Certificate Graphic Design Introduction

Course Description

New for 2023 – This established graphic design course now offers QQI certification upon completion. The course will introduce you to the core principles of graphic design. Topics covered include illustration, concept development, typography, poster design, logo design and branding. During the 10 weeks, you will learn the basics of industry-standard design software Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.  DDI are one of the only colleges in Ireland that offer a QQI Accredited, 10-week graphic design course. 

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

Enthusiastic, practising designers will guide you through the principles of graphic design, and you will learn to deliver unique and original solutions to contemporary design briefs, including typographic and rebrand work.

Our class sizes are limited, ensuring that you receive high levels of direct feedback, engagement and interaction with our lecturers.

This course is ideal if you are interested in Graphic Design and keen to learn more; if you are considering a career change, or undertaking training as part of continued professional development (CPD), or if you would like to enhance your current skills and knowledge in this discipline.

This is a challenging course in which you will learn to develop imaginative design work, as well as a broad range of graphic design skills. If you are solely interested in gaining software skills, please consider our Certificate in Digital Applications


Course Content
Creative Thinking & Visual Recording

You will be introduced, through a series of techniques and tutorials, to the process to record, evaluate and ideas through visual means, namely using sketchbooks and drawing. You will be shown ow to visual record your research and challenged to look at the world around in you through the eyes of a designer.


You will explore typographic anatomy, form, alignment and composition in this part of the course which will result in you developing, through analogue techniques, a new typeface for your portfolio.


Through a series of design briefs you will be encouraged to build upon and develop your ability to solve problems through visual executions, using a variety of mixed media techniques. This will allow you to consider the vast array of media available to designers for visual problem-solving.


You will investigate modern branding practice and begin to understand the principles in terms of flexible brand solutions. You will work on a project that allows you to develop your own brand identity in the context of a given brief.

Software Skills (Adobe Creative Suite)

Understanding how to digitise your work is a vital part of contemporary design practice. You will be shown, through a series of tutorials how to achieve professional results using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. While the software is explored, it must be noted that this course focuses on developing design ability and is not a software training course. Our Certificate in Beginners Adobe course is purely for those seeking to enhance their software skills.

Admissions requirements

Applicants aged under 23 must have successfully completed the Leaving Cert / comparable secondary school examination, or hold another qualification at Level 5 or higher on the National Framework for Qualifications (NFQ).

Mature applicants are welcome and highly valued at our Institute. We have a robust policy in place to support mature learners, for more information on our approach, please contact our Admissions Team by email at admissions@dublindesign.ie or by telephone on 01 6790286.

Language Requirements

We welcome international students to our courses. If English is not your first language, evidence of proficiency is required. This can be provided through a recognised English test result or qualified by experience e.g. where an individual has been working in an English speaking environment for 12 months +.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a QQI Lvl 6 microcredential in Graphic Design.

Please note that a valid PPS (Personal Public Service) number is required by QQI for certification.

Progression Options

We encourage our students to look at our short courses as pathway options to nationally accredited and internationally recognised degree programmes.

Students who progress from this 10- week course to a 1-year Higher Certificate course with us at Dublin Design Institute will benefit from a reduced fee for the follow-on course. For more information about fees and payments, please contact our Student Services Team.

Career Opportunities

This 10 week course is a first step into the profession of Graphic Design, providing you with a solid overview of the core principles within this discipline. The course enables you to develop creative skills as well as testing the many areas associated with the discipline.

Many of our graduates on this course, progress in to further study options with us and often to the full BA degree programme, which further increases employment prospects in the area of Graphic Design.

Practical Matters      

As some of our courses are online and others are in the classroom/onsite, please make sure you have checked this specifically for the course that you are interested in.   

Once you have registered for a course, additional information will be provided to you in our ‘Enrolled Student Information Packs’. This pack includes reading lists, materials lists and any other course specific information or equipment that may be required.    

For courses taking place online, please make sure you have access to a computer or laptop, Wi-Fi and that you can access Microsoft Teams. 


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At a Glance

Start Date Monday 30th January 2023 (Evening)
Thursday 2nd February (Day)
Duration 10 weeks
Study Mode Part-Time Evening (PTE)
Part-Time Day (PTD)
Delivery Mode Part-Time Evening: Online
Part-Time Day: In Class
Class Schedule Monday & Thurs Online: 6.00 – 9.00pm
Thursday In Class: 10.00-5pm
Saturday 2.00-5.00pm(online session)
Fees €1095
Accreditation QQI Microcredential Level 6 - 20 ECTS Credits)

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