Graphic Design & Illustration

The course offers a very different style of teaching and learning, that is unique in Hanoi, possibly throughout Vietnam with much more focused on the designer as an intellectual and creative person, capable of working across a wide range of activities and therefore a more sought after commodity in the employment market.



Course Duration

3 years full-time

The course introduces the student to the professional role of the Graphic Designer. The fundamental focus being on the creative process of independent visual thinking and problem solving through the development of ideas. The programme provides a comprehensive experience in graphic design disciplines and their applications whilst ensuring a ‘real world’ context for potential employment in a range of opportunities, including: corporate identity, advertising, illustration and packaging.

The unique nature of this course is its focus on the creation and development of ideas, appropriate to the needs of the problem identified. The student will be encouraged to use all types of traditional techniques, like drawing and crafting, before moving to the finishing processes involving computers and software programmes, where the emphasis will turn to quality of output. Whilst, of course, some training will be offered in software learning, the student will be expected to independently gain expertise.

The prominence placed on the evolution of the student portfolio is a significant factor in the course, as the portfolio is the vehicle with which the designer demonstrates his/her abilities throughout their career.

Year one will underpin the foremost practical experiences to be gained, including typography, packaging and design methods, with a historical and cultural context.

Year two will build on the experiences gained and further broaden to include a more vocationally directed focus. Specialist skills are introduced, including branding and identity, animation and collaborative projects with industry. This will be delivered using both ‘live’ projects and work placement opportunities.

The final year will prepare students for the world of appropriate employment. A major element that permeates the whole of the course is the need to prepare students to a professionally high standard, where the student needs to demonstrate independent creative development of ideas more than simply highly finished but merely decorative pieces of work.

Course Modules

  • Graphic Design Practice
  • Drawing Techniques
  • Professional Development
  • Visual Communication
  • Ideas Generation
  • Typography
  • Packaging
  • Contextual & Cultural Referencing
  • Photographic Skills
  • Visual Narratives
  • Branding & Identity
  • Web Design
  • Work Industrial Placement
  • Animation
  • Professional Practice
  • Graphic Arts Research Project
  • Studio Projects
  • Future Focus.

Accredited international qualifications with international pathways

LCDF-Hanoi provides a full-time bachelor programme with options for studying at LCDF-Hanoi and partner Universities in the UK. The 3 year programme of study culminating with a BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Illustration Level 06 accredited by Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Please refer to the programme specification via this link Course Catalogue

Besides, many LCDF - Hanoi students have transferred to the UK for BA (Hons) degrees or higher at the following Universities:

  • Northumbria University (Newcastle)
  • University of the Arts London
  • University of Creative Arts (London)
  • The University of the West of England (Bristol)
  • The University of Middlesex (London)
  • The University of Gloucestershire (Cheltenham & Gloucester)
  • Birmingham City University (Birmingham)
  • Instituto Marangoni (London)
  • Instituto Marangoni (Italy)
  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • Kingston University (Greater London)
  • University of East London
  • University of Hertfordshire ( Hatfield)
  • Loughborough University (Cambridge)
  • Nottingham Trend University
  • Salford University (Manchester)
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Savannah College of Arts and Design (USA)
  • Colombus College of Arts and Design (USA)

Some students also have transferred to other countries such as Savannah College of Art and Design (USA), Colombus College of Art & Design (USA), France, and Italy to continue their studies. Students are therefore able to experience more of an international lifestyle by studying outside Vietnam.

Teaching Styles

Teaching encompasses design studio practice, formal lectures, group seminars, tutorials, exhibition and store visits, presentations and practical workshops.

Assessment occurs at the end of each semester with informal critiques held at appropriate times throughout the year.


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Lin Jac

Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design

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Evgennia Ivanycheva

Lecturer in Illustration, Interior Architecture & Design

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Sam Murdoch

Drawing & Illustration Lecturer

Career Opportunities

The employment potential is very wide in the graphic industry, and the personal portfolio with which the student leaves, should demonstrate a bias to a chosen profession. Areas such as Branding, Illustration, Advertising, Packaging, Publishing, Website, UX - UI design, Animation are only a few examples.

Alumni & Students


Dan Ni

Graphic Designer

“I am very happy to be surrounded by this creative environment. The teaching methodology is very new and different form other colleges and universities here. I have learned to think independently and creatively.”

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Nguyen Minh Hoang

Graphic Designer

UK lecturers and international students here make me feels like studying in the UK. After studying at LCDF Hanoi, I have become more mature in my life as well as improving my design knowledge. Practice help me stimulate my creativity, raise research skills and generate my own personal style.”

Entry Requirements

  • High School Graduate or an equivalent international foundation course qualification which includes art and design.
  • English language certificate of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country and haven't completed a degree in English, you'll need to provide evidence of your English language ability to study with us. English for Design courses are available before and during the course for students who need to improve their English level to study with us.
  • Have ability in drawing or illustration or show interest (through interview). For students who are not based in Hanoi, portfolios and interviews can be done via Skype or submitted electronically.

Intensive Design Foundation

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you may be able to apply for a preparation course to help you gain entry to our undergraduate study.

Find out more


3 terms/ year, 8 terms

  • VND 92,500,000 per term, 3 terms per year
  • VND 239,000,000 per year


If you need any further information about accommodation nearby us and cost of living in Hanoi, please refer to the website below or feel free to ask us for support. You can find lots of information on houses in Tay Ho District, which is close to the college.

How to Apply

You can apply the course online or obtain application form from our college.
For further information on how to apply, please visit the How to Apply page.