Graphic Design

QQI  Foundation in Graphic Design
(Visual Communications), Level 5

Duration: One Year

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Why study this Foundation in Graphic Design course?

The foundation course in Graphic Design (visual communications) is based in our Raheny Campus, which has easy access by train or bus. Our facilities include a full Apple IMac Graphic Studio, library, art rooms.  We also have a great student canteen. We have excellent links with all the major Art & Design Institutions throughout Ireland and the UK.  Students who study on our foundation year are highly regarded by Art & Design Departments in all the major colleges throughout Ireland.

Graphic Design at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education

What Will I Study?

This course has been designed to help you build a solid graphic design  portfolio that will enable you to progress to further study either at Higher National Diploma (HND) or Degree level (BA Hons). You will develop traditional visual communication skills with the latest graphic design software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. You will be working with a team of experienced Art & Design tutors who will help you to develop your creative problem solving skills. The areas that you will cover are Drawing, printmaking, digital photography, Illustration, Graphic Design, typography and design principles.  We continually encourage students to experiment with traditional image-making techniques combined with digital media.

Students have a busy schedule all year with regular trips to Galleries and Museums. Practical workshops are also run by visiting lectures in areas such as bookmaking, typography, illustration and Drawing.
These extra classes are given at no extra cost and are hosted by experienced visiting professionals from Industry.

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.

Graphic Design at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied , Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme.  Interview (with portfolio).  Mature students welcome.

What type of work should I include in my portfolio for interview?

We like to see  selection of creative work any medium. approx 4 pieces.

Two references required.


All QQI level 5 Art & Design students can progress directly to our two year BTEC Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design
(Visual Communications) Level 6+.


Students can apply with their portfolios for Visual Communications Degree Courses in all the Higher Education Institutions throughout Ireland Including:

National College of Art & Design (NCAD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT),  Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT),
Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and University of Ulster.


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Course Charge

One Year: €688*

* includes €200 Govt. charge