IDI and the University of Hertfordshire celebrate first online graphic design graduates

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The Interactive Design Institute (IDI) and the University of Hertfordshire are celebrating the graduation of their first online graphic design degree student.

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Graduate Sarawut Rangruang from Thailand with Judy Glasman Head of School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire

I was attracted to IDI because of their partnership with the University of Hertfordshire; I knew I could trust them to provide a high quality educational experience.

To celebrate the achievement of their first graduates from an innovative online BA (Hons) graphic design degree course, IDI (the Interactive Design Institute) have held a special ceremony at the University of Hertfordshire for graduate, Sarawut Rungruang from Thailand. Sarawut achieved a first class Honours degree in graphic design.

“I have been interested in the Arts from an early age and decided to study graphic design because it plays such an important part in defining a company’s image and in Thailand, the demand for experienced designers is increasing as the number of manufacturers grows,” according to Sarawut.

Sarawut is one of the first students to graduate with a UK BA (Hons) degree in graphic design delivered entirely online. The IDI team see this as a significant milestone for the company :
“We are delighted that our course, which was specifically developed for online delivery and validated by the University of Hertfordshire, has proved so successful,” says Michael Stewart, director of IDI, “having Sarawut and his family join us from Thailand makes this a truly special occasion.”

As a collaborative partner of the University of Hertfordshire, the IDI developed the online BA (Hons) in graphic design, with expert input from a variety of sources. “At IDI, we are aware that the UK has a long tradition of innovation in design and a reputation for the quality of teaching and high standards of research activity in its universities and colleges,” continues Stewart, a statement endorsed by Sarawut himself:

“I was attracted to IDI because of their partnership with the University of Hertfordshire; I knew I could trust them to provide a high quality educational experience. The tutors and staff at IDI always provided me with constructive feedback and advice and I found the online learning environment, forum and course materials to be of a consistently high standard.”

The results speak for themselves. Every graduating student has not only passed, but achieved commendable grades with two first class, four upper second and two lower second degrees being awarded. Indeed, the independent, external examiners responsible for appraising the students work were unanimous in their praise for the high standards achieved.

IDI is confident that this high level of student achievement is not only an endorsement of their graphic design course but for online delivery as a viable alternative to attendance based study.
“There are many advantages to studying online”, states Sarawut. “The opportunity to manage your own time and keep flexible hours meant that I could continue to work during the day while studying in the evenings. I would highly recommend studying with IDI to anyone looking for a high quality design education”.

Michael Stewart continues, “IDI’s BA (Hons) graphic design course is our response to the significant number of enquiries we have received over the last few years for a flexible, affordable alternative for those who want to take control of how and when they study. Many of our applications come from working professionals who wish to upgrade an existing design qualification or from those working in other disciplines who would like to retrain but need the flexibility that online study can provide. Prospective designers know that a UK based graphic design qualification can be the first step towards a lucrative career in the design industry; an industry that continues to grow as emerging economies grasp the importance of design in international markets.”

As university course fees look set to rise over the next year, the IDI’s pledge to maintain their current fee structure into 2012 will appeal to many prospective students. Stewart concludes; “At IDI, we are not subject to the same level of costs as face to face providers and therefore, our costs are much lower and we can pass these savings onto our students.”

Work by the first cohort of graduates can be viewed on the IDI website or by following this link: http://www.idesigni.co.uk/student/work

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