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Higher National Certificate in Graphic Design

Course Description

This internationally recognised qualification will provide you with a foundation of skills required by design practitioners. You will begin with the basics of graphic design practice, including design thinking, idea development, visual communication, typography and professional practice.

Starting Dates & Format

Course Duration:

1 Year

Mode of Study:

Part Time Day

Part Time Evening

Now enrolling for September 2021.

Please see our Timetable & Fees page for starting dates.

Course Content

A series of design-based lectures and studio projects exploring drawing, illustration, concept development and typography will ensure that you have a strong grasp of these core design skills.
You be introduced to industry-standard software, and you will gain experience of using it to implement your design solutions.


  • Professional Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Techniques and Processes
  • Typography
  • Graphic Design Practices
  • Communication in Art & Design
  • Screen Based Practices
  • Individual Design Project

Online Delivery for Term 1

Due to public health measures, we are delivering classes online for the first term of this academic year.
We will return to face-to-face classes on-campus as soon as it is safe to do so. In returning to face-to-face delivery, there may be some unavoidable changes to scheduled class times and/or days.
All enrolled students will be given as much notice as possible in the event of scheduling changes.


Upon successful completion of this course, you 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.

Further Progression

On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to progress into Year 2 of the 2-year Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design at Dublin Institute of Design.

Entry Requirements

Student Testimonials

This is a wonderful course for anyone interested in design. The tutors are helpful, welcoming and will challenge the way you think, it was all great to be surrounded by other creative people.

- Domenique Serfontein

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

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.