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BA (Hons) Graphic Design

The online BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme teaches you the fundamentals of graphic design, honing your skills in design softwares and design thinking, as you build up a portfolio of professional-level design work.

What You'll Learn

Master the Fundamentals

Throughout the BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme, you’ll build your confidence in the essential design skills and the use of creative techniques in research and visual presentation.

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of core principles in typography, layout, image making and other key areas – and will learn how to use these principles to craft a compelling visual message.

Key Modules

Visual Communication, Graphic Design Essentials Part 1, Graphic Design Essentials Part 2

Learn to Promote Yourself

During your studies, you’ll develop your own unique and creative design profile, learning how to communicate your personal attributes through a portfolio that maximises your career opportunities.

You’ll address key issues and concerns in self-promotion, considering your portfolio of design work in a number of physical and digital formats – and will learn how to present it to a variety of professional audiences and clients.

Key Modules

Graphic Design: Professional Development, Graphic Design Advanced Practice 2

Become Industry Aware

Widen your knowledge of the design industry by investigating historical movements, leading creative practitioners, contemporary consultancies and progressive design culture around the world.

You’ll become familiar with a range of modern graphic design practices and debates, and will gain a deep understanding of their role in contemporary culture.

Key Modules

Critical and Cultural Studies (Level 4, 5 and 6)

Utilise Multiple Mediums

Learn to use freehand, technical and digital methods to equip yourself with all of the valuable skills needed in the multi-skilled professional workplace.

You’ll build a variety of skills in typography, layout, print formats and production, digital design software and problem-solving – producing a portfolio of both print and digital graphic design outcomes.

Key Modules

Visual Communication, Graphic Design Essentials Part 1, Graphic Design Essentials Part 2, Graphic Design: Professional Development

Improve Your Typography

Through your BA studies you’ll gain an understanding of the power of typography, and you’ll gain the professionalism and knowledge to apply it.

Fully understanding typography and how it can be used for both clarity and visual expression may be one of the most important things you can do to improve your design portfolio.

Key Modules

Graphic Design Essentials Part 1, Graphic Design Essentials Part 2, Graphic Design Live Projects

Complete Live Award Briefs

Take the opportunity to enter live briefs and respond to international student design awards and competitions as part of your studies.

Opportunities to enter awards and competitions are built into selected modules at both Level 5 and Level 6. Past IDI graphic design students have been successful in awards such as the D&AD New Blood Awards, the Adobe Student Achievement Awards and more.

Key Modules

Graphic Design Advanced Practice 1

The Interactive Design Institute has been partnered with the University of Hertfordshire since 2008, with the aim of giving everyone the opportunity to get their creative degree from a UK university without having to attend on-campus.

87% of our Masters students achieve Commendation or Distinction
Over 1000 online students from over 70 countries
72% of our undergraduate students gain a 2:1 or above

*All statistics taken from our Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Report 2017/18.

Course Overview

  • Level 4: Certificate of Higher Education

    The first level of your degree is designed to improve your core knowledge and understanding of design and the creative industries.

    You’ll explore and develop a foundation of fundamental skills in a wide range of media, using both traditional graphic design techniques and industry standard digital software.

  • Level 5: Diploma of Higher Education

    In this next level, you’ll develop your newfound skills through advanced practice activities in design thinking, idea generation, development and presentation.

    You’ll start to build your own brand and explore key aspects of self-promotion – such as personal stationery and the design and creation of printed and digital portfolios.

  • Level 6: BA (Hons)

    In your final bachelor’s level, you’ll focus on building a portfolio of professional-level graphic design work, while developing a critical approach to your design process.

    You’ll work on professional projects such as live briefs and design competitions. You’ll also be encouraged to expand your self-promotion work through innovative 3D packaging design.

Start Dates & Schedules

The four-year graphic design degree programme is split into three levels: Levels 4, 5 & 6.

While you’re studying, we recommend you set aside a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for activities, as well as additional time to read supporting materials and for discussion with your tutors and peers.

Study Pattern for Loan-Funding Students

For students paying for the programme by part-time tuition fee loan, the BA (Hons) Graphic Design is taught over 5 years, with a semester-long break in each Level.

Amanda Hamilton, Programme Coordinator for the online graphic design degree programme

Amanda Hamilton,
Programme Coordinator

Meet Your Programme Coordinators

As the Programme Coordinator for the BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme, Amanda will be your first point of contact for any non-tutorial enquiries.

Amanda has oversight of all aspects of the programme, and will therefore be best-placed to provide you with guidance and advice throughout the entirety of your studies.