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QQI Award (Level 5 – 5M1995) - One Year, BTEC HND Award  - Two Years 

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About the Graphic Design Course 

Graphic design covers a wide range of areas from designing for advertising, posters, flyers, packaging and magazines,  to design for on screen graphics such as website design and mobile apps. On this course students learn a broad range of skills such as the principles of design, illustration, digital photography and the art of type (typography) . We use graphic software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Web design software.

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QQI Level 5  Graphic Design Portfolio Course (5M1995) One Year

Course Content 

Graphic Design Skills, Design Skills, Drawing, Illustration, Computer Illustrated Graphics, 

Digital Photography, Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design, Work Experience and Communications.

Students are also introduced to graphic software, including: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign in the first year.

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate and interview (with portfolio). Mature students welcome.

What type of work should I include for interview for the QQI Level 5 Foundation Course?

We like to see a broad selection of work which can include some of the following:
Sketchbooks 1 or 2 sketchbooks, include observational drawings.
6 Finished drawings for example, the figure, landscape, still life, Imaginary composition.
Different media examples could include photography, creative writing projects, craft work, painting, print making, Illustration, digital media created using graphic software, Web Design projects. 
Two references required.

BTEC HND AWARD: Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design -
Two Year Course

Course Content

Generating Ideas for Design projects, Branding and Corporate Identity, Packaging Design, Motion Graphics and Animation for the Web, Typographic Ideas and Typographic Skills, Illustration, Poster Design, Web and mobile App Design, Book Design,  Build a design portfolio – for advanced entry to degree level courses or a  portfolio for entry into the jobs market.

Software used includes - Adobe Master Suite, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver,  After Effects, Premiere.

What  Modules will I study for the BTEC HND in Graphic Design?

Ideas Generation, Visual Communications, Contextual & Cultural Referencing, Digital Image Creation, Digital Media, Typographic Ideas, Typographic Skills, Drawing Techniques and Processes, Ideas in Context, Project Design Implementation and Evaluation,  Critical Studies, Professional Practices in Art & Design, Interactive Media Design and Prototyping, Interactive Media Web Authoring, Reference and Sources in Art and Design, Advanced Typographic Design,  


3 Years (4 Years with BA (Hons) Degree option)

Direct Entry Requirements For The BTEC HND In Graphic Design

QQI Level 5 or equivalent with a minimum of four merits, interview with relevant portfolio.  Basic working knowledge of Adobe Software, Mature and Postgraduate students welcome.

What should I include in my portfolio for direct entry to the BTEC HND Course in Graphic Design?
Overall we like to see a portfolio that demonstrates a good standard of visual skill, creativity,
self motivation and experimentation in a variety of media. Which may include drawing, digital media, printmaking, photography, design projects. A large part of the Graphic Design Course involves visual presentation so neatly present your work to your best possible advantage. Present in an A2/A3 size portfolio. Two References required.

Career Opportunities

Graphic Designer, Graphic Production Manager, Digital Producer, Illustration Designer. Web Designer, Apps Designer, Art Director, Design Manager, Motion Graphics Designer. Information Designer. Retail Brand Designer, Interactive Media Designer, Magazine Designer,
Packaging Designer.

Progression To Degree Level

Final year entry BA (Hons) Graphic Communication or BA (Hons) Design Studies,
University of Wolverhampton, UK, School of Art and Design.

Advanced Entry To:

 Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and University of Ulster.

Course Charges

Year 1: €688*
Year 2: €848*
Year 3: €693*

* includes €200 Govt. charge

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