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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.

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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

Graphic Design study abroad programs

Graphic design undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in graphic design

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    Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management (Product Design and Production Management) - BSc Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,202 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,202 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Architectural Technology and Design - BSc (Hons) (with foundation) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,088 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,850 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Art & Design - BA Hanover College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    40 months
    Annual tuition fee
    43,268 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,268 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Art & Design - BA Millersville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,232 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,232 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Art & Visual Studie: Digital Art & Design - BA Whittier College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,924 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,924 USD

    Start date
    January, 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
    10,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,740 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Art: Graphic Design - AA St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,660 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,660 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
    10,575 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,575 USD

    Start date
    June, September, January, April
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    Interior Decoration and Design - AA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,139 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,600 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
    Show program overview about Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and Design
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    Communication Design: Graphic Design - AASc Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,655 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,655 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
    Show program overview about Communication Design: Graphic Design

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
    12,488 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,803 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Advertising & Graphic Design
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    Communication Design: Design and Media Stream - UGDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,439 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,045 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Digital Fabrication & Design - Dip Selkirk College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,238 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,120 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Graphic Design - Dip Gordon Institute of TAFE, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,189 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,946 AUD

    Start date
    February
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    Graphic Design: Vocational (Sydney Campus) - DipHE AIT Academy of Interactive Technology, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    15 months
    Annual tuition fee
    3,805 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,775 AUD

    Start date
    September, February, May
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Certificate in graphic design

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    Advanced Digital Design and Development: Design - Cert North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,141 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,335 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Graphic Design/Digital Imaging - Cert Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,740 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Art and Design Foundation - OCCert George Brown College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,247 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,823 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Art and Design Foundation (G108)
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    Art and Design Foundations - OCCert Mohawk College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,116 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,648 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
    13,009 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,503 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
    Show program overview about Art and Design Fundamentals

Pathway in graphic design

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    Art and Design - FD Kaplan International College London: University of Westminster, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,626 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,220 GBP

    Start date
    May, September, January
    Show program overview about Art and Design, Foundation Certificate
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    Art: Design and Media - UGP Nottingham Trent International College (at Nottingham Trent University), UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,926 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,300 GBP

    Start date
    May, September, January, February
    Show program overview about Art, Design and Media
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    Art: Design and Media: Foundation Certificate - FD University of Brighton International College, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,610 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,840 GBP

    Start date
    May, September, January
    Show program overview about Art, Design and Media, Foundation Certificate
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    Art and Design (Foundation Year) - FdA Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,075 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,840 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Integrated Foundation Year for Art and Design - FD Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,287 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,585 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Integrated Foundation Year for Art and Design

Graphic design graduate programs

Master's in graphic design

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    Design Innovation - MA Domus Academy, Italy

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,683 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,900 EUR

    Start date
    October
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    Art and Design - MRes KdG University of Applied Sciences, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,708 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,102 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Digital Art & Design: Fine Arts & Technology - 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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    Communication Design - MA University of Europe for Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,871 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,938 EUR

    Start date
    September, March
    Show program overview about Communication Design
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    Communication Design - MA Falmouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,749 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Communication Design MA

Doctorate in graphic design

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    Design and Planning - PhD University of Manitoba, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,584 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,859 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Design - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,935 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,360 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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Diploma in graphic design

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    Communication Design (Exchange District Campus) - PGDip Red River College Polytechnic, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,353 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,966 CAD

    Start date
    August
    Show program overview about Communication Design
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    Design: Fashion Design - GradDip Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,899 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,630 NZD

    Start date
    July, November, February
    Show program overview about Design: Fashion Design

Certificate in graphic design

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    Graphic Design - OCGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,934 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,403 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Graphic Design
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    Technology and Design with Engineering and Manufacturing - PGCE Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,683 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,320 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about PGCE Technology and Design with Engineering and Manufacturing - Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (Coleraine campus)
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    Secondary Art and Design - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,074 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,050 GBP

    Start date
    January, February
    Show program overview about Secondary Art and Design

Pathway in graphic design

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,244 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,340 GBP

    Start date
    May, July, September, January
    Show program overview about Art, Design and Media, Pre-Master’s

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.