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BA (Hons) Validated Programme in Graphic Design & Media

Next intakes are January 2019 and September 2019.

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

Fee per academic year: 10.800Euros, Starts twice per year, in September and in January.

New introduction for the 8th of January 2019 intake. This January´s intake will enjoy an accelerated programme which allows you to complete the academic stage of training in 2.5 years, instead of the normal 3 years. Upon successful completion you will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree, in Graphic Design & Media by our UK partner university (University of Bedfordshire). You will start in January and study continuously through Summer till August and progress into the second year in September of the same year. This means that you will be able to save on living costs during your studies and enter employment more quickly.  When you have satisfactorily completed your first year you will have four weeks of Summer holiday before starting your 2nd year on the16th of September 2019. 

This three-year Bachelor of Arts validated Graphic Design & Media programme offered to our students is developed, delivered and assessed by Marbella Design Academy and Validated by University of Bedfordshire.

When awarded your undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree by University of Bedfordshire, then you can apply for a Master’s degree at any university of your choice.

Marbella Design Academy´s three year 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 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 & Media. 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 & Media 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 has 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 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 now able to create amazing motion graphics. Interior students can be scaled and transported into 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 an electronic image and using software to make that value transparent, allowing another image or background to show through instead. If the colour of the subject matches the green background too closely, those areas will also be removed, making a hole through which the background will show. For this reason bright green is used in the film industry as it is not a colour traditionally worn by TV or Movie personalities.

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:

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)



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


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


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


  • 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
14th 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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