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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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Canadian College of Technology and Business
Vancouver, Canada

Increasing digitalization has generated new employment opportunities in both the business and the IT sector. Throughout this one-year post-secondary diploma program, you will ... +

Increasing digitalization has generated new employment opportunities in both the business and the IT sector. Throughout this one-year 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 User Experience and Interactive Design with Co-op program will equip you with the skills needed to enter a range of different roles including: Web Developer, Web Manager, Corporate Webmaster, Internet Site Designer, and Webmaster. -
Diploma
Full-time
96 - 137 weeks
English
Campus
Online
 
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. -
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Full-time
Part-time
12 months
English
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Toronto Film School
Toronto, Canada

The design program will prepare you to think critically and execute visual solutions across print, digital platforms and motion graphics. You will learn from a faculty of indu ... +

The design program will prepare you to think critically and execute visual solutions across print, digital platforms and motion graphics. You will learn from a faculty of industry-active designers who have a portfolio of communications, marketing, and branding solutions designed for brands such as Hudson’s Bay, Canada Post, TTC and Indigo Books & Music. You will explore multiple perspectives on the design process from a variety of guest speakers and outside creative professionals. You will graduate with a well-rounded portfolio and the creative and technical skills to launch your career. -
Diploma
Full-time
12 months
English
Campus
 

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IADE
Lisbon, Portugal

This Post-Graduation aims to contribute to the development of skills and experiences that better understand and access this growing “creative economy” through three areas cons ... +

This Post-Graduation aims to contribute to the development of skills and experiences that better understand and access this growing “creative economy” through three areas considered essential and transversal: Creative Thinking, Design and Advertising. -
Postgraduate Diploma
Part-time
10 months
Portuguese
Campus
 
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
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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
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Sunway University
Shah Alam, Malaysia

Students will learn about various aspects and techniques of graphic including its design application to packaging, corporate identity, publication design, environmental graphi ... +

Students will learn about various aspects and techniques of graphic including its design application to packaging, corporate identity, publication design, environmental graphics, advertising design and digital graphics. The development of fundamental skills through Drawing and Principles of Design will be the main focus of learning in Year One, with the inclusion of Typography and Computer Graphics. In the following year, the syllabus will build on creative conceptual design solutions in packaging, publication, corporate identity and other areas. The final year includes practice in a real working environment within advertising agencies and design houses. -
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Full-time
30 months
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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
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3 years
English
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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. -
Diploma
Full-time
2 years
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Hong Kong Design Institute
Hong Kong

The Department of Architecture, Interior and Product Design runs a one-semester three-dimensional broad-based curriculum common to all first-year Higher Diploma students study ... +

The Department of Architecture, Interior and Product Design runs a one-semester three-dimensional broad-based curriculum common to all first-year Higher Diploma students studying in Event and Exhibition Design, and Stage and Set Design. -
Advanced 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
Sep 2022
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