I recently had an interesting conversation with a lecturer at the Interactive Design Institute (IDI) about how the institute is specialising in delivering degree level qualifications in art and design from the University of Hertfordshire, online. I was also surprised to learn that more than 300 students across 40 countries are enrolled on its courses and regularly achieve results which exceed the national average. All of their courses are delivered completely online so students can learn whenever they want and at a pace that suits them, irrespective of where they are – which is perfect for students if they’re also juggling families and jobs!
To supplement the online courses, students get personalised support thanks to a dedicated online tutor and student forum that they can use to bounce ideas around and get advice. They even have access to Adobe software and are able to use these industry standard tools for their studies.
Many of the students studying at IDI also have jobs or run their own businesses and make use of the skills and resources from their courses. In fact, I was told that one student on the Graphic Design course has used Adobe software to create print and online advertising materials for her husband’s new shop – what a great way to get industry experience! Students from the institute have also achieved some outstanding results in national and international competitions including the Adobe Design Achievement Awards where one student is through to the semi-final in the illustration category.
Here’s what one student has to say about this way of learning…
“I have two young children and am now expecting my third. I find it very challenging trying to manage my job with studying and looking after my family, but I found that IDI was so flexible and allowed me to do it all. I can’t say it’s easy, especially now that I’m studying full time, but it’s great that I can study whenever I find I have some free time, and can do it at my own pace and from home.” Tasnim Aragi