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Diploma programs can give students in-depth experiences to help them discover which topic of study would be most interesting as an area for further education. Some students use the skills gained to enter the workforce immediately with an advantage over those with less experience.

What is a diploma in design? Students entering the program are often introduced to a blend of technical and practical skills as they study the tactile and digital fields of design. Students can learn principles of engineering alongside the elements of design as they explore the art of visual communication. Design studies through various diploma programs include business strategies, entrepreneurial skills, fashion design, architecture or retail marketing, while others explore the digital realm of graphic design.

Students who complete a diploma in design often become skilled in project and time management through the many assignments they complete as they work on prototypes of their designs. Others gain strong visual skills that can help them create eye-catching designs.

Though earning a diploma may cost slightly more than earning a certificate, the benefits might make it worthwhile. There may also be government aid programs available to assist students working toward this goal. Students should inquire at the university or online program of their choice, as costs vary.

Diploma programs are a great way for students to decide if they are interested enough in a particular area to continue with a career that requires higher education, such as brand designer or animator. Those with diplomas can seek entry-level graphic designer or art director jobs or apply as a retail merchandiser with confidence that the hands-on skills acquired through earning a diploma sets them above the average applicant.

Opportunities for a diploma in design are worldwide. Students can learn the history of art in a country surrounded by centuries of art masters or study with the convenience of online learning. To begin, 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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LABA Firenze - Liberal Academy Of Fine Art

The LABA Design orientation is structured on the new ministerial order (3 +2). At the end of the first three years of training, the Postgraduate Diploma of 1st level (bac ... [+]

The LABA Design orientation is structured on the new ministerial order (3 +2). At the end of the first three years of training, the Postgraduate Diploma of 1st level (bachelor’s degree) is achieved, with the following two years the 2nd level Diploma (degree) is accomplished.

The course deals with the various aspects of design, including industrial design (product design) and interior design (interior furniture). The course is integrated with workshops which are organized every year at the Piaggio Foundation in Pontedera, in the context of Creativity (Ministerial competition) and in the Design Week festival which is held every year in Florence.

The Libera Accademia di Belle Arti of Florence, branch of the LABA in Brescia, has begun its activity from the 2001/02 academic year and many students have already graduated with thesis within the following disciplines: Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Interior Furniture Design, Light Design.... [-]

Italy Florence
October 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
South Cheshire College

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas are the equivalent of 3 A-Levels and carry university entry points so students are able to apply to higher education courses just as if the ... [+]

Level 3 Extended Diploma Courses at South Cheshire and West College

Extended Diploma courses have been designed in partnership with universities, employers and professional organisations, allowing students to develop skills for their future studies and employment.

The College is committed to academic excellence and our success rates are always above the national average. Once again our Level 3 BTEC results were excellent and we announced a 99.6% pass rate. At the state of the art campuses at Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester and a dedicated international office, students get all the support they need to settle in quickly and feel comfortable.

The Diploma Route to University!

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas are the equivalent of 3 A-Levels and carry university entry points so students are able to apply to higher education courses just as if they were taking A-Levels.... [-]

United Kingdom Crewe Chester
August 2020
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
Kensington and Chelsea College

This exciting and challenging one-year course will prepare you for applying to highly competitive degree courses. The course is structured in three parts, each building u ... [+]

Whatever your interests or ambitions, we offer an exciting range of fashion courses in our dedicated department, taught by specialist fashion professionals.

Our excellent links with Higher Education fashion and textiles courses in the London Area means that we can help you prepare a successful fashion course application.

Many of our students have progressed onto Higher Education, successfully set up small businesses, or gone on to work within the fashion industry. We have a reputation for the high standard of work produced, and entry to our courses is often competitive.

We cater for beginners through to the very experienced, aiming to be as flexible as possible to meet individual needs. Acceptance onto all our fashion courses is by individual interview. Where appropriate you will be asked to bring examples of your work. At interview we can build a personal study programme taking into account your existing skills and time available.... [-]

United Kingdom London
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Full-time
35 weeks
Campus
Sida Group Management Academy

Become a Designer, learn to design products, indoor and outdoor spaces, to create 3D models and prototypes. The idea is in your creativity. ... [+]

The course in Design for the achievement of the First Level Academic Diploma aims to ensure mastery of artistic methods and techniques and the acquisition of specific disciplinary and professional skills. The aim is to provide design and expressive knowledge and methodologies in the use of representation tools and artistic practices, with particular regard to Interior Design, Product Design and Garden Design, with a sustainable perspective. The designer conveys innovation under the creative, aesthetic, social and technological profile. Its design culture must be transversal, covering theoretical aspects and more specific technical skills. The goal is to let the designer acquire the qualities of problem solvers, making them able to understand and anticipate the needs of the market, mediate them with company intentions and translate them into a concrete and feasible project.... [-]

Italy Ancona Bologna Rome Naples Verona Milan  + 3 More
October 2019
Italian
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts

A 3 term course where you can explore Product Design, Spatial Design & Applied Craft from day one! ... [+]

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A 3 term course where you can explore Product Design, Spatial Design & Applied Craft from day one!

Have you always been interested in how products are designed, or do you like playing with space and moving things around to improve your environment? Are you full of ideas but just don’t know how you can develop and make them real?

If your passion lies in Product Design, Spatial Design or Applied Craft and you know you want to specialise in one of these subjects at university, but have not yet had the opportunity to develop your technical skills and build a portfolio then this course will get you on the right path to your chosen career.

Accredited by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body, this 3-term course is fundamental if you want to progress to university to study a 3D Design related degree. From day one, when you arrive in January you will explore these three core areas, specialising in your chosen area for your final major project.... [-]

United Kingdom Cambridge
August 2020
3 semesters
Campus
Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts

If you want to pursue a career in Art & Design and have not completed high school, this two-year programme is the ideal route for you and is essential if you want to ... [+]

About

If you want to pursue a career in Art & Design and have not completed high school, two-year year programme is the ideal route for you and is essential if you want to study Art & Design at Degree level.

What to Expect Year One

The first year is all about laying the foundations of art and design, giving you the basic fundamental art skills and developing creative approaches and ideas. You will develop your drawing skills through compulsory subjects areas including:

Visual Studies Life Drawing Contextual Studies English Language

From September through to March you will also be introduced to 2D and 3D creative design processes as well as lens-based media:

Fine Art Graphics Textiles & Surface Design Photography Moving Image ... [-]
United Kingdom Cambridge
August 2020
2 years
Campus
Campus Caraïbéen des Arts

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 w ... [+]

Option design, mention object design

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.

By integrating them into universal questioning, the students, anxious to make sense of the objects and their environment, discover the synergies between local materials and resources (wood, tropical plants, materials, light ...).

Short cycle

The National Diploma of Art (DNA) option design is awarded at the end of the 3rd year of studies.

Approved at level 3 (level II of the professional repertoire), it sanctions a curriculum of three years of higher education.... [-]

Martinique (Fr.) Fort-de-France Bay
March 2020
French
Full-time
3 years
Campus
VCAD Visual College of Art and Design

"The 72-week Architecture Design & Technology diploma program at VCAD will prepare you for a career working in architectural design as a cost estimator, building mate ... [+]

The 72-week Architecture Design & Technology diploma program at VCAD will prepare you for a career working in architectural design as a cost estimator, building materials associate, architectural technician, computer-aided design (CAD) modeler and more.

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Canada Vancouver
September 2020
Full-time
72 weeks
Campus
Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design

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 ... [+]

Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design is opened also for Polish students, who want to improve their language skills.

The number of places is limited. There are no entry exams. Classes are held in English.

Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design (SAPU) is the main organizer of Cracow Fashion Week.

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. After over 20 years of experience, the school has achieved a high standard and an excellent reputation. We have been able to place many students in Polish fashion companies, ranging from cutting-edge boutiques to the largest industrial enterprises listed on the Polish Stock Exchange. Some students have also found employment with international companies operating in a diverse range of countries.... [-]

Poland Kraków
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Full-time
5 semesters
Campus