BA Degree Graphic Design

Course Description

This popular degree programme delivers a comprehensive range of graphic design skills while preparing graduates for a career in Graphic Design.  The programme offers both full-time and part-time scheduling options.

Why study with us?
  • 25 Years experience providing design education
  • Mature student friendly
  • State accredited Institution
  • Strong industry connections
  • Design education taught by experienced design professionals
  • Part time/ full time/ in class/ online options
  • High rates of graduate employment
  • Award Winning Institute
  • Range of payment plans available
Course Content
Year 1

Year 1 will introduce you to a comprehensive range of skills and principles of design. Industry awareness underpins teaching, with realistic briefs mirroring real-world scenarios while allowing you to experiment with techniques and processes. This year will explore visual language and the landscape of communication design. The emphasis is on studio practice, testing techniques and investigating theory and how it links to practice. You will be encouraged to consider integrated approaches to design solutions and build reflective practice and strategies for future development.

Modules: Design Communication 1, Illustration, Image Making, Typography 1, Digital Applications 1, Professional Development and Contextual Studies 1 and StudioLAB 1

Year 2

In your second year, you will build upon this foundation by applying these skills and process across a range of different contexts. At this stage, you will work across a number of sub fields. Through research and enquiry, you will explore various approaches to solving specific design problems. By the end of your second year, you will have achieved a deeper knowledge and understanding of the core principles of graphic design, and you will have explored a range of modules that inform contemporary design practice. You will now be ready progress to a more innovative self-directed practice.

Modules: Design Communication 2: Branding and Digital Design, Digital Illustration, Digital Photography, Typography 2, Digital Applications 2, Professional Development and Contextual Studies 2 and StudioLAB 2

Year 3

In your final year, you will take on more personalised and industry-focused projects. At this stage, you will manage high level design research projects, and engage with your peers in a collaborative and professional manner.

By the end of Year 3 you will have shown initiative and autonomy through a range of original design solutions, and you will be ready to engage with industry in an independent and knowledgeable manner.

Modules: Design Communication 3: Major Design Project, Typography 3, Digital Applications 3, Professional Development and Contextual Studies 3 and StudioLAB 3.

Part-time scheduling options now enrolling for September 2023.
Full-time scheduling options now enrolling for September 2023.

Entry Requirements

Standard applicants (School leavers under 23yrs old) are required to have completed the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) with five subjects, including English and Mathematics, at D3 Ordinary or better, or equivalent.

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio, or to sit an aptitude test. Applicants are also required to sit an interview with the Head of Department to confirm their suitability for the course.

Guidelines for portfolio preparation and submission are available for here.

Mature applicants are also very welcome to apply.

Mature applicants are required to submit a portfolio, or to sit an aptitude test, and are also required to sit an interview with the Head of Department to confirm their suitability for the course.

The Institute operates a comprehensive policy and procedure in relation to the Recognition of Prior Learning. This facilitates progression from other programmes of education, both internally within the Institute and externally from other Institutions, and on the basis of prior academic or experiential learning, or a combination of both.

Payment Options

DDI offer flexible payment plans for this course, which you can access here.  If you have any queries relating to course fees or our payment options please email or call on + 353 1 6790 286


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

Advanced Entry

Advanced Entry is where an applicant has previous work experience and/or educational achievements that are considered directly relevant to the programme they wish to apply for. In such cases, it is possible to gain module exemptions and / or entry to an advanced stage of a programme. Advanced entry is sometimes referred to as Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and a specific application form for admission through RPL is available here.


On successful completion, you will be awarded the QQI-accredited BA Degree in Graphic Design. This award is a Level 7 qualification on Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), with 180 ECTS Credits assigned.

QQI is Ireland’s official state higher education awarding body.

Upon graduation, you will have the option to embark on a path of further study through one of the Level 8 programmes offered at a range of highly regarded educational institutions across the country and internationally.

Protection of Enrolled Learners (PEL)

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded

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At a Glance

Start Date w/b 25th September 2023
Duration 3 Years
Study Mode Part-Time Day (PTD)
Part-Time Evening (PTE)
Full Time
Delivery Mode Part-Time Day (PTD): In-class delivery
Part-Time Evening (PTE): In-class delivery
Part-Time courses have additional Saturday session (online)
Full Time: In-class delivery
Fees €5,500 (Full Time EU students) €8,500 (Full Time Non-EU students) €3,350 (Part Time Day & Evening) per year
Accreditation QQI - Level 7 (180 Credits)