BA in Graphic Design

IED - Istituto Europeo di Design
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
October 2023

October 2024

October 2025

About this program

BA in Graphic Design

Come and join a fast evolving career with a training programme firmly rooted in the current socio-economic context. You will be involved in projects with huge economic and social impact, working with the best professionals in the world of design. All this is now within your reach with the Graphic Design degree programme at IED Milano

Becoming a Graphic Designer is about learning a profession with a great history under its belt. A Graphic Designer is not simply someone who can execute but most importantly someone who can think. The Graphic Design programme at IED Milano gives you the opportunity to learn how to use visual elements such as colours, fonts and symbols, to give shape to your lateral thinking and build a communication style that will have an impact on the future of society.

You will acquire the technical and cultural tools and knowledge required for this career. You will take on project-related tasks using lab-based experience and hands-on training as a way to create publishing materials, brand design solutions, packaging and digital interface models. You will also consolidate your ability to work independently and manage multimedia projects involving a variety of systems.

When attending your Graphic Design programme at IED Milano, you will have the opportunity to carry out projects based on the European design tradition. You will practice your creative skills, developing innovative solutions where beauty is combined with social responsibility, environmental responsibility and customer business requirements. You will be able to work as Graphic Designer, Web and App Designer, Art and Design Director, Front End Designer, Data Visualizer, Content Creator and Content Manager.

Admission requirements

The Graphic Design programme at IED Milano will help you build a cultural background and practical skills in the use of software and tools that are useful when working on real projects.

This programme is closely connected with the job market as it offers workshops, seminars and events with professionals from the industry who provide students with full awareness of the market environment and its changing trends.

Public bodies, trade brands and institutions will be launching projects and monitoring how students develop their creative solutions all along the way: from concept to production, and always with an eye on customer requirements.

The city of Milan has a long tradition of design. This makes it easier to build up relationships with skilled professionals and create a network that can work successfully on any type of project, with everyone bringing their own strategic thinking and skills.

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Program content

First Year

On your first year of the Graphic Design programme at IED Milano, you will acquire the skills and knowledge of technical, cultural and project design processes as a first step towards developing graphic designer thinking. Theory will be complemented by the acquisition of technical skills through software for vector drawing, photographic image management, and page layout.

  • History of Contemporary Art
  • Drawing and Graphic Art History
  • Project Design Methodology
  • Computer Graphics 1
  • Elements of Publication Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design 1
  • Theory of Perception And Psychology of Form
  • Semiotics of Art

Second Year

On your second year, you will explore the application areas of graphic design through lab-based learning: you will be working on a number of projects across publishing, brand design, packaging and digital interface design. You will learn how to use software tools for video management, 3D animation, web and digital prototyping.

  • Videographics
  • Graphic Design 2
  • Photography
  • Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts
  • Brand Design
  • Project Design Methodology for Visual Communication
  • Sociology of Communication
  • Film and Video History
  • Printing Techniques
  • Digital Modelling Techniques with 3D Software

Third Year

The last part of your programme will focus on advanced project design of graphic systems. You will develop a dissertation project with support from external partners and companies. Here you will have the opportunity to consolidate your ability to work independently and manage complex cross-media projects. The focus will always be on your own ideas and your work will be based on a large variety of subjects developed by IED and its partners.

  • Theory and Method of Mass Media
  • Graphic Design 3
  • Digital Video
  • Design Management
  • Layout of Exhibition Spaces
  • Graphic Design

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the institute website for more information.


For information on tuition fees, please contact the institute.


Credits: 180 ECTS

Career paths

The Graphic Design programme at IED Milano is the best option for people like you who are eager to find out what lies behind everything we see. A Graphic Designer is someone who looks at visual communication as a tool to support organizations, businesses and people in their efforts to communicate and live better.

We do not prepare artists or advertisers, but rather project designers: people who can think differently and bring innovation into business and art, as well as in social, ethical and human interaction. People who can think unconventionally but with a strong sense of social responsibility.

You will be involved in a multidisciplinary environment where you can build your future career and explore new ways of understanding things. You will move into a career where everything is extremely varied, yet essential for anyone who wants to communicate and promote their business, keep users informed or create a new brand identity with high recognition levels.

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About this institute

IED - Istituto Europeo di Design

IED is the biggest international network of fashion, design, visual communication and management schools, with locations in Milan, Rome, Turin, Venice, Florence, Cagliari, Madrid, Barcelona, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. Established in 1966, IED has 45 years of international...

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Why study at IED - Istituto Europeo di Design

Rather than just keeping in step with the times, IED courses are thriving trend forecasters working as a conceptual innovation hub. A number of professionals from a variety of backgrounds come together to provide the input for a cross-fertilisation between areas and disciplines.


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Paula R

When I studied in IED Milan I specialised in Graphic design, and I had the opportunity to learnall the skills that I still use for what I currently do. Two years after I graduated, I did a Master course in Branding in Elisava, in Barcelona, and I realised that all I had learnt in IED gave me a clear advantage, and it still does in mydaily work.

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Via Amatore Sciesa, 4
20135 Milano

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