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Design degrees abroad

A design degree will encompass a huge number of areas, offering a broad curriculum that encourages you to identify and develop your own focus. Most programs cover design across different materials, including ceramics, metal and textiles, and you’ll be able to work in creative studios using the latest technology.

Design is a way of understanding and engaging with the world through making and doing, and is an ideal subject if you have a practical and artist mind. You’ll get to explore the role of design within society and culture, and think innovatively about its future.

Studying design abroad opens up many great opportunities. You have the chance to study in locations that can inspire you, for example studying animation in Japan, or fashion in Italy. Design degree programs are available all over the world, so you won’t be short of options.

Design program structure

All design programs will have their on unique structure and curriculum. Many programs start by covering a broad base of design subjects, before allowing you to specialize in an area you’re most interested in and best suits your aspirations.

There are a wide range of design specializations you can choose to focus on, including graphic design, fashion design, interior design, furniture design or illustration. You could choose to study a program that covers these areas specifically, or study a more general design course that allows you to specialize.

Design is offered at a range of degree levels, including foundation, bachelor’s and master’s. A bachelor’s in design is offered as a BA, and will usually take three to four years to complete depending on where you study.

At postgraduate level you can study design as an MA, or some programs like building design or product design are offered as an MSc. Most master’s will take between one and two years to study full time.

Design programs are usually very practical, and will involve a lot of time spent in studios and working on your portfolio. You will also spend some time in lectures, seminars, tutorials and on placements. You’ll be assessed through written assignments, portfolios, projects and your dissertation.

The main subjects and areas that you will study on a design degree program include:

  • Introduction to design
  • Art and design history
  • Contemporary practices in design
  • Materials tools and processes
  • Communication design
  • Fashion and textile design
  • Three dimensional design
  • Professional practice
  • Design project / dissertation

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Design study abroad programs

Design undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in design

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    Theatre Design and Technology - BFA Baylor University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,544 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,544 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management (Apparel Merchandising Option) - BSc Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    May, August, January
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    Craft and Design: Furniture - BA (Hons) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,640 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,621 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Textile Design - BA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,387 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,680 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Media Arts and Design (Creative Advertising) - BA/BSc James Madison University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,150 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,150 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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Associate in design

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    Apparel Design and Merchandising - AA College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Architectural Design and Drafting - AASc Portland Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,290 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,290 USD

    Start date
    March, June, September, January
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    Architecture Design - ASc Diablo Valley College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Art: Design - AA Seattle Central College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    April, June, September, January
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    CIS Digital Design - AASc Southwestern Oregon Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,791 USD

    Start date
    March, September, January
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Diploma in design

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    Engineering Technology (Civil Engineering Design), Advanced - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,151 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Building Design: Architectural - AdvDip Gordon Institute of TAFE, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,273 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,736 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Civil Construction Design - AdvDip Outsource Institute Australia, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,814 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,500 AUD

    Start date
    February, April, July, October
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    Civil Construction Design (Adelaide Campus) - AdvDip Salford College, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,763 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 AUD

    Start date
    February, August
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    Communication Design: Interactive Media - UGDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,480 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,045 CAD

    Start date
    May, September, January
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Certificate in design

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    Network Design - Cert (Arts) St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Apparel Design and Merchandising - Cert College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Art and Design Fundamentals - Cert (Arts) (with placement) Georgian College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,369 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,577 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Art and Design Fundamentals - OCCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,335 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, July, September
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    Design Foundation - Cert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    January
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Pathway in design

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    Art, Design and Media - UGP Nottingham Trent University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,720 GBP

    Start date
    January, February, September, October
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    Games Design (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,146 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,700 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Design graduate programs

Master's in design

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    Art and Design, Advanced - MRes KdG University of Applied Sciences, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    2,695 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 2,588 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Interior Architecture and Design - MA University of Portsmouth, UK
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,854 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,150 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Design - MA University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,927 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Business Administration: Design Management - MBA EU Business School Geneva, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    36,480 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,029 EUR

    Start date
    March, October
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    Business Administration: Design Management - MBA EU Business School, Spain

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,714 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,850 EUR

    Start date
    March, October
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Doctorate in design

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    Design - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,627 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,480 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Art, Design and Performance - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,708 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    February, October
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Diploma in design

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    Interactive Media Design - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,406 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,626 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Mechanical Engineering Technician – Design - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,335 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in design

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    Applied Mechanical Design - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,406 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,626 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Technology and Design - GradCert Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    10 months
    Annual tuition fee
    5,839 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,830 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Game Level Design - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,864 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,621 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Kitchen and Bath Design - PGCert (with placement) Georgian College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,245 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,751 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Kitchen and Bath Design Post-Diploma - GradCert Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,753 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,772 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in design

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    Art, Design and Media, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Brighton, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,229 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,250 GBP

    Start date
    January, July, August, September
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Future design careers

Most students with design degrees will look to find employment in the creative and cultural industries, and many even set up their own business and work freelance. Here’s some of the most popular roles for design graduates:

  • Creative director
  • Print maker
  • Fashion designer
  • Art director
  • Graphic designer
  • Interior designer
  • Production designer
  • Game designer
  • UX designer

Which role and area you choose to go into will depend on the program you choose and what specialization you pursue. Therefore, if you know what design career you want, make sure the program you choose to study covers that area.