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


Student Services Costs:

Government Levy (PPC)

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.