Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design
This internationally recognised qualification will provide you with the core skills required by industry. You will become familiar with graphic design practice, including editorial design, digital design methodologies, UI / UX, branding and identity design.
Starting Dates & Format
Mode of Study:
Part Time Day
Part Time Evening
Now enrolling for September 2020.
Please see our Timetable & Fees page for starting dates.
Your first year will focus on the core competencies required to build strong foundations as a design practitioner.
You will focus on idea generation, problem solving, design process and communication in response to a series of briefs. You will also use industry standard software to implement your design solutions.
The emphasis is on building your skills as a design thinker. We focus strongly on the process, not just the outcome.
Year 1 Modules
- Professional Development Contextual Studies
- Techniques and Processes
- Graphic Design Practices
- Communication in Art & Design
- Contextual Studies
- Screen Based Practices
- Individual Design Project
In Year 2, you will build upon these skills, taking on challenging projects in editorial design, branding and identity design, web design, illustration and image manipulation.
You will also look at design in a broader societal and cultural context through a large-scale project.
The modules are taught by practicing designers, and briefs are realistic and industry-focused, allowing you to create a dynamic portfolio.
Year 2 Modules
- Professional Practice
- Applied Design Practice
- Advanced Graphic Design Studies
- Advanced Digital Design
- Branding & Identity
On successful completion, you will be 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.
Applicants with previous education or experience in graphic design may apply for Advanced Entry to this programme.
On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for Advanced Entry to Year 3 of the QQI-accredited Level 7 BA Degree in Graphic Design at Dublin Institute of Design.
A great course for anyone interested in visual communications. Covers all bases - amazing experience for beginners in graphic design.
- Eimear Sinnott
Great experience being around other design minded people. Intense curriculum but very satisfying.
- Barry Hone
The 2nd Year has been great; really enjoying the practical sessions and the briefs are challenging. The feedback from tutors is excellent and has improved the learning experience / environment.
- Keri Pettigrew
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.