Graphic Design

Course Aim

Graphic design is a visual medium for communication as well as self-expression. It is about communicating visually in order to inform, educate, entertain or persuade. Students are offered the opportunity to explore aspects of design with a view to identifying strengths and achieving their aims, be it in assembling a portfolio to gain entry to a degree course, or to proceed to employment.

Course Modules

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



5M1995 QQI Level 5 Graphic Design


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.

Progression To Degrees

NCAD | All studio courses | Level 8
TU Dublin | Visual Communication | Level 8
TU Dublin | Interior Architecture | Level 8
IADT | Visual Communication | Level 8
IADT | 3D Design, Model-making & Digital Art | Level 8
LIT | Art & Design - Common Entry | Level 8


Career Opportunities

Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:

Graphic Design | Animator | Multimedia | Fashion Design | Teaching | Product Design | Interaction Design | Motion Graphics


Coming into this course without completing the Leaving Certificate meant I had a lot of anxiety about whether I was able to get where I wanted to be. This course did an amazing job at reassuring me. I’ll be attending NCAD next and can recommend this course for everyone.

Tallon McGinn
Tallon McGinn
Graphic Design Graduate, 2018

Student Services Costs: €200

Government Levy (PPC): €200

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):

  • Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)


QQI Certification Charge:

  • QQI Level 5 €50
  • QQI Level 6 €80


Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses.

Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.



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