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Graphic Design degrees abroad

Graphic design is the study of how information is conveyed through visual content.

As a graphic design student, you’ll explore how different design mediums, such as illustration, typography, iconography, and photography, can be used to communicate messages. You’ll develop your design skills to create visual content that meets specific project briefs and optimizes user experience.

Studying graphic design abroad is a great way to combine your education with your desire to travel the world. In a field that’s ever-changing, with new concepts and trends always on the horizon, you’ll build an internationally-inspired portfolio. You’ll observe first-hand how cultural contexts shape the visual content produced by other countries, and your new surroundings will spark your own creativity.

Graphic Design program structure

There are plenty of ways to study graphic design. Some universities offer short, intensive graphic design courses that typically require around three months of full-time study. These don’t usually require any previous experience and will provide you with a basic understanding of the field.

The most popular way to study graphic design is to complete a BA over three or four years. If you’re interested in getting a postgraduate qualification, a master’s degree can be studied over one or two years, followed by a PhD which takes five years on average to finish.

Graphic design programs are heavily structured around your practical work. As such, you’ll likely have more workshops and seminars than lectures. This means you’ll have more opportunities to think and design creatively with the guidance and support of faculty. You’ll probably be assessed through a mixture of design portfolios, essays, reports, and presentations.

Graphic design is a flexible course with a wide range of elective modules to choose from. While the precise content of graphic design programs will vary between institutions, there are some core areas of study, including:

  • Typography
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Principles of visual communication
  • Design for online and print
  • Cultural, historical and contemporary influences on graphic design
  • Graphic design theory

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Graphic Design study abroad programs

Graphic design undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in graphic design

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    Advertising/Graphic Design - BA Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,185 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,185 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Art & Design: Emphasis in Graphic Design - BFA Campbellsville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Art (Graphic Design) - BFA University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Art - Graphic Design - BFA Auburn University at Montgomery, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,336 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,336 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Art and Design: Graphic Design - BA/BFA Alma College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    42,352 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 42,352 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in graphic design

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    Applied Graphic Design/Digital Imaging - AA Laney College, 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, June
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    Computer Technology: Technical Computer Graphics - AASc Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,155 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Graphic Communication: Graphic Design - AASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Graphic Communications: Graphic Design - AASc College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Graphic Design - AASc Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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Diploma in graphic design

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    Advertising & Graphic Design - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,029 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Graphic Design - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,902 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Graphic Design - Dip Toronto Film School, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,352 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,044 CAD

    Start date
    October, January, April, July
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Certificate in graphic design

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    Applied Graphic Design/Digital Imaging - Cert Laney College, 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, June
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Pathway in graphic design

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    Graphic Design (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,583 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,700 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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Graphic design graduate programs

Master's in graphic design

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    Computer Graphic Design - MCGD University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,505 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,670 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Digital Art & Design: Graphic Design - MFA New York Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,000 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Digital Art and Design: Graphic Design - MA University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    7,330 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,930 EUR

    Start date
    September, February, June
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    Fine Arts: Graphic Design - MFA University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,313 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,500 NZD

    Start date
    July, August, September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June
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    Graphic Design - MA University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,319 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in graphic design

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    Fine Arts: Graphic Design - PGDipFineArts University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,313 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,500 NZD

    Start date
    January
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    Graphic Design - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,023 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,686 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in graphic design

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    Graphic Design - GradCert Centennial College, Canada
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    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,667 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,229 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future graphic design careers

As a graphic design graduate, you’ll have a range of creative career paths open to you. Your ability to produce original and memorable visual content will help you succeed in any of the following roles:

  • Graphic designer
  • Brand designer
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Concept artist
  • Printmaker
  • Creative director
  • VFX artist

One of the best ways to gather experience, network with professionals, and improve your employability is to complete an internship with a design agency. Speak to your university’s career service to see if they have any partnerships with companies who might be able to offer you a placement.