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Diploma Course Specialist Level 4

Here’s your opportunity to achieve that passion you have to become a Packaging and label Designer.


This Diploma Course in Packaging Design will provide you with the very best skills and knowledge to either help you break into this well-established industry or develop and add to the skills you already have.

We help create not just designers, but unique designers with creative skills and knowledge in this course. 

If you are serious about becoming a Packaging and label Designer, then get your course application in now!

What are you waiting for!

START DATE: Start Anytime of the Year

DURATION: 6-12 Months


(monthly instalment available – go to our ‘How to Enrol‘ page for more information)


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There are 7 modules in this course to be completed, plus a final exam which is carried out online through our online campus.

You will work closely with your very own one-to-one course tutor/design coach using live sessions on Skype at a time that suits you.

Full guidance and support in using the design software Adobe or Affinity will be provided for those who are not fully confident in using any of these. But for this level, you should have reasonable knowledge of using some of these, especially Adobe Illustrator or Affinity Designer.



The aim is to try and complete each module in one to two months depending on how much time you have available to you. This course can be flexible if you need to work around employment or other commitments.

It is also possible to complete this course sooner if you have a lot more time available to you. We can set out a study programme should you wish to finish in a specific time scale.

Throughout this course, you will be working on live projects which will also help to build your unique and creative portfolio which is valuable to any designer.


  • The full cost of this course is £700 with no extra costs
  • 25% off your next course for as long as you are studying with us
  • You will be given your own professional one-to-one tutor/design coach
  • Learn by doing and build a creative portfolio
  • You will receive on successful completion a recognised diploma certificate for this level
  • Become part of our creative community
  • All study material will be made available to you on our online campus
  • Your course can be either flexible or a fixed time
  • Customise your studies around your work or other commitments
  • Apply for an NUS Totum Professional Student Card for discounts etc
  • Full Career Guidance


This is a Specialist Level 4 Diploma Course and focuses on those wishing to increase their knowledge in the packaging design industry. Graphic Design is a key element of this course, however, you do not need to be a graphic design to apply for this course. 

Learning about Packaging Design in this course will provide you with unique skills and techniques so that you will be confident in carrying out design projects and managing the production of your final designs.


  • Learn how to plan your design from the start and find out different ways to make them stand out. 
  • You will get to know the problems you could face and how to solve these problems in advance of production. 
  • Work with cutting techniques and different types of stock for your packaging design.
  • Find out how to mock-up your designs so that you can prototype them.
  • Design and create Labels and Swing Tags for products along with the different types of production methods.
  • Find out how to test your designs and final mock-ups.
  • Get an inside look into brand identity design for packaging design and how to create logos and brand identities effectively.
  • All of your study material will be made available for this course along with templates to get you started.
  • Learn about environmental issues and ways to be environmentally friendly.
  • You will need to complete a PreCourse Assessment prior to starting the main course which is to help your course tutor/design coach understand your abilities before you get started. 
  • At the end of this course, you will have developed an amazing and focused portfolio which is a must for any designer. If you are wanting to impress an employer or client, then this is how to do just that.
MODULE ONE: Introduction to Packaging Design
In this first module, you will look at the history and the developments within the Packaging Industry plus the power of packaging design. You must understand the evolution of this ever-changing environment to help you to lay a foundation for your own style. Starting with this introduction module we will get you prepared for the rest of the course by helping you o understand the industry. There are 4 Projects to complete in this module which you will work on with your course tutor/design coach.
MODULE TWO: The Creative Process
One of the most valuable areas in your design career. This module will guide you and help you to develop your very own creative design process so that you will come up with your very own unique ideas and inspiration. We will go through a number of very useful steps so that you can develop your creative process which will more than help you to come up with creative solutions that work for your client and their audiences. A module not to be taken lightly.
MODULE THREE: Design for Packaging, Tags & Labels
Now that you have started to get your own design process into a system for yourself, we will now start you working on a number of projects which you will work on in great detail with your 1 to 1 Design and Training Coach. Here you will go through the complete process and cover all of the important, technical and production areas of packaging and label design. You will start working on some case studies before you work on the main module projects. 
MODULE FOUR: Testing Your Designs
You will take what you have designed in Module Three and be shown how to test your designs before you even attempt to go to final production. This will involve a number of test areas that will become very valuable to you as a designer and your clients. You will look at and understand all partners in the methodology and design, along with understanding shoppers behaviours and how packaging design effects the buying decisions.
MODULE FIVE: Presentation
Selling your ideas are just as important as designing them. In this module, you will learn how to present your ideas effectively and creatively. Using effective mock-ups and creating your presentation will be covered in great detail in this module. Once you have mastered the skills of presentation, you will be given a selection of projects to assist you with this area which again you will work on with your course tutor/design coach.
MODULE SIX: Packaging, Tags & Label Detective
Time to look outside your designs and into the world of Packaging and Label Design. Here you will be given several tasks to carry out and look at other projects to see how and why they have been done in a particular style and format. You will focus more on the Label and Swing tags for this module but not taking your eye off how these will work along side the packaging design concepts.
MODULE SEVEN: The Ultimate Project
Just as the title says in this module. You will be given a number of projects which will become your Ultimate Projects, bring everything you have learnt in this course to a close. You will not only find this module exciting but stimulating and inspiring.

How to Enrol

It is so easy to apply and enrol on our courses. Just follow the steps on our 'HOW TO ENROL' page to find out how by clicking on this button.


My employer asked me to find a course which would help me to learn packaging, lable and tag design. I am an inhouse graphic designer and packaging design is new to me. This course has helped me to fully understand every part of designing for packaging which pleases my employer a lot. Learning online has been great too and flexible for my work. I can now say that I fully understand packaging design. I’m now fully confident when starting all of my packaging design projects thanks to this course.


After reading a few reviews on the school, I learnt that people talk a lot of good and nothing bad about it. I have learnt so much about the industry and the help you get from the school is excellent. I am happy to pay twice as much for this course as I did and it will still be cheap. Excellent tutors, excellent value for money and the knowledge I’ve gained is very good. I am already much more confident in my work and people can see how my skills and knowledge progressed since I started this course.


Have a look at our 'Students' page and read some of the journies a selection of our students have taken with their course choices and career moves etc. We have also featured some of our former students to see how they are getting on after finishing their courses.


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