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HND Graphic Design

Higher National Diploma 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 comprehensive range of key skills for the development of dynamic graphic design practice, including illustration, typography, idea development, photography, web design, logo design, branding and advertising. Students become skilled in the use of industry standard design software including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Students graduate from this two-year programme with a strong, well-rounded portfolio, showcasing both conceptual and industry-focused projects.

Starting Dates & Format

Course Duration:

2 Years

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

Year 1

Year 1 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 ensure 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.

Year 2

Year 2 sees students build upon this foundation by applying these skills and processes in a range of different contexts. Students explore a number of fields, including editorial design, digital typography, web design, photography, digital image making, branding, advertising and digital design technology. By the end of Year 2, students achieve a deeper knowledge and understanding of the core principles of graphic design, develop an impressive and varied portfolio, and are ready to engage in innovative Graphic Design practice.


On successful completion, students are awarded the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design. This qualification is equivalent to Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications Ireland.

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

On successful completion, students have a strong portfolio of creative, original, design work, which not only shows their varied skill set, but demonstrates their ability to communicate visually. .

Entry Requirements

Student Testimonials

I found it really valuable that the tutors are working in the industry. We are getting up to date knowledge based on the real market.

- Hanna Johansson

Excellent course, friendly staff and teachers. Dublin Institute of Design gave me a lot of confidence.

- Arturas Jelesinas

All assignment briefs were well planned, clearly written, giving excellent detail as to all requirements of the project. This enables the students to work in a genuinely realistic way and also gives multiple opportunities for the practice of skills through varied complex tasks.

- BTEC External Centre Examiner

Claire Jakstas, Photography and Poster Design, HND Graphic Design, 2015

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.