UK Distance Learning / Online Design & Photography Courses

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The Interactive Design Institute:
The Interactive Design Institute (IDI) was founded in 2004 to deliver practical art and design courses online, and provides a range of accredited courses at MA Degree and BA Hons. Degree level in fields that include Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Architecture & Design and Photography. Our online courses for both UK and international students can be studied on a flexible basis, with students choosing to work at times which suit them. Start dates are every February, June and October and you can register at any time.

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Top Quality Accredited Education:

Photo of UK Distance Learning / Online Design & Photography CoursesAt the Interactive Design Institute, we work to the highest quality standards. IDI is the UK's leading provider of online courses in art and design subjects that lead to qualifications on the UK National Qualifications Framework (NQF).


University of Hertfordshire:
IDI is a collaborative partner of the University of Hertfordshire, one of the UK’s best modern universities.

Students on our bachelor degree and master degree courses are registered with the university, and the certificates that graduates receive on completion of their studies are awarded by the University of Hertfordshire.

With 69% of graduates achieving a 2:1 or above, IDI students consistently outperform attendance based students.

“IDI have been pioneers in online learning in Art and Design, providing not only a good educational experience but also strongly supporting their students’ study paths with additional positive contacts from the team. The company is genuinely cutting edge and is run by a team who are ambitious and also care about their students.”
- Judy Glasman, Dean of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire

IDI is also approved by:
- City & Guilds of London Institute
- ABC Awards
- Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

IDI is on the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP). Our UK Provider Reference Number is: 10006389. IDI recently underwent a Review for Specific Course Designation by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Study Art & Design Online:

Image of UK Distance Learning / Online Design & Photography CoursesOur online courses enable you to study for a UK degree in design wherever you are in the world. They provide a flexible, affordable means of learning which can be combined with work, study or family commitments. 

To study with the Interactive Design Institute, all you need is access to an internet connection. Our courses are designed for home study, and our online learning environment is easy to use. Students have access to a dedicated online tutor, who is available at all times to offer advice, guidance and support.


Affordable Art & Design Courses:
Studying with IDI allows you to make a significant saving on the cost of attending university. Fees are the same for both UK and International students.

IDI offers flexible payment plans, discounts for early payment and an Employers Discount Scheme which also applies if you are self-employed.

Online Art & Design Courses:

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Master of Arts (Postgraduate Programme in Art and Design)
(2 years, 6 semesters)

Study areas:
- Interior Design
- Graphic Communication
- Photography (Visual Communication)
- Illustration (Visual Communication)  

Bachelor of Arts Honours (BA Hons) Degree Courses
(4 years, 12 semesters)

- Graphic Design
- Illustration
- Interior Architecture and Design

*subject to minimum cohort numbers 

Online Top-Up BA Hons Degree Courses
Available for Interior Architecture and Design; Graphic Design; and Illustration
If you are eligible for one of our top-up courses, you can earn a full BA (Hons) Degree in just 16 months over four semesters.

If you already hold an HND (Higher National Diploma), Diploma or equivalent qualification and/ or have professional experience in your subject area, you may be eligible for advanced entry onto one of our BA (Hons) courses. 

Online Learning - Convenient & Secure:

Picture of UK Distance Learning / Online Design & Photography CoursesIDI Study is a bespoke online study environment that provides each student with access to your own secure online studio. Every aspect of your innovative learning and teaching experience is delivered through IDI Study.

Your studio contains comprehensive learning materials which consist of activities and practical projects. As you progress through these activities, you will be asked to record your work in progress and upload images to your online studio at regular intervals.

All assessments are coursework based, there are no exams. There is no requirement to attend the university at any time. You will have unlimited support from fully-qualified tutors, who will provide you with on-going individual feedback and advice on your creative work.

You can access your online studio at any time and study at times that suit you. In addition, you'll find that your learning materials are carefully structured to enable you to acquire the understanding and knowledge required to fulfil the course learning outcomes.

In addition, you will be able to interact with your fellow students within online forums, where you can discuss your work informally and exchange ideas and resources.

Student Testimonials:

Images of The Interactive Design Institute“I chose to study with IDI because of the flexibility - studying online meant that I could work anytime, anywhere and wasn't restricted to the timetable of a traditional university.

This meant I could move to Tokyo in my 2nd year which helped me to find new ideas and inspiration. It was also cheaper than traditional universities, especially now that the fees have gone up."

- Helen

“I chose to study online with IDI so that I could top up my HND in Graphic Design to a BA Hons Degree. I'm already a full time Graphic Designer running my own business, so studying on-line with IDI allowed me the flexibility to combine study with work and home life, at times that suited me and my business. I couldn't have committed to doing a BA Hons Degree otherwise.”
- Sandra

“IDI offered me an affordable and flexible pathway of study whereby I could continue to work and study at the same time. I can’t pretend it was easy! I was working full time and studying in to the small hours but it was great to be immersed in something creative and worthwhile again.

I would highly recommend IDI and have even advised some of my diploma students to progress their studies online. Having experienced Graphic Design education as a student and a teacher both in the classroom and online I am able to make a comparative evaluation of the two educational paths.

Online study does require a certain amount of self-discipline but having the freedom to study as and when suits you allows you to take control of your own education which is an empowering and rewarding experience.”

- Lisa

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Address: Interactive Design Institute, Stuart House, Eskmills, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland , UK & England
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