Bachelor of Arts

validated programme in


Bachelor of Arts

validated programme in

Graphic Design

Study Graphic Design at Marbella Design Academy in sunny Spain and be awarded an official Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design by our partner institution Middlesex University London.

  • The Graphic Design Programme start twice per year. In September and January.

The 3-year Bachelor of Arts validated Graphic Design programme that is offered to the students at Marbella Design Academy is developed, delivered and assessed by Marbella Design Academy.

Each academic year is quality controlled by external examiners, appointed by our partner institution Middlesex University London.

When the students have graduated from Marbella Design Academy and the validated Graphic Design programme has been successfully completed, students are awarded official BA (Hons) – Bachelor of Arts degrees by Middlesex University London.

Marbella Design Academy - In partnership with Middlesex University

The three year BA (Hons) validated programme offers you the chance to explore graphic design through a variety of traditional and digital media. The curriculum is based around holistic project-based teaching that emphasises an approach of design practice informed by research and analysis. Develop skills in design software, advertising, packaging, photography, drawing, printing and audio visual communication.

Graphic Design is one of the most far-reaching of creative design disciplines. This innovative validated programme supplies you with all the skills you need to succeed in your future career as a professional Graphic Designer.

Graphic designers create visual representation of ideas and messages using type, symbols, layout and images. More than ever within this lively and competitive sector of the design industry, design professionals require the skills to communicate messages in increasingly imaginative ways.

There is an emphasis on breadth of style and medium throughout this programme. You will explore many processes during the programme, including typography, editorial design, design for brands, photography, three-dimensional design, image-making, design for web, design for mobile devices and book design.

This programme will empower you with creative problem solving skills and technical knowledge that will enable you to work and contribute within the dynamic and continuously developing world of Graphic Design and visual communication. You will graduate from Marbella Design Academy equipped to go into a professional world able to think, communicate, collaborate, generate creative responses and solve any brief given to you.

Graphic Design graduates from Marbella Design Academy can look forward to pursuing careers in corporate identity and branding, design for editorial and print, book design, advertising, packaging and point of purchase design or set up their own businesses.

Graphic Design is an ever-evolving field, as multifaceted as it is in demand.

Graphic Designers are required for a diverse variety of products and activities; websites, advertising, books, magazines, posters, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays, corporate communications and corporate identity.

As a graphic designer you will create systems, solve problems and communicate ideas in order to direct, inform, entertain and challenge. The core skills of a graphic designer are rooted in communication, narrative, typography and an understanding of markets, people, stakeholders and intentions. Graphic design work have an important impact on economic, political, social, cultural and the personal life of all of us.

Through the programme, you will progress from graphic experimentation into customised specialised interests, concluding in your final portfolio.

 I chose Marbella Design Academy because the school is multicultural and offers a world class education in a congenial environment. Definitely the weather and live style that comes with it is great too. I have just received some job offers waiting for me when I finish, so I look forward to my future.

Hafiz Rosli, 26, Gothenburg – Sweden. Graphic Design, final year (3rd).

Marbella Design Academy has been recognised as one of the top design schools in the world, and you will graduate as a highly skilled professional Graphic Designer. When you have completed the Graphic Design programme and graduated from Marbella Design Academy you are awarded an official Bachelor of Arts – BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design by our partner institution Middlesex University London.

Graduates of the BA in Graphic Design are fully prepared to start their career as self-employed designers, or easily gain employment in companies worldwide. Our graduates have learned all of the practical skills and contextual understanding required within this specialized field. The graduated Graphic Designer is able to solve any creative application to all the latest demands given by the professional graphic design industry.

Students are given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a 6 weeks work placement in a real world environment during the 3rd year of study.

When awarded a BA (Hons) degree you can apply for a Master’s degree at Middlesex University London (additional 10 months) or at any other university of you choice.

Marbella Design Academy is an exclusive design school with a family-like atmosphere among students and staff who originate from around the world.

Computer help for students: Should you have a problem with your computer, then we can strongly recommend using WEBCOMUNICA in Monda. JJ (the owner) is a genius when it comes to fixing computer problems. JJ can help students with their PC or MAC problems for a special Marbella Design Academy student price. You can call JJ any time on: +34 686515 371 or you can pass by his shop in Monda in Calle Hospital 6, 29110 Monda.

Study Plan & Materials List

Graphic Design validated programme

Total – days – hours and CORE credits during the 3 years of study (Holidays are not included in this calculation).

1st Year, 1200 hours incl: lectures, direct, independent study – 120 CORE CREDITS

2nd Year, 1200 hours incl: lectures, direct, independent study – 120 CORE CREDITS

3rd Year, 1200 hours incl: lectures, direct, independent study – 120 CORE CREDITS

In total for all 3 years of study: Approx. 3.600 hours incl. lectures, direct and independent study:

360 CORE CREDITS (UK) = 180 ECTS Points (60 ECTS points per academic year)


FIRST YEAR: 120 Credits

GRA41 – Fundamentals of Design (30 Credits)

  • Fundamentals of Creative Design
  • History of Art
  • Fundamentals of Graphic Design
  • History of Graphic Design

GRA42 – Design Applications (30 Credits)

  • Brand Design
  • Editorial Design I
  • Freehand Drawing
  • Illustrator I
  • Indesign I
  • Photoshop I

GRA43 – Design Projects (50 Credits)

  • Group Project
  • Project I
  • Final Project & Portfolio

SECOND YEAR: 120 Credits

GRA51 – Graphic Expression (50 Credits)

  • Editorial Design II
  • Graphic Expression Techniques
  • Packaging Design
  • Audio & Video Editing I
  • Theory of Publicity
  • Web Media

GRA52 – Design Communication (20 Credits)

  • Freehand Drawing
  • Illustrator II
  • Indesign II
  • Photography II
  • Photoshop II

GRA53 – Design Projects II (50 Credits)

  • Group Project
  • Project I
  • Final Project & Portfolio

THIRD YEAR: 120 Credits

GRA61 – Graphic Design Practice (50 Credits)

  • Editorial Design III
  • Print & Design Production
  • Audio & Video Editing II
  • Studio Management
  • Theory of Publicity II
  • Three Dimensional Design

GRA62 – Design Projects III (20 Credits)

  • Project I

GRA63 – Final Major Project (50 Credits)

  • Work Experience & EVO
  • Final Major Project & Portfolio

Digital SLR Camera
Preferably with a manual mode (meaning you can control the exposure).

Laptop (portable computer), PC or MAC book Pro

We recommend you to buy a Lap Top with sufficient RAM memory and a powerful graphic card. We also recommend a 13 to 17” screen. When you have purchased your computer, please practice working on it prior to start.

Computer Programmes

Please make sure you get the programmes in the same format as your laptop (for example a Mac formatted program will not work on a PC).

  • Adobe Master Collection CS6 or higher with manual from Adobe
  • Microsoft Office – student version
  • 3D Studio Max – latest version from Autodesk

Remember to buy the original student version as they are much cheaper. Also ask for the latest version.

More stuff
You will be informed upon the start of the academic year regarding further required materials and handbooks.

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Important Information

Tuition Fees: Click Here
Tuition Language: English
Duration: 3 Years

6 Hours daily (Monday to Friday)
From 09:00 to 16:00

Entry Requirements: Click Here
International Students: Click Here
Accommodation: Click Here

Next Courses

January 2016

Starts 13th January 2016

September 2016

Starts 14th September 2016

January 2017

Starts 16th January 2017

September 2017

Starts 18th September 2017

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