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Graphic Design

Course Code(s):  5M1995
QQI Award Code:  5M1995 Graphic Design
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education

Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

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

Course Description

Generating ideas and learning how to visually communicate those ideas is at the heart of the graphic design course. A variety of projects be it in typography, logo design, illustration or exploring the elements of design all of these skills build and transfer into a solid graphic portfolio. Practical skills in mastering Adobe software are also taught using Adobe Master Suite CS6.

At the end of this course you will have a professional design portfolio for entry into the jobs market or further study at Degree level.

What will you Study?

Year 1:
Graphic Design Skills 5N1978
Design Skills
Drawing 5N1862
Computer Illustration
Illustrated
Digital Photography 5N1270
Appreciation of Art
Craft and Design
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690

Years 2 and 3 BTEC Higher National Diploma:
Ideas Generation and Development
Visual Communications 5N0690
Drawing 5N1862 Techniques
Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design
Digital Image Creation and Development
Digital Media in Art and Design
Typographic Skills
Typographic Ideas
Ideas in Context
Professional Practices
Project Design Implementation and Evaluation
Critical Study in Art and Design
Interactive Media Design and Prototyping
Reference and Sources
Advanced Typographic Design
Interactive Media Web Authoring 5N1910
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

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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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