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Associate Certificate in Graphic Design

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 suitable for those with, or without, design experience / education, who wish to develop the skills and knowledge of a graphic designer.

This course fosters high standards of creativity, and provides a stimulating and encouraging learning environment.

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

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 1-year Higher National Certificate in Graphic Design programme at Dublin Institute of Design, into 1st Year of the 2-year Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design programme at Dublin Institute of Design, or into 1st Year of the 3-year BA in Graphic Design.

Students who progress will be exempt from certain modules, the content of which they have already covered. A fee reduction will also 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 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, March 2016

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, March 2016

Drawing again – I forgot how much I love it.

- Deirdre Wolfe, November 2015

High Point: The chance to apply knowledge learned in class to the projects and assignments, the variety of assignments.

- Sonia Camuna, November 2015

It’s very enjoyable. It’s creative and open. It gets you thinking about things more and observign in a different light.

- Mark Landy, November 2015

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, 2015

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, 2015

Brian Keenan, Logo Design and Branding, 10-week 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.