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Design Courses

RDI partner with a number of UK universities to offer distance learning design degrees and diplomas so you can study at your own pace for an internationally recognised qualification to help you in your future career.

A degree in design is an essential requirement for many creative careers and provides students with a strong grounding in the skills required to enable them to both understand the theory and practice of design.

If you’re planning to study for a distance learning design degree with RDI, you will need to ensure that you fulfil certain basic requirements and are able to commit the required time to study.

Design Degree: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entry requirements for a distance learning design degree?

In general, to study a degree through RDI you must possess either 2 A-levels or an Access to Higher Education qualification. Although, candidates without any formal qualifications may be considered on their own merits and we encourage you to submit an application.

Am I eligible for funding to study design online?

If you meet three broad eligibility criteria, you will be able to apply for funding for your undergraduate course.

  1. You are UK and EU resident, living in England or Wales
  2. You are studying a full three-year honours degree or final year top-up or BTEC Level 5 HND
  3. You are studying this qualification for the first time

How long will the design degree take to complete?

This course is expected to be completed within 4.5 years. However, our online distance learning students have flexibility in setting their own pace of study, which means that the course can be completed in a minimum period of 3 years.

How does distance learning work for design?

Studying around 12 – 15 hours a week in your own time , this degree will provide professional level, inter-disciplinary training in the creative industries as they apply to a range of subjects. It will help you to develop a base of practical and conceptual skills, applicable to these industries, using innovative distance-learning strategies. You will develop professional level skills and understanding across a range of graphic design practices. You will also develop a range of personal and entrepreneurial skills which will equip you with the ability to respond to current and future career challenges.

What support can I expect from my university?

We know that studying online can be a big unknown, so we want to make sure you are confident in this modern alternative to on-campus study.  We provide you with an interactive online platform where you can access all your course materials and interact with other students. You also have a specialist tutor allocated for each module. They bring the materials to life, encourage lively debate and discussion around the subject and also provide feedback on your work. There’s also our UK based Student Support team available by phone and email to help with technical and pastoral questions, like how to hand in your assignment, when assignments are due, what to do if you need to take a study break.

Which universities offer design degrees with distance learning?

RDI offer a BA (Hons) Graphic Design which is awarded by Anglia Ruskin University.

Take a look at our You Tube video for this course: