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BA Degree Graphic Design

BA Degree Graphic Design - 3 Year Level 7 QQI award

Course Description

This programme has been developed to provide students with a range of skills and qualities required by graphic designers within the industry.

The programme introduces students to design thinking and idea generation. Through practical studio based projects an understanding of the design process is cemented. Technical skills are taught and combined with innovative ideas to produce exciting and well-executed graphic design solutions. The programme is delivered through a series of lecturers, supervised studio sessions and practical skills training sessions.

Starting Dates & Format

Course Duration:

3 Years

Mode of Study:

Full Time

Now enrolling for September 2021.
Application guidelines can be found here.

Please see our Timetable & Fees page for start dates and fee information.

Course Content

Year 1

Year 1 of the programme consists of 5 modules. Students learn about key influences in graphic design and use this knowledge to influence their own work. Image making and typography are an integral part of the first year and practical training sessions allow students to realise their ideas using industry standard software.

Modules: Image Making, Typography, Idea Generation, Contextual and Cultural Studies 1, Digital Design Technology 1

Year 2

Year 2 of the programme consists of 5 modules. Students learn new skills while building on the core learning from Year 1. Year 2 places more emphasis on the digital environment and allows students to concentrate on a number of subfields such as Web Design, Editorial Design and Photography. By the end of Year 2 students achieve a deeper knowledge and understanding of the core principles of graphic design and are in a position to progress to more self-led, innovative projects.

Modules: Digital Image Making & Photography, Digital Typography, Branding & Digital Design, Contextual and Cultural Studies 2, Digital Design Technologies 2

Year 3

The focus of the Year 3 programme is on professional practice and self-led learning with the completion of a major design project. This year gives students an understanding of what is expected from professional design practice while allowing them focus on an area of personal interest through selecting their own major project subject. On completion of Year 3 students are able to demonstrate initiative and autonomy through a range of original design solutions, and are ready to engage with industry in an independent and knowledgeable manner.

On successful completion of the BA Graphic Design students have a strong portfolio of creative, original design work, which shows their varied skill set and demonstrates ability to communicate visually.

Entry Requirements

All applications for this programme are made directly to the Institute via the online application system.

Standard applicants (School leavers under 23yrs old) a required to have completed the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) with five subjects, to include English and Mathematics, at D3 Ordinary or better, or equivalent. Standard applicants are also required to submit a portfolio of work for assessment OR to complete an aptitude test as part of the application process. Please see the Standard Applicants page for application guidelines.

Applications are accepted from non-standard applicants (e.g. mature learners over 23yrs old with or without a relevant qualification, school leavers who do not meet the minimum Leaving Certificate or portfolio requirement). Please see the Non-Standard applicants page for application guidelines.

Advanced Entry

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


On successful completion, learners are awarded the QQI BA Graphic Design. This award is a Level 7 qualification.

QQI is the state Higher Education awarding body.

Protection for Enrolled Learners

A learner protection charge of €275 applies in each academic year in addition to standard tuition fees.

Student Testimonials

Tatiana Macari BA Degree Graphic Design

If you are considering doing a course in Dublin Institute of Design, my advice is: do it, you will not regret it! Dublin Institute of Design provides you with the tools, however, it’s up to you to fully utilise them. I cannot thank my lecturers enough for the support (and sometimes the much needed criticism) provided over the years.

A special thank you to Danielle, who is a wonderful mentor, one with indispensable knowledge and who I will always turn to for advice. Her passion, sheer determination and belief in each student is indisputable.

These characteristics help to shape each student to reach beyond their potential and become a great designer, one who is equipped for the "real world”. My BA Degree in Graphic Design has opened many doors for me, and the future is looking very bright indeed. Thank you!

Tatiana Macari, BA Degree in Graphic Design 2018
Winner of IDI Graduate Award 2018

I really recommend this course. It covers what we need to be a good and unique graphic designer.

- Reyna Lopez

I really recommend this course. It covers what we need to be a good and unique graphic designer.

- Danny Romero

I am so impressed with Danielle s vast array of knowledge and her attention with each student. That takes a lot of energy and dedication. Isobel is fantastic, cares so much. Brian in the Library always so helpful. I am grateful for all my support as mature student. It has opened up many doors. Thank you.

- Mary O’Reilly

I really thoroughly enjoyed my 1st year at DID, the content was engaging, fun, creative and at times messy (loads of poster paint), in a relaxed and open environment which encourages self directed learning.

- Darren Dean Cronje

I’m very much enjoying the course and already know I will miss it in June. That’s down to peers and lecturers.

- Peter Mullen