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Associate Certificate in Graphic Design

Cavendish Branding

10-week Associate Certificate in Graphic Design

Course Description

This comprehensive 10 week course introduces students to many of the key areas of graphic design, including illustration, idea development, typography, poster design, logo design and branding. Students use the industry-standard design software Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign to create imaginative promotional design work.

This course is ideal for those who have an interest in Graphic Design, whose who wish to explore the possibility of a career change, and those who would like to enhance their current skills with further professional development.

The course consists of lectures and studio sessions, and is assessed through a series of design projects and presentations.

Those who are solely interested in gaining software skills are advised to consider our Certificate in Adobe Software for Beginners course.

Starting Dates & Format

Course Duration:

10 weeks

Modes of Study:

Part Time Day

Part Time Evening

Please see our Timetable & Fees page for starting dates.


On successful completion of this course, students are awarded a Dublin Institute of Design Associate Certificate in Graphic Design, and a QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Component Certificate in Graphic Design (5N1978)

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

Progression Options

On successful completion of this course, students may progress into the Term 2 of our 1-year Higher National Certificate in Graphic Design / 2-year Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design programmes.

Students who progress will be exempt from certain modules, the content of which they have already covered. A fee reduction will apply.

Entry Requirements

Applicants aged under 23 must have completed the Leaving Cert, or a comparable secondary school examination, or have another Level 5 Qualification.

Mature and non-standard applications are welcome.

Please feel free to contact our Admissions team by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on 016790286.

Student Testimonials

I have really enjoyed the course. It was very intensive and involved a lot of work, but I got a lot our of it. The lecturers were very helpful and encouraging. The projects and lecturers were interesting. The emphasis on sketchbooks and progress work helped me to develop my design skills considerably and I think I will be creating more interesting and useful sketchbooks from now on!

- Suzanne Murphy

It’s very enjoyable. It’s creative and open. I like the way you’re encouraged to sketch, draw, photo, observe. Working externally – watching buses, museums, etc. – You are not limited to sitting at your desk all day and reading or writing loads of material. It sets you thinking about things more and observing in a different light.

- Mark Landy

This class is perfect if you are on the 50/50 on graphic design, this gives you enough material and knowledge to progress to something further or to become semi good at Adobe suite, I have picked up skills in this class I can forever use and good confidence to progress myself into intermediate level design. This is the perfect crash course for beginners.

- Ciaran Connolly

Course content was brilliant. Seeing the world around you in a completely different light. Course briefs that are very hands on and exciting.

- Hayley Jackson

I loved every aspect of this course. The content was intensive and well rounded with lots of ideas for further learning in my own time. The tutors are really knowledgeable and helpful while offering constructive encouragement. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting a “taste” of Graphic Design.

- Stella Sparks

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and loved that it awakened my senses. Course content was very good, lecturers were very approachable and I’ve learnt to appreciate my own mind of awakened skills I haven’t used in a long, long time.

- Leeann Matthews

Drawing again – I forgot how much I love it.

- Deirdre Wolfe

The course was very comprehensive and exceeded my expectations. The use of different media and sources of inspiration have totally changed the way I see the world around me. The peer feedback was very helpful and the tutors were always very encouraging. I would definitely recommend this course to a friend.

- Karen O'Mahony

I would recommend anyone considering a career in graphic design to enrol in the 10-week course. The standard of teaching is excellent, as are the facilities. The exercises / briefs were enjoyable and challenging, while the course content gives a great insight into Visual Communications / Graphic Design. Give it a go!

- Aengus O’Hanlon

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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