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Visual Design Course & Internship

In Cape Town or Berlin.
No experience required.

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Visual Design is about telling a story, beautifully.

Every brand, company, and movement, has as story, a personality, a purpose. Visual designers bring that to life through graphics, logos, posters, photography, web designs, and virtually anything else that the human eye can see.

Visual designers are responsible for how a product—and all the messaging and advertising around that product—looks. They’re involved in everything from choosing colors and fonts to building icons, graphics, and layouts.

Design explain
Diana matei
Diana Matei, iX Visual Design 2018
Student at the University of Miami
"I loved how the Visual Design course challenged me in ways I haven't experienced before. Our teacher did a good job of pushing me in a creative way towards doing and achieving more than I thought I could. My biggest take away from class was how real life it felt. The time constraints and situations we were put in were incredibly realistic, which is an environment I’ve never been in before."

iX Visual Design alumni have gone on to work at

An integrated program to prepare you for the 21st century.

We combine enriching cultural education, high-intensity skills development, and real-world professional experience—an essential combination for an impactful career in the future.
Week 1:
Global Studies
All of our programs begin with an immersion into your chosen city. Take classes about the city's history, culture, and current events to understand your context. Explore your surroundings through iX-sponsored excursions.

Weeks 2-3:
Skills Bootcamp
Start building your skill set—quickly. Our collaborative, workshop-style courses, taught by industry experts, will push you to learn faster than you thought possible. Finish up with an impressive portfolio of class projects, and get ready for your internship.

Weeks 4-6:
Internship
Go beyond the classroom with a guaranteed internship. Work with a company abroad to apply your gained classroom knowledge in a professional environment. Finish up with a clear deliverable to show future employers.
Program structure bracket
Throughout the 6 weeks, there will be readings and reflection pieces that prompt you to connect your international experiences, skills training, and internship. The entire program will add up to 6 credits from the University of Virginia. By the end, you will have a deep understanding of your city in a global context, and a powerful set of skills and work experience to accelerate your career.
More about the credits from UVA.

An intense skills bootcamp with expert instruction and mentorship.

iX classes quickly prepare you to create real-world value. Small class sizes mean you build personal relationships with your teaching team.

Note: This course overview is for informational purposes only. The content and learning objectives are set by your teachers, and may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curriculum revisions, the actual pace of learning by students, and other factors.

  • Design principles

    Design Fundamentals

    The psychology of colors, lines, shapes, textures, fonts. The power of space, rhythm, composition, structure. The design life-cycle, principles of design and storytelling through visual design.

  • Adobe

    Design and Implement

    Design for print, web, and mobile using Adobe CC, including Illustrator, InDesign, and XD. Design for social media brand-building and create and build impactful content. Create graphics, logos, sketches, icons, and other visuals using Adobe Software or similar. Build mock websites using Wix, Squarespace, or similar.

  • Visualization

    Present and Future Focus

    Deconstruct and deliver on an industry design brief according to demanding specifications. Principles of design for sustainability: designing with the environment in mind. Creative confidence, how professionals separate their self-confidence from their work.

Beata wilczek
Beata Wilczek
Researcher and Designer
2019 Design Teacher

"My goal is to make design students aware that what they make is highly political and impacts not only people but also the environment."

Request the full Visual Design program info pack

Includes in-depth information about the industry, our curriculum, cities, internship options, and other important FAQs.

Apply your skills immediately.

Our internships are different from the usual. Instead of leaving you on your own, we provide you with daily support and occasional classes to cover additional material. That means you'll be able to create huge value in a short time—all of which you can add to your resume to show future employers.

More about internships at iX
Leonyte

Berlin

A biotech startup whose revolutionary technology provides reliable detection of harmful substances in real time and empowers others to act fast.

Denk Fabrik

Berlin

Berlin based company DenkFabrik works on the adoption of blockchain technology in the real world through blockchain education and consulting.

NextBigThing

Berlin

Next Big Thing is an Internet of Thing (IoT) company, offering a complete framework for the acceleration of IoT ventures.

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Working with so many talented and driven students made for an incredible learning experience. iXperience inspired me and sparked my passion for design.

Sarah Schachman, iX Alum from Harvard, now Senior Designer at Shopify

Let's talk options.

Choose a city to view availability and pricing.
Dates for Cape Town
Session 1:
May 25 - July 3

Not available

Session 2:
July 6 - August 14

Applications open

Program fees for Cape Town

$9470

Dates for Berlin
Session 1:
May 25 - July 3

Applications open

Session 2:
July 6 - August 14

Applications open

Program fees for Berlin

$10470

Our program fees include all costs except flights, transport to internships, and daily living. We provide need-based financial aid to better include students from all walks of life.
Included in every program
  • 6 credits of coursework
  • A guaranteed internship placement
  • Comfortable, secure housing
  • International insurance
  • Immersive cultural excursions and events
  • Airport pickup and dropoff
  • LinkedIn, resume, and career support
  • Lifetime access to the global iX Alumni Network
iX Financial Aid

iXperience offers direct need-based financial aid to all qualifying students. Your eligibility for financial aid is determined entirely by your demonstrated need, and you'll have the chance to apply along with your iX program application. Applying for financial aid will not impact your admissions decision in any way.

Thoughts
from our alumni.

Morgan zagerman
Morgan Zagerman
Stanford University Class of 2021

iX pushed me to make work that I had no idea I could make. We were taught by such amazing designers like Beata, Lark, and Paul, and they held us to such a high standard and made us want to do really good work.

Kate clawson
Kate Clawson
Tufts University Class of 2021

Digital Design taught me an immense amount about design on a practical level, while giving me an idea as to what pursuing a career in design may be like. I learned how important design is in our everyday lives and the amount of consideration involved in the development of everything around us.

Camelia betancourt
Camelia Betancourt
Iowa State Class of 2020

All of the things that we learned in Design are completely relevant to so many fields today! It was definitely fast-paced and out of my comfort zone slightly, but felt so current. We learned about brand communication and development, as well as the software that comes with it!

Noelle betkowski
Noelle Betkowski
Metropolitan State Class of 2021

Design is very multi-faceted and all of its branches/fields take a lot of work; for the most part, you get back what you put into it. Michelle, our teacher, has been one of the most supportive and constructive teachers I've ever had, creatively and otherwise.

A streamlined application process.

Complete your application in an hour.
Regular Decision 1 application deadline: January 30, 11:59 pm PT.
STEP 1

Build your summer. (5 mins)

Use our application platform to choose the best city, course, and date combination for you. Not sure what combo to pick? Don't worry – you can change your selection after submitting your application. Our Admissions Team is always here to help.
STEP 2

Choose between a written application or phone interview. (30-45 mins)

You can write our short application essays, or choose to schedule a phone interview with one of our admissions consultants, if the option is available. Our advice? Just be yourself!
STEP 3

Confirm your eligibility. (10 mins)

In order to receive your admissions decision, you'll need to confirm that you are in good academic standing with your home institution and that you are approved to study abroad. We'll send you a form to complete with your study abroad advisor to make this easy. We highly recommend meeting with your study abroad office and other advisors about your summer plans.
STEP 4

Get your admissions decision.

You'll hear back in 2-4 weeks. Earlier applications receive quicker decisions and preferential admission. After receiving your decision, you'll have opportunities to ask more questions about the program or even put your parents in touch.
STEP 5

Secure your spot.

As spots at iXperience are limited, we encourage our admitted applicants to secure their spot in the program by paying their deposit.