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BA (Hons) Validated Programme in Graphic Design & Media

Study Graphic Design & Media at Marbella Design Academy in sunny Spain and be awarded a UK- Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design & Media by our UK partner – The University of Bedfordshire.

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Registration Fee of 500Euros to be paid first year only.
Fee per academic year: 11.500Euros.

The BA Validated programme in Graphic Design & Media starts twice per year: In September and in January.

September intakes (3 years of study): Three academic years beginning in September ending in June.

January intakes (2,5 years of study): Three academic years: 1st academic year begin in January and ends in the beginning of August. 2nd and 3rd academic year begin in September ending in June.

Upon successful completion you will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree, in Graphic Design & Media by our UK partner, University of Bedfordshire. 

The Bachelor of Arts validated Graphic Design & Media programme offered to our students is developed, delivered and assessed by Marbella Design Academy and Validated by our UK Partner – University of Bedfordshire.

When awarded your undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree by University of Bedfordshire, you can apply for a Master’s degree at Marbella Design Academy (Master validated programme in Arts & Design to be offered at Marbella Design Academy from September 2021. Pending.) or at any university of your choice.

 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 is one of the top design schools in the world. Students receive excellent training, and after three years of study, have all the skills needed to graduate as outstanding professional Graphic Designers.

The employment rate among our graduates is outstanding. Nearly all enjoy a successful career within their chosen field.

When you have satisfactory completed the Graphic Design & Media programme and graduated from Marbella Design Academy you are awarded an official Bachelor of Arts – BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design & Media by University of Bedfordshire.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts Validated programme in Graphic Design & Media 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 specialised field. As a graduated Graphic Designer you are 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 six weeks work placement in a real world environment during the 3rd year of study.

The employment rate among our graduates is outstanding and nearly all enjoy a successful career within their chosen field.

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

Green Screen Technology: Marbella Design Academy has its very own green screen for video effects. Through the magic of motion video and green screen technology our students are able to create amazing motion graphics. Interior students can be filmed, scaled and then added to their own rendered scenes for video presentations. Fashion students can take their fashion shoots to exotic places and superimpose any digital or virtual background behind the models in their videos. Graphics students can create Hollywood style visual effects for their projects. Marbella Design Academy’s new green screen uses a technology known as ‘Chroma Keying’. This is the process of isolating a single colour in a video clip and using special software to make that colour become transparent, thus allowing another video or background image to show through instead.

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.

2nd hand MAC computers can be bought via this website: www.mcfactory.es

Study Plan & Materials List

Graphic Design & Media 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)

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STUDY PLAN – 1ST YEAR

BA Validated Graphic Design Programme

120 Credits = 60 ECTS points. In total for all 3 years of study: 360 CORE CREDITS (UK) = 180 ECTS Points (60 ECTS points per academic year)

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 and Portfolio

STUDY PLAN – 2ND YEAR

BA Validated Graphic Design Programme

120 Credits = 60 ECTS points. In total for all 3 years of study: 360 CORE CREDITS (UK) = 180 ECTS Points (60 ECTS points per academic year)

GRA51 – Graphic Expression (50 Credits)
  • Editorial Design II
  • Graphic Expression Techniques
  • Packaging Design
  • Video and Motion Graphics I
  • Interactive Design
  • 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 and Portfolio

STUDY PLAN – 3RD YEAR

BA Validated Graphic Design Programme

120 Credits = 60 ECTS points. In total for all 3 years of study: 360 CORE CREDITS (UK) = 180 ECTS Points (60 ECTS points per academic year)

GRA61 – Graphic Design Practice (50 Credits)
  • Editorial Design III
  • Print and Design Production
  • Video and Motion Graphics II
  • Studio Management
  • Theory of Publicity
  • Three Dimensional Design
GRA62 – Design Projects III (20 Credits)
  • Project I
GRA63 – Final Major Project (50 Credits)
  • Work Experience and EVO
  • Final Major Project and 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 recommend a 15” 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 CC2018 with manual from Adobe
  • Microsoft Office – student version

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

Other Materials.

You can purchase them all at Marbella Design Academy piece by piece as you need them or all at once.

  • 3 soft, freehand drawing pencils. 2H, HB and 2B.
  • Clutch pencil 5.6mm
  • 1 eraser
  • 1 role of masking tape
  • 1 small box of professional watercolours.
  • 1 Water colour pad
  • 3 brushes, small, medium and large.
  • Acrylics (Primary colours + black & white)
  • 1 Set of coloured pencils
  • 1 A3 Sketch pad
  • Craft knive & scissors

Books

  • Real World Print Production (Paperback) by Claudia McCue (Author)
  • A Smile in the Mind (Paperback) by Beryl McAlhone (Author)
  • The Art of Looking Sideways (Hardcover) by Alan Fletcher (Author)
  • Visual Workout: Creativity Workbook (Paperback) by Robin Landa (Author), Rose Gonnella (Author)
  • Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works (2nd Edition) (Paperback)by Erik Spiekermann (Author), E.M Ginger(Author)
  • Graphic Design: A Concise History, Second Edition (World of Art) (Paperback) by Richard Hollis

Marbella Crea

Marbella Design Academy was chosen to collaborate with the Marbella´s Town Hall, youth department to design the new identity for the contest Marbella Crea, which every year, offers the opportunity for young talented artist and designers to show their work.

The Graphic Design students designed 3 proposals and these were presented to the youth department and the councellor Manuel García Rodriguez, who together with his team picked the best work, Raquel Beck, who is currently studying 2nd year Graphic Design at Marbella Design Academy. Below, click the link to see her amazing designs for Marbella Crea.

Tuition Fees: Click Here
Tuition Language: English
We have two intakes per year:
2020 Starting on:  
  7th January 2020
28th September 2020
2021 Starting on:
11th January 2021
27th September 2021
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