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HNC Graphic Design

Higher National Certificate in Graphic Design

Course Description

The course fosters high standards of creativity, and provides a stimulating and encouraging learning environment. The internationally recognised qualification provides students with a strong foundation in graphic design skills and knowledge, including a variety of illustration techniques, typography, and idea development. Students become skilled in the use of industry-standard design software including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Students graduate from this one-year programme with an impressive and varied portfolio, which showcases their ability to deliver original and effective graphic design solutions.

Starting Dates & Format

Course Duration:

1 Year

Modes of Study:

Part Time Day

Part Time Evening

Now enrolling for October 2018.

Please see our Timetable & Fees page for starting dates.

Course Content

This course introduces students to a comprehensive range of skills relevant to the world of graphic design. These skills form the foundation required to develop an in-depth understanding of the process of graphic design, as well as the methodologies and skills required to become a practicing designer. A series of design-based lectures and studio projects exploring drawing, illustration, concept development and typographical studies ensures that students have a strong grasp of these core graphic design skills. Through mixed media and digital work, students develop and create innovative graphic design solutions in response to a series of design briefs.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Graphic Design, which is equivalent to a Level 6 qualification on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

BTEC is the largest accrediting body in the UK and BTEC qualifications are recognised globally.

On successful completion, students have an impressive portfolio which showcases their varied graphic design skill set, including concept development, typography work, poster design, logo design and branding.

Further Progression

On successful completion, students may progress into 2nd Year of the Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design programme at Dublin Institute of Design.

Entry Requirements

Student Testimonials

I love the way the curriculum is woven together with units building on and drawing from previous units. I am impressed with the whole curriculum and the learning process it stimulates.

- Alison Chambers

For me the high point was to realise what I could do. At the beginning I did not think that I could go so far… but the teachers were really great and the critiques was so helpful that I was able to see progress in my work. I'm really happy about the course and the attention offered by the teachers and in admission by Brian. He was so patient with all my questions. I already recommended for friends, because I could see my progress through the course.

- Bruna Marcolongo Schmitz

Enjoying the course so fare and getting the opportunity to develop skills and use a variety of materials to get a deeper understanding of the artistic design process. Lots of discover for ourselves which is great. Looking forward to getting feedback / results from briefs as its hard to gauge how we’re getting on so far.

- Geraldine Brady

I was extremely impressed by the content of the course and the amount we covered in a short space of time. It was a welcoming, warm learning environment and i was very impressed with the standard of the lecturers.

- Ian Foley

Valentina Ali, Original Typeface Design, HNC Graphic Design, 2013

If you would like more information about this course, please fill the "Request more information" form above.

As numbers are limited for this course, pre-booking is essential.

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