The BA/BSc International Design programme is a one year Level 6 award that allows students from anywhere in the world to convert their diploma into an honours degree. We invite students from any field of design to join us in the creative and thoughtful development of novel design solutions and outcomes and to become a designer with a truly global outlook.
This programme offers you the opportunity to create and learn alongside people from another part of the world and to extend your skills as a strategic designer with an international focus. It will also prepare you for further postgraduate study, doctoral research and publishing if that is your ambition.
The International Design programme builds upon your individual strengths and experiences as an emerging professional designer. It will build your self-confidence and self-development by teaching you how to think strategically and to creatively confront new challenges. The programme is designed around you and is supported by expert tutors who will encourage you to decide upon your own direction and strategies. The programme welcomes students from any design background including Graphic Design, Fashion or Textile Design, Interior Design, Product Design, User Experience Design or Craft Design. You will work together within in an interdisciplinary design environment strengthening your existing skills and practices within an international context. You will generate a body of work that has international scope and awareness and will make you highly employable and comfortable with diverse International clients.
Learning & Teaching
The programme is taught through lectures and seminars in a studio environment in a fully equipped Art & Design School.
You will receive very close supervision and guidance from academic and subject staff that is designed to support and guide the development of your ideas and to help you successfully realise these ideas in the form of a major practice based project.
Each student can expect to receive between 9 and 14 hours of contact time per week via lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops.
You will take part in interdisciplinary seminars and workshops designed to support the development of your work in an international design context, as well as lectures and seminars, lead by members of the academic staff to help shape its theoretical understanding. Throughout the programme you will also receive individual support in smaller seminars to meet more individual intellectual and practical demands.
Employability & Careers
The International Design programme is designed to provide you with the skills to be a flexible, agile and capable designer who can quickly and creatively adapt to new and unfamiliar international contexts.
The emphasis is placed upon the flexibility of your design strategies, both creatively and academically, that will support you in undertaking industry placements, live briefs, as well as identifying new and creative opportunities for business ventures anywhere in the world.
The programme will also help you prepare for a career within commercial design practice and strategy, buying and consultancy, marketing and advertising, business strategy, brand development, or teaching. It will also prepare you for further postgraduate study, doctoral research and publishing.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
The major criteria for selection of candidates is that they must demonstrate they are capable of succeeding on a degree programme.
The normal minimum entry requirement for BA/BSc (Hons) International Design is 240 UK Credits equivalent to a Diploma Level (5) Qualification.
International ApplicantsStudents whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.
Students will not normally be required to attend for an interview but will be expected to provide evidence of their practice by means of an online portfolio together with a reference from a suitably qualified referee.
The admission process is controlled by Cardiff Metropolitan University International Admissions in consultation with the Programme Director.
The programme welcomes applications from students from all backgrounds. Those applying with non-standard entry profiles will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants who do not possess normal minimum entry qualifications are considered on an individual basis by members of the course team.