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 Kind of Design Diplomas Are Available?

You can choose from design diplomas in two main areas, graphic design and interior design. In an interior design program, you might be able to focus on commercial and residential design. A graphic design program may explore print and production design in addition to animation and website design. You might also be available to find a Production Artist Technical or a Marketing Design Specialist Diploma.

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. Courses also explore the design principles necessary for creating pleasing interior spaces. Many diploma programs also include an internship component. These courses may be included in your program:

  • Computer-aided design
  • Building codes
  • Regulations
  • Materials
  • Costs
  • Business principles
  • Color
  • Light
  • Furniture selection
  • Finishes
  • Fabrics

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'll become familiar with graphic design software programs. In addition to computer-based design programs, most graphic design programs also offer instruction covering the following areas of interest:

  • Quark
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Acrobat
  • Design techniques
  • Printing equipment
  • 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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