Graphic Design/Visual Communication


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Graphic Design

Course Modules

  • Design Skills
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design Skills
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Image Processing
  • Printmaking
  • Painting
  • Digital Photography
  • Combined Materials

Course Aim

Graphic design is a way for communication as well as self-expression. It is about communicating visually in order to inform, educate, entertain or persuade. Students are offered the facility of spending the year exploring aspects of design with a view to identifying strengths and evolving a strategy toward achieving their aims, be it in assembling a portfolio to gain entry to a degree course, or to proceed to employment. An annual exhibition of student work is organised as part of work experience module. It provides the opportunity for students to show work carried out over the year. Students advertise, set up and host the exhibition themselves. Students may also take work placements with various specialists – graphic designers, printmakers, textile designers etc.

Career Opportunities & Progression Routes

During the course students are assembling a portfolio of sufficient quality and quantity to give them a better chance of getting in a third level study in such disciplines as animation, film making, photography, model making and special effects, interior architecture, multimedia communications, art and design education as well as traditional fine art and craft areas. Another option is the entering progression to direct employment in areas such as graphic design, animation, fine art practitioner etc.

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at students who have completed the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, Leaving Certificate Vocational and mature students  

Gerard Reilly - Course Co-Ordinator


College registration Fees €200.00

Government Levy €200.00*

*Participants are exempt if they:

  • are in receipt of BTEA or VTOS allowance
  • Are eligible for a SUSI Grant
  • Have a full Medical Card

QQI level 5 exam fee €50**

QQI level 6 exam fee €80**

**Participants are exempt if they:

  • Are in receipt of BTEA or VTOS
  • Have a full medical card

Some Courses have additional Fees - these are outlined accordingly.