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BA (Hons) Validated Programme in Graphic Design & Media

Study (in English) Graphic Design & Media at Marbella Design Academy in sunny Spain and be awarded a United Kingdom – Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design & Media by our UK partner – University of Bedfordshire.

Fee per academic year: 10.800Euros. 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 any university of your choice.

Marbella Design Academy’s BA (Hons) validated programme in Graphic Design & Media, 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 to design practice informed by research and analysis. You will develop skills in design software, advertising, packaging, photography, drawing, printing, video, motion graphics, 3D within the context of visual communication.

Graphic Designers create visual representations of ideas and messages using type, symbols, layout and images. More than ever within this lively and competitive sector of the design industry, professional visual communicators require the skills to present messages in increasingly imaginative ways.  Graphics designers also make a valuable contribution to society as catalysts for positive social, political and cultural change.

There is an emphasis on breadth of style and medium throughout this programme. You will explore many processes and techniques such as printing, photography, motion graphics, 3D design and image-making in the context of branding, editorial design, illustration and web/app design.

Graphic Design is one of the most far-reaching 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 and visual communicator.

Being a Graphic Designer is a wonderful profession full of creativity and exciting assignments. As a professionally trained Graphic Designer enter a rewarding professional career and creative working life where no two days are the same.

At Marbella Design Academy students’ individualism and creative expression are nurtured to the extreme. Students benefit from culturally diverse professional tutors who provide them with an international perspective. Students´ also receive lots of one-to-one teacher attention and are taught to a very high academic level. The validated programme in Graphic Design & Media will equip you with the highest calibre of education in the Graphic design industry.

Throughout the course you will combine art and technology to communicate your ideas to others, assuming your position in the professional marketplace, with the necessary resources that will allow you to excel in this fast-paced design industry.

With a professional focus on visual communication and presentation, you will learn how to design everything from book covers, packaging, merchandising, advertising campaigns, corporate logos and lots more. Besides developing your freehand drawing skills, you will be taught how to use all the professional computer applications and software a Graphic Designer of today needs to know, such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier and After Effects. Advanced skills in these applications are a must for students to find employment, and at Marbella Design Academy you will be taught all these software packages from the first academic year.

The Graphic Design & Media programme also covers wider aspects of the graphic fields such as web design, marketing, video editing and 3D design.

 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.

When graduated from Marbella Design Academy and awarded a BA (Hons) degree by University of Bedfordshire, you can apply for a Master’s degree at any university of your choice.

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.

When you have graduated from Marbella Design Academy and you have been awarded a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design & Media by our UK Partner University of Bedfordshire, you will have the chance to apply for a Master’s degree at any other university of your choice. The employment rate among our graduates is outstanding and nearly all enjoy a successful career within their chosen field.

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.

Students Work

graphic design - student project in Marbella Design Academy
graphic design - student projects in Marbella Design Academy
graphic design projects
poster the sweet things
poster kartell
poster nike
poster project lion
propaganda poster

Important Information

Tuition Fees: Click Here
Tuition Language: English
We have two intakes per year:
2019 Starting on:
  8th January 2019
16th September 2019
2020 Starting on:  
  7th January 2020
23rd September 2020
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

Example of two Graphic Projects

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