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Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design

Course Description

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

Course Duration:

2 Years

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

Year 1

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
  • Typography
  • Graphic Design Practices
  • Communication in Art & Design
  • Contextual Studies
  • Screen Based Practices
  • Individual Design Project

Year 2

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

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.


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.

Entry Requirements

Advanced Entry

Applicants with previous education or experience in graphic design may apply for Advanced Entry to this programme.

Further Progression

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.

Student Testimonials

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.