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"IDI is the UK’s leading provider of degree level courses by distance learning, online. Our degrees are awarded by the University of Hertfordshire."


In collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire, the Interactive Design Institute (IDI) is the UK's leading provider of online courses in art and design.

We have revolutionised the delivery of accredited design education through our flexible and supportive online provision, making it easy for you to access quality one-to-one tuition and achieve an internationally respected UK qualification from anywhere in the world.

The Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art, Design & Media) from ABC Awards, one of the largest vocational awarding bodies in the UK, is the perfect launchpad for you to start the journey towards a degree in an art and design related subject. It's also the ideal course if you are looking to improve your creative skills to a more professional level.

Successful completion of the Foundation course will also gain you guaranteed entry into any of the BA (Hons) degree courses, awarded by the University of Hertfordshire, that we teach online in the following subjects:

As part of the Postgraduate Art and Design Programme, the following MA degree courses from the University of Hertfordshire are also available:

There are three start dates a year for the majority of courses listed above in February, June and October.

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Subject strengths

Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media
If you need to prepare for degree level study in art and design, but you’d like to study in a flexible way, then you could consider the Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies. You’ll be able to build a strong, individual creative art and design portfolio, with regular feedback, advice and encouragement from our experienced tutors and unlimited support from our Student Support and Technical Support teams.

Successful completion of the Foundation course will guarantee you entry into one of the undergraduate courses we deliver online in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.

Undergraduate Programmes
With IDI you can study for a University of Hertfordshire BA (Hons) degree on a full-time or part-time basis and gain a UK qualification which is recognised worldwide by employers. You will never need to attend the university and you can study from home, with one-to-one support from our qualified tutors, combining your studies with work or other commitments.

Many of our previous and current students have been impressed by the high level of support they have received from their tutors and from the dedicated Student and Technical Support teams. Our dedication to helping you at every stage of your time with us is due to our strong belief that students studying online require more support, not less. This is particularly true of the practical art and design subjects which we are proud to have over 10 year's experience in teaching online. 

Postgraduate Studies

The Postgraduate Art & Design Programme, delivered in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, is perfect for those who want to enhance their existing professional practice, and for those aspiring to improve their career opportunities.

You will work alongside other master’s students, studying MA Graphic Communication, MA Illustration (Visual Communication), MA Interior Design, or MA Photography (Visual Communication), while focussing primarily on your own subject.

The portfolio of practical work and advanced knowledge you gain in your chosen subject, as well as an internationally recognised master’s degree qualification, will set you apart from the majority of practitioners in your field and on the road to success.

Throughout the course of your studies you will experience a high level of support from your dedicated and experienced tutors, and from the IDI Student Support and Technical Support teams who are always a quick phone call or message away.

Delivered 100% online you can achieve a master’s degree and greatly advance your career prospects while continuing with current employment or managing your other commitments.

Why not have a look at our course gallery to see the excellent work our student have produced?

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Facts & figures

Useful facts about IDI…

  • The Interactive Design Institute was established in 2004.
  • IDI was the first organisation to be approved by ABC Awards to offer the Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art, Design & Media) entirely online.
  • We became a Collaborative Partner of the University of Hertfordshire in 2008 and became the first provider of a full BA (Hons) Graphic Design Degree from a leading UK university delivered entirely online.
  • We have enrolled students of all ages and from over 70 countries worldwide.
  • We’ve given many who might otherwise have been denied the opportunity, the chance to gain an internationally-recognised qualification in art and design and achieve their personal goals.

The results speak for themselves…

  • Our Graphic Design graduates continue to achieve excellent results, with over 60% being awarded first class or upper 2nd Honours degrees.

Green learning…

  • On average, distance learning Higher Education courses involve expending 87% less energy and 85% lower carbon emissions in comparison to full time campus based courses. Play the video at the top of the page to find out more about the environmental benefits of distance learning.

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How it works

As an IDI student, you can study at home, at work, or even while on the move. There are no 'real time' lectures or tutorials so you can control and organise your studies around your life, work and family commitments. We make it possible for you to achieve a new qualification or change careers without disrupting your own personal timetable.
This is Not Self-Study!
We believe in offering you more support, not less. With over 10 years' experience in teaching practical art and design subjects online we know just how to do this. All of our students have ongoing one-to-one tuition from qualified and experienced tutors and unlimited access to our Student Support and Technical Support teams.

IDI’s method of supported online learning is a great choice if you simply like to have more flexibility in managing your studies, or find regular attendance at college or university difficult to manage. Online study with IDI is also ideally suited to meet the needs of adult learners who are balancing study with other commitments.

Our Online Study Environment is Designed to Meet All Your Needs

As an IDI student every aspect of your learning and teaching experience is delivered through our innovative online study environment, IDI-Study. Within IDI-Study you will have access your own secure online studio where you will find comprehensive learning materials consisting of practical projects and activities. As you progress through these activities you will be asked to record your work in progress and upload images to your online studio at regular intervals. 

You can access your online studio at any time and study at times that suit you.

Every step of the way your dedicated tutors will provide you with support and feedback on your creative work. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with your fellow students within online forums.

You'll find that all your learning materials are carefully structured to enable you to acquire the knowledge and understanding required to fulfil the course learning outcomes and achieve your desired award.

On successful completion of the BA (Hons) and MA courses you will be awarded with an internationally respected degree from the University of Hertfordshire, one of the UK's top universities.

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IDI delivers courses in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography and Interior Architecture and Design online which lead to BA (Hons) degrees from the University of Hertfordshire.

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Affordable fees

Our fees for the Level 3 Foundation Diploma (Art, Design, and Media) are £3,200.

There are three levels in the BA (Hons) Degree and our standard fees are £4,500 per level.

The master's courses are £6,000 for the full award.

Visit our fees page to find out more.

Could you save up to 50% on the cost of your university fees? Call free on 0800 917 1118 to find out more about our payment options which include:

  • Payment Plans for part-time study
  • Payment Plans for full-time study
  • Employers' Discount Scheme

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Open days

  • IDI hosts regular Open Day events online, be sure to keep in touch to find out when our next Open Day will be.
  • You can also get a taste of what it's like to study with IDI by accessing our online Admissions area and explore an online studio.To access Admissions please complete an application form.*

*Course advice and guidance with fees and funding are free of charge. By accessing Admissions you are not committing to enrolling on a course or paying fees.

Student stories

At IDI, we take pride in seeing our students achieving goals and fulfilling their potential. Click the student’s name to find their full profiles on our website or you can choose to view our full Student Profile catalogue.

Andrew Hayes
BA (Hons) Photography

Andrew developed his passion for photography after an accident forced him into early retirement. As a keen photographer since childhood, studying online with IDI has helped him rekindle his love for art. He is currently studying towards a BA (Hons) Photography degree, gaining the knowledge and learning the techniques required to become a professional.

Matthew Wood
BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Matthew is one of our many mature students that has benefited from the flexible working approach that we offer at IDI. Studying with IDI allows him to balance his studies with full-time employment and because of this, he has realised his ultimate goal of starting his own design company.

Robert Rowlands
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
After 40 years as managing director of his own property development business, Robert finally decided to explore his interest in interior architecture and design. Delighted that his busy working life continued as before due to the IDI part-time structure, he soon realised that it was the opportunity to gain a qualification that he was looking for.

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Contact details

Interactive Design Institute
Stuart House, Eskmills,
East Lothian
EH21 7PB,
United Kingdom

Call us:

  • Freephone: 0800 917 1118
  • London: 0203 056 1098
  • From mobiles: 03303 320 030
  • International: +44(0) 131 777 9321