01 May 2020
Campus
 
Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Bengaluru, India

Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology now gives undergraduate students of any discipline a unique opportunity: a year to find the time and a space to fill with idea ... +

Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology now gives undergraduate students of any discipline a unique opportunity: a year to find the time and a space to fill with ideas, with engagement, with passion and with an exploration of the possibilities of a better career and profession. -
Postgraduate Diploma
English
Jul 2020
Campus
 
Raffles University Iskandar
Johor Bahru, Malaysia

The new Diploma in Interior Design is industry focused and relevant to the workplace as students will have acquired the skills in designing businesses, creativity, and technic ... +

The new Diploma in Interior Design is industry focused and relevant to the workplace as students will have acquired the skills in designing businesses, creativity, and technical skills needed by the industry. -
Diploma
Full-time
2 years
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
Campus
 
Tecnológico de Monterrey (Educación Continua Presencial)
Puebla City, Mexico +1 More

The objective of this program is to approach the world of interior design and decoration. Acquire knowledge that allows you to improve or modify your environment with the deve ... +

The objective of this program is to approach the world of interior design and decoration. Acquire knowledge that allows you to improve or modify your environment with the development of a project where different indispensable concepts are displayed. -
Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
96 hours
Spanish
29 May 2020
Campus
 
Toronto Film School
Toronto, Canada

With the flexibility and convenience of studying online and part-time, the Graphic Design and Interactive Media Diploma will teach you the skills needed to create compelling v ... +

With the flexibility and convenience of studying online and part-time, the Graphic Design and Interactive Media Diploma will teach you the skills needed to create compelling visual solutions across print, digital, and motion graphics. You will work with creative briefs and explore multiple designs platforms including communications, marketing, and branding while honing your layout, editorial, art direction, and packaging skills. Over the course of the program, you will build a well-rounded portfolio and learn the creative, technical and business skills needed to help launch your career in design. -
Diploma
Part-time
24 months
English
Oct 2020
Online