Interactive Design Institute

Introduction

The Interactive Design Institute (IDI) is the UK’s leading online provider of higher education courses in art and design subjects. The company was founded in 2004 with the aim of allowing people across the world to achieve accredited qualifications without having to attend a college or university. In the last ten years we have enabled over 600 students to realise their academic potential online, and we currently have students enjoying the benefits of our modern study website in over 69 countries and counting.

A Great Range of Online Art and Design Courses

In 2008, IDI became a collaborative partner of the University of Hertfordshire. We now deliver some of their most respected art and design degree courses 100% online. Our most popular courses include:

  • MA Graphic Communication
  • MA Illustration (Visual Communication)
  • MA Interior Design
  • MA Photography (Visual Communication)
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • BA (Hons) Illustration
  • BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
  • BA (Hons) Photography

IDI has also gained approval from some of the UK's most respected awarding bodies, including the City & Guilds of London Institute, ABC Awards and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). We also offer a Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and MediaFoundation Studies (Art, Design, and Media) course which leads to a Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies. This course allows students to improve their artistic skills or begin a career in the creative industries by preparing a portfolio for entry to a degree course.

Why Choose to Study Art and Design Online With IDI?

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider enrolling on an online course with IDI:

  • We believe students studying online require more support, not less so your subject specialist tutors will give you unrivalled regular one-to-one tuition and feedback. Our dedicated Student Support and Technical Support teams are also always on hand to help out.
  • When you graduate you will be awarded a BA (Hons) or master’s degree certificate from the University of Hertfordshire, one of the UK’s top universities; there is no mention of distance learning on your award
  • All teaching is asynchronous allowing you to study at times that suit you while managing your other commitments
  • You will have unlimited access to quality learning materials, practical projects and activities within our secure and easy to use study website, IDI-Study
  • If you have a question about anything related to your studies you will can contact our IDI support team who are available Monday to Friday, 9 to 5
  • Within IDI-Study are the IDI forums where you can meet your fellow students to find inspiration, get help with a project or share design ideas
  • With IDI location is not a barrier, meaning that you can study towards an accredited qualification from anywhere with an internet connection

Follow the links below to find out more about the courses we offer.

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MA Graphic Communication

Online Full time Part time October 2016 United Kingdom Musselburgh

Building on your existing qualifications and experience, studying for a master's degree can give you an edge over other graphic designers in a highly competitive market. [+]

As graphic design is a very popular career choice, you will need all the experience you can get to make sure you stand the best chance of success. A master’s degree will not only look good on your CV, but will also equip you with knowledge and skills that will help you to realise your ambition. On the MA Graphic Communication course, accredited by the University of Hertfordshire and delivered 100% online by IDI, you will be fully supported in developing your practice to master’s level and will graduate with a respected qualification from a top UK university.   What will you learn on the online MA Graphic Communication course? At IDI we believe that students studying online require more support, not less. Our subject specialist tutors will provide you with one-to-one tuition through our secure and easy to use study website, IDI-Study. With a combination of tuition and your own individual study using quality resources within IDI-Study you will: Learn about the theoretical, commercial and philosophical aspects of the graphic design industry Gain an in-depth understanding of the historical, social, cultural, aesthetic, ethical, technological and global themes of contemporary graphic communication practice Engage intellectually with the design process and demonstrate this in your practical work Be encouraged to experiment with your practical work and be open to exploring a varied range of processes and media On completion of the course you will have developed an ambitious and cohesive portfolio that will be representative of all the intellectual and practical skills you have acquired over the duration of the postgraduate programme. Research and Creative Industries Modules You will be required to study common modules as part of the Postgraduate Art and Design programme to give you a rounded understanding of the design process and the creative industries. Studying online alongside IDI students from other design related disciplines on the Postgraduate Art and Design programme, you will complete modules in: Postgraduate Study in Context Research and Practice Creative Industries: Global Perspectives Critical Studies Creative Industries: Business Perspectives Creative Industries: Professional Presentations  As well as the common modules listed above, you will be required to study the following modules that will focus on your own practice: Practice 1: Art and Design Practice 2: Art and Design Major Study During Practice 1 and 2 you will develop your proposal for your Major Study project, which will demonstrate everything you have learned during the entirety of your postgraduate studies. Entry Requirements To be eligible to enter the Postgraduate Art and Design Programme you would normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above) in a field relevant to graphic communication. If you do not have a degree, you will need to show you have appropriate professional experience and skills to benefit from the course. We may also take into account accredited prior learning (APL) or accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If your degree is in a different field, you will need appropriate knowledge, skills or experience in the field you wish to study, or be able to show that you are prepared for intensive new learning. In all cases you will need to demonstrate, through a portfolio and personal statement, your preparedness for study at postgraduate level. Once you apply, you will have access to our online Admissions area, where a member of the Admissions team will advise and guide you through the application process. Applying is free of charge and after applying, you are not committed to enrolling on the Postgraduate Programme or paying any fees. English Language If your first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. Contact us for further details. This programme is subject to the university's Principles, Policies, Regulations and Procedures for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes and will take account of university policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If you require any more information or have any questions, please fill out  this form . It will take you approximately 45 seconds to complete. [-]

MA Illustration (Visual Communication)

Online Full time Part time October 2016 United Kingdom Musselburgh

Adding an MA qualification to your CV is a great way to differentiate yourself in what is a very competitive industry. You can now study for an MA in Illustration (Visual Communication) from the University of [+]

As Illustration is a very competitive career, it can be difficult to differentiate your work from the work of others and make yourself stand out as a professional. Gaining a respected illustration qualification is a fantastic way to this and studying at this level will also provide you with new knowledge and skills that will be of great benefit to your practice. On the MA Illustration (Visual Communication) course, accredited by the University of Hertfordshire and delivered 100% online by IDI, you can achieve an internationally recognised UK qualification while working on your illustration portfolio with expert one-to-one tuition and guidance from our subject specialist tutors.   What will you learn on the online MA Illustration (Visual Communication) course? We believe that studying online requires students to receive more support, not less. You will have access to our specialist study website, IDI-Study, where your tutors will provide you with one-to-one tuition and feedback so that you never feel isolated in your studies online. All learning is asynchronous with no real-time lectures or exams so you will also be encouraged to pursue your individual practice at times that suit you using the quality resources that are available to you through your personal online studio. Through a combination of individual tuition and personal study you will: Be encouraged to develop your own unique visual voice through extensive experimentation and intellectual engagement with the illustrative process Learn about the history of illustration and explore contemporary illustration practice Explore the social, cultural, aesthetic, technological, ethical and global themes of contemporary illustration Be encouraged to experiment with your practical work and be open to exploring a varied range of processes and media On completion of the course you will have developed an ambitious and cohesive portfolio that will be representative of all the intellectual and practical skills you have acquired over the duration of the postgraduate programme.   Research and Creative Industries Modules You will be required to study common modules as part of the Postgraduate Art and Design programme to give you a rounded understanding of the design process and the creative industries. Studying online alongside IDI master's students from other design related disciplines on the Postgraduate Art and Design programme, you will complete modules in: Postgraduate Study in Context Research and Practice Creative Industries: Global Perspectives Critical Studies Creative Industries: Business Perspectives Creative Industries: Professional Presentations As well as the core modules on the Postgraduate Art and Design programme listed above, you will be required to take the following Illustration (Visual Communication) specific modules that will focus on your own practice: Practice 1: Art and Design Practice 2: Art and Design Major Study During Practice 1 and 2 you will develop your proposal for your Major Study project, which will demonstrate everything you have learned during the entirety of your postgraduate studies.   Entry Requirements To be eligible to enter the Postgraduate Art and Design Programme you would normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above) in a field relevant to illustration. If you do not have a degree, you will need to show you have appropriate professional experience and skills to benefit from the course. We may also take into account accredited prior learning (APL) or accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If your degree is in a different field, you will need appropriate knowledge, skills or experience in the field you wish to study, or be able to show that you are prepared for intensive new learning. In all cases you will need to demonstrate, through a portfolio and personal statement, your preparedness for study at postgraduate level. Once you apply, you will have access to our online Admissions area, where a member of the Admissions team will advise and guide you through the application process. Applying is free of charge and after applying, you are not committed to enrolling on the Postgraduate Programme or paying any fees. English Language If your first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. Contact us for further details. This programme is subject to the university's Principles, Policies, Regulations and Procedures for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes and will take account of university policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If you require any more information or have any questions, please fill out  this form . It will take you approximately 45 seconds to complete. [-]

MA Interior Design

Online Full time Part time October 2016 United Kingdom Musselburgh

The MA Interior Design course from the University of Hertfordshire, taught online by IDI, gives you an ideal opportunity to improve your chances of a building a successful career in the interior design industry, either [+]

The MA Interior Design course will give you the opportunity to greatly improve your chances of working towards a successful career in the interior design and/or the interior architecture industry, both in the UK and internationally. You will gain valuable in-depth knowledge about designing interiors in an international context. A master’s level qualification will also stand out on your CV and will be likely to prove to prospective employers that you have what it takes to succeed. The MA Interior Design course is delivered 100% online by IDI and is fully accredited by the University of Hertfordshire, one of the UK’s top universities. Your degree certificate will be from the university with no mention of distance learning. Studying with IDI, you will be encouraged to push the boundaries and experiment with your practice. This will enable you to put together an impressive portfolio with one-to-one guidance and tuition from our subject specialist tutors. Working fully online, you will also be encouraged to use IDI’s online study website, IDI-Study, to work individually at times that suit you. What Does the Course Involve? The MA Interior Design course focuses on international design with a particular focus on interior architecture. You will consider interiors within the context of art and design practice in general, and as relevant to your own individual practice and interest. Your tutors will closely guide you throughout your studies to enable you to: Expand your knowledge, skills and expertise by engaging with techniques that are new to you and methods and media you are unfamiliar with Develop an entrepreneurial approach to your practice and demonstrate professionalism throughout your studies and beyond Become proficient in accounting for the technical specifications and material considerations of interior architecture and design projects Create a professional portfolio that will represent your professionalism and skills relevant to master’s study Research and Creative Industry Modules You will initially be required to study common modules alongside students from a variety of disciplines on the Postgraduate Art and Design programme. However, you will be encouraged to approach these modules from the aspect of your own interior design practice and you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge with your fellow students in online collaborative projects. The common modules are: Postgraduate Study in Context Research and Practice Creative Industries: Global Perspectives Critical Studies Creative Industries: Business Perspectives Creative Industries: Professional Presentations As well as the common modules listed above, you will be required to take the following modules that will focus on your own practice: Practice 1: Art and Design Practice 2: Art and Design Major Study During Practice 1 and 2 you will develop your proposal for your Major Study project, which will demonstrate everything you have learned during the entirety of your postgraduate studies. Entry Requirements To be eligible to enter the Postgraduate Art and Design Programme you would normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above) in a field relevant to interior design or interior architecture. If you do not have a degree, you will need to show you have appropriate professional experience and skills to benefit from the course. We may also take into account accredited prior learning (APL) or accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If your degree is in a different field, you will need appropriate knowledge, skills or experience in the field you wish to study, or be able to show that you are prepared for intensive new learning. In all cases you will need to demonstrate, through a portfolio and personal statement, your preparedness for study at postgraduate level. Once you apply, you will have access to our online Admissions area, where a member of the Admissions team will advise and guide you through the application process. Applying is free of charge and after applying, you are not committed to enrolling on the Postgraduate Programme or paying any fees. English Language If your first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. Contact us for further details. This programme is subject to the university's Principles, Policies, Regulations and Procedures for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes and will take account of university policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If you require any more information or have any questions, please fill out  this form. It will take you approximately 45 seconds to complete. [-]

MA Photography (Visual Communication)

Online Full time Part time October 2016 United Kingdom Musselburgh

Adding an MA from one of the UK’s leading universities to your CV makes sense when you are competing for photography commissions, exhibitions and employment opportunities or looking to advance your career. A master's degree [+]

In an industry full of amateurs, adding a master’s in Photography (Visual Communication) to your CV can be invaluable in proving you have the necessary skills to take on commissions and contracts, exhibit your work and gain employment. A master’s degree from the University of Hertfordshire, delivered 100% online by IDI, will not only prove your professionalism, but will also enable you to learn about different approaches to your photography practice. At the end of the course, as well as an MA in Photography (Visual Communication), you will have a portfolio that will represent your individual talent and a well rounded knowledge of the contemporary photography industry. What does the Course Involve? Over the duration of the MA Photography (Visual Communication) course, you will learn about the photography industry in a global context and within the context of art and design practice in general. You will also consider photography as relevant to your own individual practice and interest with a particular focus on one genre, for example, fine art contemporary photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, editorial photography, fashion photography or contemporary advertising photography. Over the duration of the course you will: Experiment with new techniques and develop a thoughtful and creative approach to image making Sustain a body of work, for example, a collection of work for exhibition, a photo book project or photographs to be included in a multimedia storytelling documentary Work towards creating an in-depth and cohesive portfolio Learn about the history and contemporary practice of photography and integrate the theory you have learned into your own practice Research and Creative Industries Modules As part of the Postgraduate Art and Design programme you will be required to study common modules alongside postgraduate students from a variety of related disciplines. However, you will be encouraged to approach these modules from the aspect of your own photography practice and to share your knowledge of this industry with the rest of your cohort within online discussions. The common modules are: Postgraduate Study in Context Research and Practice Creative Industries: Global Perspectives Critical Studies Creative Industries: Business Perspectives Creative Industries: Professional Presentations In addition to the common modules listed above, you will be required to take the following modules that will focus on your own photography practice: Practice 1: Art and Design Practice 2: Art and Design Major Study During Practice 1 and 2 you will develop your proposal for your Major Study project, which will demonstrate everything you have learned during the entirety of your postgraduate studies. Entry Requirements To be eligible to enter the Postgraduate Art and Design Programme you would normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above) in a field relevant to photography. If you do not have a degree, you will need to show you have appropriate professional experience and skills to benefit from the course. We may also take into account accredited prior learning (APL) or accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If your degree is in a different field, you will need appropriate knowledge, skills or experience in the field you wish to study, or be able to show that you are prepared for intensive new learning. In all cases you will need to demonstrate, through a portfolio and personal statement, your preparedness for study at postgraduate level. Once you apply, you will have access to our online Admissions area, where a member of the Admissions team will advise and guide you through the application process. Applying is free of charge and after applying, you are not committed to enrolling on the Postgraduate Programme or paying any fees. English Language If your first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. Contact us for further details. This programme is subject to the university's Principles, Policies, Regulations and Procedures for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes and will take account of university policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If you require any more information or have any questions, please fill out this form. It will take you approximately 45 seconds to complete.   [-]

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