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Graphic Design

Course Code(s):  5M1995 GD
QQI Award Code:  5M1995 Graphic Design
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1995 GD
QQI Award Code 5M1995 Graphic Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This introductory Graphic Design course consists largely of studio-based projects & assignments complimented by visits to exhibitions, galleries and colleges.

There is a strong emphasis on the use of industry-standard software such as Adobe illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop. Many students use the course to prepare a high-quality portfolio of work for entry into third level. Past students of the course have progressed to further education or employment in areas such as Visual Communication, Web Design, Fine Art and Animation.

What will you Study?

Drawing 5N1862
Design Skills
Digital Photography 5N1270
Image Processing 5N1292
Graphic Design Skills 5N1978
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Computer Illustrated Graphics 5N1929
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
AGDXX 5M1995

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Art, Craft & Design
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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