IDI was the first online provider in the UK approved to deliver a BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree by distance learning. Since then, we have gone on to develop some of the best online courses in art and design subjects. As pioneers of modern higher education, we would like to share with you a few of the reasons why so many people choose to study for a qualification online with IDI.

The same degree as attendance based students

As the University of Hertfordshire accredits all of the BA (Hons) and MA courses we teach, you will receive exactly the same learning experience and degree qualification as their attendance based students. There will be no mention of distance learning on your degree certificate and you will have access to the same digital resources as students at the university.

The difference with IDI study is that the university's curriculum has been carefully adapted for online delivery, enabling us to bring the coursework directly to you and allowing you to study in your own time with no need for attendance or travel.

Flexible study

At IDI we realise that most people often have far too many other commitments - work, family life, disabilities, etc. - to achieve the highest level of education they are capable of. University will always require a lot of your time, but by offering the option to study online according to your own schedule, we make achieving an accredited qualification much easier to manage.

With no real time lectures or tutorials and no formal exams there is never any need to attend the university or to study at a particular time. As long as you work to set semester deadlines, you can manage your own time and complete study tasks at times that suit you.

Flexible study also breaks barriers of time zones, allowing students from all over the world to gain a respected degree from an established UK university. Students from over 69 different countries are currently enrolled on IDI programmes and are benefiting from being part of a growing global creative community.

Unlimited tuition from professional tutors

Our professional tutors are experienced subject specialists in their respective fields. They are dedicated to helping you improve your skills in order to achieve the best possible grades. You can communicate with your tutors within your online studio as often as you feel is necessary. Student-tutor communication is asynchronous, which means that you have time to consider the messages you post, and your tutors are able to view your creative work and consider their responses. You can normally expect to receive a response from your tutor to any message that you post within 24 hours, Monday to Friday, but often the response is much faster than that.

Unlimited student support

We know from experience what our students need and how to provide it for them. Most people are surprised at the close level of one-to-one contact and support they receive from our tutors and staff and how personal the online study experience is.

The level of support our students experience during the online admissions process does not lessen once you become an enrolled student. Our Student Support Team are on hand Monday to Friday to answer your questions and help guide you throughout your studies. Our study website is simple to use but if you should have any problems, we have a dedicated Technical Support Team who will be happy to sort out any technical difficulties you may encounter.

Save money

As an investment in your future it costs less than you might expect. You achieve the same degree qualification as an attendance based student, however IDI’s tuition fees are considerably lower. We offer a range of discounts and payment plans, and many of our students are eligible for a self-employed or employer’s discount. Check our fee pages for full details or contact us to see what options work best for you.

Choose to study part-time

Part-time study is a popular option as, combined with our flexible structure, it allows you to continue working full-time, caring for your family or managing your other commitments alongside your degree studies. You will be provided with a guide to approximately how many hours it should take to complete each project and activity and your tutors will help you to keep on track. While studying creative subjects, even on a part-time basis, is always going to be time consuming, remember that you don't need to factor in time for commuting.

Streamlined admissions process

To make an enquiry you can speak to an Admissions Advisor on the telephone or communicate via email or on Live Chat. Your advisor will answer your questions and guide you through the application process.

Applying is free of charge. There are no lengthy UCAS forms to complete and absolutely no obligation to enrol on a course until you are fully prepared and comfortable. You will find from the word go that we really have simplified the online learning experience.

You will be surprised at how streamlined the admissions process is. When you have completed the short online application form, you will gain access to our online admissions area where your dedicated Admissions Advisor will help you to make the best possible application. You will be asked complete a profile providing details of your previous qualifications and experience and you'll have the opportunity to upload some examples of your creative work. If you are an adult returning to education, we can take into account the quality of your creative work and/or professional experience as well as your previous qualifications.

Once we have all of the information we need, we can normally give you a decision on your application within 24 hours.

Once you have received an offer of a place, your place will be secured when you have made a payment of fees. Your Admissions Advisor will make sure that you have all of the information you need about our fees, discounts and payment options.

You can be reassured that there is a two week grace period from the course start date during which you can decide to withdraw from your chosen course and receive a full refund.

Network on our forums

Our lively online forums allow you to meet your fellow students and share your work, inspiration, worries, tips, advice and difficulties. Despite never meeting face-to-face until graduation, you will find that you come to know your peers quite well. Our Communications Team also host a top art and design blog and post regular informative, inspiring and fun content on our social media channels. We would encourage you to visit these regularly and look out for the various design competitions we run throughout the year. There are some great prizes on offer.

Help is always on hand

Every course related query is usually answered within a maximum of 24 hours, Monday to Friday; however, it’s usually much quicker than that. You can contact the Student Support Team or the Technical Support Team directly from within your online studio, or from Monday to Friday between normal UK office hours they are just a telephone call away.

Attend graduation

Online courses seldom offer a graduation ceremony, but at IDI we think it’s only right to reward you for your hard work. All our successful students on the BA (Hons) and MA programmes are invited to attend a ceremony in the stunning surroundings of Edinburgh Castle. This gives you the opportunity to meet your fellow students and the IDI staff in person and celebrate your achievement the traditional way. Like all of our courses, attendance is not necessary but it is very much encouraged.

Find out more about how studying art and design courses online with IDI actually works.


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