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Study graphic design abroad

An in-depth guide to studying graphic design as an international student.

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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

Types of graphic design degrees

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Graphic design study abroad programs

Graphic design undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in graphic design

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    Graphic Design - BA/BFA Lipscomb University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,860 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,860 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Graphic Design - BA Indiana Wesleyan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,184 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,184 USD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Graphic Design - BFA Pacific Northwest College of Art, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,375 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,375 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Studio Art - Graphic Design - BFA Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Graphic Design - BA/BFA University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,000 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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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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    Graphic Design - AA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,354 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,250 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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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
    January, August
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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
    January, September
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    Graphic Design - ASc Santiago Canyon 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
    February, June, August
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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
    12,101 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Graphic Design - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,426 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,825 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Graphic Design with Co-op - UGDip Institute of Technology Development of Canada, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    22 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,127 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,350 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Graphic Design - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,980 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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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
    14,858 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Graphic design graduate programs

Master's in graphic design

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    Graphic Design Practice - MA Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,948 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Graphic Design - MCGD University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    23,958 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,670 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Graphic Design - MA University of Portsmouth, UK
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,564 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Graphic Design - MDes University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,424 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,250 GBP

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

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,296 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,840 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in graphic design

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    Graphic Design - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,102 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
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,743 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.