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Discover more about the people who study on online art and design courses with IDI. Hear what they have to say about studying online and take a closer look at their work.

Derek Lawrie, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Derek Lawrie, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

After researching thoroughly online, Derek decided that IDI offered the best opportunity for someone in full-time employment to earn a degree qualification. As a Graphic Designer for the NHS, he enrolled on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course with IDI, delivered in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, with a view to improving his knowledge and skills.

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Emily Taylor, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Emily Taylor, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

After leaving school, Emily searched for a university course that would combine her twin passions of creativity and technology. She found the perfect match in graphic design and enrolled on a course at a campus-based university. However, like so many people, she quickly found that this type of study was not the right option for her.

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Fiona Lyall, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Fiona Lyall, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Fiona was already employed as a graphic designer prior to enrolling on the online BA (Hons) Graphic Design course with IDI, delivered in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. After finding progression in her career difficult, she decided that gaining an accredited qualification would increase her chances of success.

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Christopher Parsons, BA (Hons) Illustration

Christopher Parsons, BA (Hons) Illustration

After suffering a serious brain injury, Christopher decided that he was unable to complete his studies in art and design at an attendance-based university. However, he discovered that online study was an option that would enable him to continue, and he enrolled on the BA (Hons) Illustration course with IDI, delivered in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.

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Kate Leigh, BA (Hons) Illustration

Kate Leigh, BA (Hons) Illustration

Kate Leigh is a student on the BA (Hons) Illustration course from the University of Hertfordshire, delivered online by IDI. Working as a freelance music teacher and with a young son to look after, the option of attending a traditional campus university was not open to her. However, she has found that the flexibility offered by studying online with IDI has enabled her to work towards her dream of becoming a professional illustrator at the same time as managing her work and family commitments.

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Sonja Coles, BA (Hons) Fine Art

Sonja Coles, BA (Hons) Fine Art

Sonja has recently completed the online ABC Awards Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media with IDI. She excelled on the course, achieving a distinction, and has chosen to continue her studies with IDI on the BA (Hons) Fine Art course, awarded by the University of Hertfordshire. We spoke to Sonja to discover more about her experience studying online so far, and to ask her why she made the decision to continue as an IDI student:

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Mandy Reeve, Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art, Design & Media)

Mandy Reeve, Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art, Design & Media)

Mandy is studying on the Foundation Diploma (Art, Design and Media) online with IDI. We spoke to her to find out more about her experiences on the course and if she is planning to use her qualification to carry on to a BA (Hons) study.

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Jacinta Moore, BA (Hons) Fine Art

Jacinta Moore, BA (Hons) Fine Art

Jacinta has just completed her first semester of the BA (Hons) Fine Art course from the University of Hertfordshire, delivered 100% online by IDI. We asked Jacinta if her studies so far were as she expected and if she is enjoying working online towards her dream of becoming a professional artist.

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Hayley Jensen, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Hayley Jensen, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Hayley is studying on the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course from the University of Hertfordshire, delivered online by IDI. Already an accomplished designer with a Dubai based interior design company, Hayley decided that achieving a recognised qualification would help her feel more established in her career. She has been kind enough to share her thoughts on studying online, and to explain why she chose to study with IDI:

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Julius Smit, MA Photography (Visual Communication)

Julius Smit, MA Photography (Visual Communication)

Julius Smit is studying on the MA Photography (Visual Communication) course from the University of Hertfordshire, delivered online by IDI. Already accustomed to distance learning after studying various subjects at undergraduate level, Julius knew what he was looking for when he chose to study photography at postgraduate level online. So far, he is enjoying being part of a global creative community as a master’s student with IDI.

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Carlos Villarreal Kwasek, MA Illustration (Visual Communication)

Carlos Villarreal Kwasek, MA Illustration (Visual Communication)

Carlos Villarreal is studying with IDI on the online MA Illustration (Visual Communication) course as part of the Postgraduate Programme in Art and Design from the University of Hertfordshire. We spoke to him to find out more about his experience as an IDI master's student and what he hopes to gain from his qualification:

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Abi Giles, BA (Hons) Photography

Abi Giles, BA (Hons) Photography

Abi Giles has just come to the end of her studies with IDI on the BA (Hons) Photography course from the University of Hertfordshire. Before she set off to start her career, we asked her how she found the course and if studying photography online met with her expectations.

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Ken Maharajah, BA (Hons) Illustration

Ken Maharajah, BA (Hons) Illustration

Ken Maharajah is studying on the BA (Hons) Illustration course from the University of Hertfordshire, delivered 100% online by IDI. At 62 years old, he was initially concerned about going back to education as a mature student. However, with the close support of his tutors and fellow students, his concerns are now well behind him and Ken is thoroughly enjoying the experience of studying towards an accredited degree online.

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Emma Davies, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Emma Davies, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Emma Davies is studying online with IDI on the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course from the University of Hertfordshire. She is hoping that gaining an internationally respected qualification will help her learn industry relevant skills and set her on the path to starting up a business of her own.

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Clare Mansell, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Clare Mansell, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Clare Mansell recently finished her studies with IDI on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course from the University of Hertfordshire, achieving excellent grades and getting her Certificate of Higher Education. With 20 years of experience in the creative industries working in broadcasting, she hopes that a degree in graphic design will help to advance her career into other areas.

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Alysha McDowell, BA (Hons) Illustration

Alysha McDowell, BA (Hons) Illustration

Pursuing her dream career as an illustrator, veterinary nurse Alysha McDowell was studying online with IDI towards a BA (Hons) Illustration degree from the University of Hertfordshire. She has found that online study has been the perfect solution for helping to gain the required qualifications to fulfil her ambition of becoming an editorial illustrator without having to put her life on hold.

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Kristina Jones, BA (Hons) Illustration

Kristina Jones, BA (Hons) Illustration

Kristina Jones is studying towards a BA (Hons) Illustration degree from the University of Hertfordshire, delivered 100% online by IDI. Living as a Canadian national in Ukraine, working full-time as a drama and music teacher, and caring for her four year old daughter, if it wasn't for the opportunity presented by online study, Kristina would not have been able to follow her dream of becoming an illustrator. Now taking full advantage of the chance to earn an internationally respected degree, Kristina is preparing herself for a bright future in the illustration industry.

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Sylwia Szwarczewska, BA (Hons) Photography

Sylwia Szwarczewska, BA (Hons) Photography

Sylwia Szwarczewska is studying the BA (Hons) Photography course from the University of Hertfordshire, delivered 100% online by IDI. She hopes that the advanced photography skills she acquires during her studies will help her launch a successful career as a professional photographer.

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Harry Needs, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Harry Needs, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

With the training demands of representing Britain as a professional swimmer, there appeared to be no way that Harry Needs would be able to fit university into his busy schedule. However, with the opportunities offered by a flexible degree from IDI, delivered in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, he discovered he could free up enough time in his daily routine for study. Now realising his artistic potential on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course, Harry is well on his way to setting himself on the path to a creative career after life in the pool.

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Susan Alex Percival, BA (Hons) Illustration

Susan Alex Percival, BA (Hons) Illustration

Susan Alex Percival is a student on the BA (Hons) Illustration course. She was initially introduced to the possibility of studying an art degree online by a friend who explained to her how online study worked. Susan already had to split her time between working and taking care of her family, and had ruled out an attendance based course; the possibility of a flexible online course that lead to a qualification from the University of Hertfordshire appealed. Now settled into the online BA (Hons) Illustration course, she has found that being able to choose where and when she studies, as well as the reduced fees, just what she was looking for:

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Deborah Priestley, BA (Hons) Photography

Deborah Priestley, BA (Hons) Photography

IDI student Deborah Priestley has always been keen to study photography, but underlying problems with her health made it difficult for her to consider this seriously. After becoming familiar with the benefits of studying online due to her job – Deborah found herself training people using e-learning - she began wonder whether a similar programme could suit her needs. Researching her options, she found that IDI provided just the opportunity she was looking for:

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Gillian Davies, BA (Hons) Illustration

Gillian Davies, BA (Hons) Illustration

Gillian has always been interested in art and design and she was excited by the opportunity that studying with IDI offered her, to combine degree level study with her full-time job as a Learning Mentor. Now well on her way to achieving a degree, Gillian is looking forward to a bright future in the creative industries.

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Trudy Stade, BA (Hons) Photography

Trudy Stade, BA (Hons) Photography

Trudy is a student on the BA (Hons) Photography course with IDI, delivered in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. As a busy mother of two, she has found that the flexibility of online study, along with the one-to-one support of her tutors, has enabled her to fit her course work around her family commitments.

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Gordon Stewart, BA (Hons) Photography

Gordon Stewart, BA (Hons) Photography

Before enrolling on the BA (Hons) Photography course with IDI, delivered in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, marketing director Gordon Stewart was already a keen photographer. Travelling around the world on frequent business trips, he would always take his camera and photograph his surroundings in between meetings.

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Jessica Klein, BA (Hons) Illustration

Jessica Klein, BA (Hons) Illustration

Jessica Klein is studying online with IDI on the BA (Hons) Illustration course from the University of Hertfordshire. She is hoping that an industry relevant degree will lead her closer to her dream of setting up her own footwear design company.

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Graham Watson, BA (Hons) Photography

Graham Watson, BA (Hons) Photography

With his time already split between three jobs, Graham Watson thought that he would never become a professionally accredited photographer. However, after researching his options, he decided that an online course that would allow him to study in his own time presented the perfect opportunity. Now working towards a fully accredited BA (Hons) in photography with IDI, Graham has managed to find a place for Higher Education in his busy life.

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Michal Dzikowski, BA (Hons) Photography

Michal Dzikowski, BA (Hons) Photography

Extreme adventurer Michal Dzikowski enrolled on the University of Hertfordshire accredited BA (Hons) Photography course with IDI as he felt his knowledge of photography theory was in need of refining.  Although he has found balancing full-time work with degree level study to be a challenge, he has already witnessed the benefits of the new skills he has learned, put to use on a recent trip to the Himalayas as an official expedition photographer. Michal is quickly finding that studying online with IDI is taking him closer to realising his dream of becoming a professional travel photographer.

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Heloise Evans, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Heloise Evans, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Heloise Evans is currently studying on the University of Hertfordshire accredited BA (Hons) Graphic Design course online with IDI. She chose IDI over other online providers for the fact that the focus of all the courses was on art and design:

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Andrei Lefter, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Andrei Lefter, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Having achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy, Andrei Lefter followed in his father’s footsteps and became a full time Pharmacist. However, after four years working as a Pharmacist in Romania, followed by three years in the UK, Andrei yearned for a change of direction. He made the decision to do what he could to follow a more creative career path and began to look into his options.

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Aisha Shaikh, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Aisha Shaikh, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Aisha Shaikh is a recent graduate of the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course which IDI delivers online in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. Aisha was first drawn to the online course as it enabled her to gain a relevant degree from a top ranking UK university without having to travel. Since graduating, she has found her BA (Hons) qualification has opened up new opportunities for her in the interior architecture and design industry and she is now well on her way to a successful career.

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Jessica Aumonier, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Jessica Aumonier, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

“As a more mature student, online study just makes sense and with the right organisation and dedication, there is no reason why it should have any sort of a negative impact on your current lifestyle."

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Robert McColl, BA (Hons) Photography

Robert McColl, BA (Hons) Photography

After more than 10 years in the information technology sector, and currently working as a business analyst, Rob McColl came to the decision that he wanted to pursue his interest in photography by studying towards a degree. However, with the time commitment required by his job, he quickly ruled out an attendance-based course as an option that was open to him:

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Matthew Wood, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Matthew Wood, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Matthew Wood thought he had left it too late to gain the qualifications he needed to start a career in design. Having to work full time in order to pay his rent, he decided that attendance based study was not a viable option. Now studying online towards a BA Graphic Design, Matthew has found IDI’s flexible approach enables him to balance his work commitments with full-time study.

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Bjorg Elise Tuppen, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Bjorg Elise Tuppen, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Bjørg-Elise T-A Tuppen is one of many talented creatives studying from outside of the UK with IDI. Following her dream of becoming a professional graphic designer, she is well on her way to achieving an internationally respected BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design online.

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Bridget Irving, BA (Hons) Illustration

Bridget Irving, BA (Hons) Illustration

Before beginning her studies online with IDI, Bridget Irving was already working in design but felt that she needed to gain a respected qualification to advance her professional prospects. As Bridget was unable to give up working full-time, she turned to the option of online study to see what it could offer her, discovering courses delivered by IDI in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire:

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Nicola Eagle, Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art, Design & Media)

Nicola Eagle, Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art, Design & Media)

Living as a British expat in Bahrain, Nicola Eagle thought her chances of going back to university to study were, “verging on the impossible.” However, after researching her options she found that a distance learning course with IDI offered her the opportunity to study in her own time without having to worry about travel. Now a student on the level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media, she is well on her way to gaining a recognised qualification.

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Andrew Hayes, BA (Hons) Photography

Andrew Hayes, BA (Hons) Photography

Despite his disability, Andrew Hayes has managed to find the time and courage to pursue his creative talent into higher education. Attending university was not be a feasible option for Andrew; a flexible, online course that would allow him to study from home was better suited to his requirements. Now studying towards a BA in photography with IDI Andrew is well on his way to realising his potential as a music photographer.

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Robert Rowlands, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture And Design

Robert Rowlands, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture And Design

After working as a chartered surveyor for 40 years, Robert Rowlands finally decided to explore his interest in interior architecture and design by studying towards a qualification. As managing director of his own property development business, a full-time, attendance-based degree was never an option.

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Emma Horsfield, BA (Hons) Illustration

Emma Horsfield, BA (Hons) Illustration

Emma Horsfield has overcome many personal struggles to pursue her desire to gain a creative qualification. Now studying towards a BA (Hons) in Illustration with IDI, she has found that an adaptable and flexible approach has enabled her to fit a degree around her hectic family life.

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Sue Abbot, BA (Hons) Photography

Sue Abbot, BA (Hons) Photography

Sue Abbot has always wanted to dedicate more time to photography but other commitments have always taken priority. Now enrolled on the online BA (Hons) photography course with IDI, she has found the perfect balance of studying, spending time with her family and working.

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