Graphic Design

Course Aim

Graphic design is a form of 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

2021-22 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 13th September 2021. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after 1st October 2021. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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