Design Diplomas and Courses

Find out what classes are offered in design and the length of time required to complete a diploma program. Get information about specializations in the field as well as career options. Schools offering Art degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Most design diplomas are available through technical or community colleges and allow you to train in graphic design or interior design. Many diploma training programs take twelve months to complete and are focused on teaching students the technical skills needed to gain entry-level positions in their chosen fields. Some diploma programs may follow a 2-year schedule.

Courses Interior design courses: computer-aided drafting, design basics, construction, materials cost and estimating, design theory, manual drafting; graphic design courses: page layout, color theory, printing processes, electronic publishing, multimedia and animation, Web design
Degrees Diplomas available in interior design and graphic design
Programs 12-month training programs; 2-year programs, part-time options or online classes

What Courses Are Available in Interior Design?

An interior design diploma program teaches the skills you need to plan and design the layout, furniture and accessories of homes or commercial spaces. Interior design courses cover the technical skills necessary for creating functional spaces, which may include computer-aided design, building codes and regulations, materials, costs and business principles. Courses also explore the design principles necessary for creating pleasing interior spaces, including color, light, furniture selection, finishes and fabrics. Many diploma programs also include an internship component.

What Courses Are Available in Graphic Design?

The courses taught in a graphic design diploma program can help you develop the creativity and technical skill needed to handle the design of both printed and Web-based material. You become familiar with graphic design software programs such as Quark and Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop or Acrobat. In addition to computer-based design programs, most graphic design programs also offer instruction covering a combination of design techniques, printing equipment and typography.

What Are My Career Options?

With an interior design diploma, you can seek employment with commercial design firms, interior designers or home stores. Many interior designers open their own design firms. Graphic designers may obtain employment at any company or organization with a need for the design and production of printed or Web-based materials. Specific options may include designing advertisements, brochures, books, Web graphics or interactive media for publishers, advertising agencies, creative design firms or Web design companies.

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  • The Art Institutes

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    Popular programs at The Art Institutes:

    • Master
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    • Virginia: Arlington
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    • Certificates

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  • Indiana Wesleyan University

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    Popular programs at Indiana Wesleyan University:

    • Bachelor Degrees
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    Popular programs at Winthrop University:

    • Master

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  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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    Popular programs at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota:

    • Master

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  • Southern New Hampshire University

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    Popular programs at Southern New Hampshire University:

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  • CDI College

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    Popular programs at CDI College:

    • Certificates

    Campus Locations:

    • Anywhere: Anjou, Laval, Longueuil, Montreal, Point Claire
  • University of Pennsylvania

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    • Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
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