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FETAC Award (Level 5 – 5M1995) - Graphic Design

Graphic design touches everything we do, everything we see, everything we buy: on web sites, iPhones, digital billboards, on TV, packaging, logos, branding.  We see it on street signs, in shopping malls, airports, sports stadiums, museums. Graphic Design is a playful process that works within a set of rules to find creative solutions to design problems.


About this Course

Generating ideas and learning how to visually communicate those ideas is at the heart of the graphic design course. A variety of projects be it in typography, logo design, illustration or exploring the elements of design all of these skills build and transfer into a solid graphic portfolio for entry into the BTEC HND Diploma in Graphic Design.

Students are also introduced to graphic software, including: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Course Content

Graphic Design foundation FETAC Award  (5M1995)

Graphic Design Skills, Design Skills, Drawing, Computer Illustrated Graphics, Digital Photography, Painting, Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design, Work Experience and Communications.

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate (including LCA) and interview (with portfolio). Mature students welcome.

BTEC Award: Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design

What type of projects will I explore on the BTEC HND in Graphic Design?

Creative Problem Solving -how to generate and communicate your ideas visually

Branding and Corporate Identity - brand development, the look and feel of a brand.

Packaging Design - retail packaging design. 

Motion Graphics and Animation - kinetic typography, animation for the web.

Typographic Ideas and Typographic Skills – exploring the relationships between
design, communication and meaning.

Illustration Design – visual storytelling, for online and printed media.

Web Design - for mobiles, tablets and desktop’s using  HTML5 and jquery,

Screen Design - App design for Iphone, Ipad. Icon Design.

mobile JavaScript framework including java applets

Information graphics – an introduction to the visual representation of information

Critical & Contextual Studies– design history and visual culture.

Live Project– in the final year we introduce the learner to a live project, real clients from Industry.
Personal Project - students have the opportunity to work on a personal project in their final year.
Building a professional design portfolio - the final task, that leads to advanced entry to degree level courses or a professional portfolio for entry into the jobs market.

Software used includes - Adobe CS6 Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver,
Adobe After Effects, Premiere.


BTEC HND 1What modules will I study?

Core units Year 1, Ideas Generation and Development, Visual Communications, Contextual & Cultural Referencing in Art & Design,

Specialist Units Year 1Digital Image Creation and Development, Digital Media in Art & Design,Typographic Skills, Typographic Ideas, Drawing Techniques and Processes

BTEC HND 2What modules will I study?

Core Units Year 2:  Ideas in Context, Project Design Implementation and Evaluation. Critical Study in Art & Design. Professional Practice in Art & Design

Specialist Units Year 2 : Interactive Media Design and Prototyping, interactive Media Web Authoring, Reference and Sources in Art and Design, Advanced Typographic Design


3 Years (4 Years with BA (Hons) Degree option)


FETAC Level 5 or equivalent with a minimum of four merits, interview with relevant portfolio.  Basic working knowledge of Adobe Software, Mature and postgraduate students welcome.


Opportunities and careers are wide and varied for graphic design graduates. The following are a sample of jobs for graphic designers in today's market that can be carried internationally:

Graphic Designer, Graphic Production Manager. Digital Producer, Illustration Designer. Web Designer, Apps Designer, Art Director, Design Manager, Motion Graphics Designer. Information Designer. Retail Brand Designer, Interactive Media Designer, Magazine Designer, Packaging Designer.


Final year entry BA (Hons) Graphic Communication or BA (Hons) Design Studies, University of Wolverhampton, UK, School of Art and Design.

ADVANCED ENTRY TO: Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dunlaoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Athlone Institute of Technology ( AIT) and University of Ulster.


Course Charges

Year 1: €688*
Year 2: €803*
Year 3: €693*

* includes €200 Govt. charge

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