This course emphasises the importance of ideas and originality of content as key elements and the fundamental cornerstone of the graphic design process. It encourages creativity, integrity, social and ethical responsibility and a sense of challenge in the work undertaken.
Sharing its first year with the Product Design and Interior Architecture courses, this course will expose you to design in its broadest sense, including media, motion and spatial applications, and you'll study and create work that transcends the 2D format.
Previous students have won a number of design awards, receiving 11 commendations and one category winner at the Roses Creativity Awards in 2014. This recognition culminated in one of our student winning a Yellow Pencil at the prestigious D&AD student awards, the design industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.
You’ll gain the skills you need to successfully operate as a professional graphic designer. You'll work on conceptual thinking, design sketching techniques, illustration and the use of digital media. In addition, you'll learn verbal and visual communication techniques, effective client liaison, team working skills and business and marketing principles.
This is a full-time course studied over four years and is accredited by Creative Skillset. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study.
What you study
- Foundation Graphic Design
- Foundation Digital Media
- Debates in Design
- Visual Research Methods
- Interactive Interface Design
- Graphic Design Studio
- Debates in Design
- Design & Business
- Illustration, Text and Image
- Art Direction
- Graphic Design Studio
- Design & Urbanism or Branding
- Design Research Methods
- Optional work experience or overseas study
- Media Production
- Major project
You'll also enter work into competitions.
Optional supervised work placement or overseas study module.
Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.
Minimum year 1
BBBB including English or other literary subject*, plus one of: Art, Product Design, Graphic Communication.
BCC including English or other literary subject*, plus one of: Art, Product Design, Graphic Communication.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Pre-2017 Grading System:
B1, B1, B3, B3 at HL including English or other literary subject*, plus one of: Art, Product Design, Graphic Communication.
New Grading System:
H2, H2, H3, H3 at HL including English or other literary subject*, plus one of: Art, Product Design, Graphic Communication.
BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3
Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.
BTEC (QCF) Diploma
Minimum grades D*D* (Distinction*, Distinction*) in a related subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with two subjects at HL with grades 6 and 5. These subjects must include English or other literary subject*, plus one of: Art, Product Design or Graphic Communication. In addition, one more HL subject is required at grade 4.
Minimum year 2
SQA Advanced Higher
BBC to include English or other literary subject*, plus one of: Art, Product Design, Graphic Communication.
BBB to include English or other literary subject*, plus one of: Art, Product Design, Graphic Communication.
Pass HNC in a relevant subject with Grade B in the graded unit.
Minimum year 3
Pass HND in a relevant subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.
Literary subjects accepted
*Modern Studies, History, Psychology, Sociology, RMPS, Theology, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Geography, Latin and Classics.
Other entry requirements
As part of the selection process suitably qualified applicants will normally be invited to submit a portfolio/attend an interview. This applies to all years of entry.
English language requirements
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.
Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
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