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Graphic Design - Visual Communications

Course Code(s):  5M1995
QQI Award Code:  5M1995 Graphic Design
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Carlow Institute of Further Education

Carlow Institute 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

This is a one-year course/programme for students who are interested in pursuing a career in Graphic Design. This course enables students to develop problem- solving skills, generate ideas and develop them creatively. Students will combine essential drawing skills with the use of modern multimedia to produce a variety of Graphic Design projects such as posters, logo design, concept development and stationary design.

Using the design process daily students learn and develop the skills of a graphic designer. They can produce a portfolio of work which will show their varied skill in design and which they can use to progress to third level, either in the area of art and design or for those who wish to directly pursue a career in Graphic Design.

What will you Study?

Design Skills
Drawing 5N1862
Graphic Design Skills 5N1978
Communication
Work Experience
Desk-Top Publishing
Combined Materials 5N0764
Digital Photography 5N1270
Portfolio Preparation
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AGDXX 5M1995

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Related Career Sectors

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Art, Craft & Design
Media & Publishing
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