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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

Types of design degrees

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Design study abroad programs

Design undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in design

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    Apparel Design & Product Development - BSc 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
    January, August
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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
    January, May, August
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    Craft and Design: Furniture - BA (Hons) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,422 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
    22,686 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,680 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Media Arts and Design (Interactive Design) - 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
    August, January, June
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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
    January, August
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    Architectural Design and Drafting: Residential - 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
    September, January, March, June
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    Civil Design Drafting Technology - 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
    August, January
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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
    September, January, April, June
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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
    September, January, March
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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
    12,889 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 AUD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,836 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,736 AUD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,039 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,045 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Digital Design - Dip Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    37,008 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 47,084 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Graphic and Digital Design - Dip (Des) University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,855 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,993 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    July, September, January
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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
    12,114 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Digital Design & Production - Cert College of the Desert, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,368 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,368 USD

    Start date
    August, 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
    19,852 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,720 GBP

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,776 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,700 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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Design graduate programs

Master's in design

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    Advanced Design & Manufacturing - MSc University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,365 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Architectural Engineering: Integrated Building Design - MArchEng University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    28,724 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,000 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Architecture: Sustainable Design - MArch University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    29,067 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,526 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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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
    2,683 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 2,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Interior Architecture and Design - MA University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,292 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,150 GBP

    Start date
    September
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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
    26,123 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,480 AUD

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,585 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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Diploma in design

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    Design: Industrial Design - GradDip Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,954 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,630 NZD

    Start date
    November, February, July
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    Fine Art and Design - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,568 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,516 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Interactive Media Design - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,068 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,626 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,993 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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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
    13,068 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,626 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    10 months
    Annual tuition fee
    6,099 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,830 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Fine Art and Design - PGCert University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,284 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,758 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Game Level Design - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,924 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,621 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
    15,541 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
    17,996 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,250 GBP

    Start date
    July, August, September, January
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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.