What is a graphic designer?

Graphic designers are visual storytellers. They convey information by choosing colours, editing photographs, illustrating images and developing layouts, amongst other things.

When you learn graphic design, you enjoy the opportunity to work in a versatile creative sector. Posters, billboards, magazine covers, logos and web design are just some of the visual mediums that graphic designers are expected to excel at.

Explore our Graphic Design Courses

Graphic Design Courses

Graphic Design Diploma

Learning skills in essential Adobe packages such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, you’ll learn practical, transferable skills that can help you start your career in…

Graphic Design Courses

Graphic Design Diploma with Adobe ACP

Learning skills in essential Adobe packages such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, you’ll learn practical, transferable skills that can help you start your career in…

Graphic Design Courses

After Effects CC

Adobe After Effects is a digital visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing application developed by Adobe. It is used in the post-production process of film…

Graphic Design Courses

Animate CC

The Adobe Animate CC course will help you learn how to create online animations. Such animations are found all over the internet on websites, online…

Graphic Design Courses

Illustrator CC

To work as a graphic designer, there are many industry standard packages that you’ll need to master and Illustrator is one of the most commonly…

Graphic Design Courses

Photoshop CC

If you’re working towards a career as a web designer, then our Photoshop CC course will give you a great foundation and allow you to…

Why study graphic design?

Those who take up a career in graphic design are rewarded with a highly technical occupation. Transferable skills, such as problem-solving and image editing, are also useful for non-creatives.

Many industries, like publishing, manufacturing and advertising, look for a graphic design qualification as confirmation of visual expertise.

Why choose a Pitman Training graphic design course?

  • Highly respected amongst recruiters and employees, a Pitman Training graphic design course offers a competitive advantage in a saturated job market.
  • Our range of graphic design courses covers everything from the basics of software programmes, such as Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Animate, to creating optimised graphics for smartphones.
  • You can combine your graphic design training with a related Pitman Training course to enhance your skills and improve your employability. Learning graphic design often pairs well with qualifications in web design and Photoshop.
  • Our graphic design training centres can be found across the UK, with courses running all year long. If that isn’t convenient, there are graphic design courses online, too, if you would prefer to study graphic design at home.
  • You can choose to train anytime you like. Whether it is full-time or part-time, you enjoy a flexible schedule that fits your timetable.

Careers in graphic design

  • Graphic designers can work as freelance contractors, as part of agencies or in-house at companies. Starting salaries typically range from £15,000 to £19,000.
  • From print and advertising to film and television, you’ll find myriad job roles related to a career in graphic design. Professions such as illustrators, animators, concept artists and web designers can all benefit from a qualification in graphic design.

Graphic design courses available

Our fully-accredited Graphic Design Diploma is your first step towards succeeding in a competitive field.

For a career in graphic design, you will learn to design visual concepts for a range of purposes, including marketing materials, websites, social media graphics and much more.

We also offer separate graphic design courses to guide you through the essential Adobe programme packages, such as InDesignPhotoshop and Illustrator.

Whichever graphic design course you choose, whether online or in-centre, our experienced course advisors are with you every step of the way.

Got a question about how to get into graphic design? Just contact us for a free, friendly career consultation with the training experts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a tutor-led training seminar a better way for you to learn?

Absolutely, tutor-led seminars, commonly known as instructor-led training sessions, offer an engaging and interactive approach to learning. Led by seasoned professionals, these sessions ensure a deeper understanding of the subject matter, providing immediate feedback and personalized attention. Whether it’s employee training or corporate skill development, these instructor-led sessions encourage direct interaction, fostering an environment conducive to active learning. At Pitman Training, our extensive collection of tutor-led training videos combines the flexibility of online learning with the live guidance of expert instructors.

Are the courses approved?

Yes our courses are accredited by awarding bodies and accepted by all employers.

When do the courses start?

We have monthly intakes for every course, please enquire to find out more.

I work nights, can I study part-time?

Yes, we recommend all our students allocate 8 to 10 hours per week. All our courses take up to 3 months to complete and our diplomas take up to 1 year.

Who will train me?

Some of our certifications are studied online using our interactive platform and some of our diplomas are conducted via online seminars.

Do I study online or at a training centre?

We offer a blended learning approach. Our courses and diplomas can be studied remotely from the comfort of your own home. You also have the option to also study in our centers if you prefer face-to-face learning.

If I fail an exam?

One re-sit is provided for our courses. However, we have a very high pass rates in completing the assessments.

Can I pay back over a period of time?

Yes, we offer various payment plans up to 36 months to help split the cost over a manageable period of time.

What is the cost?

Our costs vary for our courses and diplomas and start from as little as £20 per month over a 36-month payment plan period. Fill in the form to find out more.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

A great diploma that can help open the doors to a variety of careers thanks to its unique tailor-made set up. You could work towards any number of office administration type careers in roles such as Medical Secretary, Legal Secretary, PA, EA or Office Manager. Alternatively, you could utilise the skills gained to kick-start a rewarding career in an accounting role with positions such as Bookkeeper, Accounts Assistant or Finance Assistant.

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