Certificate Graphic Design Introduction

Course Description

This popular QQI Accredited 10-week course will introduce you to the core principles of contemporary graphic design. Topics covered include design communication, image making and illustration, concept development, idea generation and digital applications. During the course, you will learn how to visualise your ideas, create engaging branding, develop an ability to creatively manage a project along with using the Adobe Suite to digitally realise your projects. Briefs are real-world and allow you to develop multiple concepts to present to our team, just as you would in a studio environment or if you were working with a client.

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

This is an intensive course designed to give you solid introduction to contemporary design practice. You will attend two core classes (day or evening depending on the chosen mode of study), plus an online session on Saturday. This session is recorded so you can access in your own time. Additionally our part-time students can avail of Studio Support, giving you bookable time directly with lecturers outside of class time.

The Certificate Graphic Design Introduction offers the experience of studying design, and will help you to define individual creative ambitions through a primer programme of study. This 10-week course orientates you with a foundation in the core skills of contemporary design practice, framed around the discipline of design communications or graphic design. Awareness of industry and practice shapes the teaching. Briefs mirror real-world scenarios, at the same time creating space for you to develop enquiry and experiment. The emphasis is on studio practice. Exploring creative processes, testing practical techniques, building research, investigating theory, and how it links to projects.This is complemented by digital skills, that allow you to operate within modern studio environments.


Course Content
Design Communication 1

The aim of this module is to begin the development of visual literacy in relation to design. Through experimentation, analysis and investigation, the module introduces methods and strategies for the development of a design process that can accommodate and withstand future problem-solving needs.

Image Making

The module aims to introduce you to a wide range of image making techniques and processes. These include, but are not limited to photography, various printmaking techniques, mark making, etching, lino and mono print. The emphasis is on experimentation and testing out new techniques to develop design solutions that assist in creative problem-solving using visuals as a means of expression.

Digital Applications

You will digitally realise your design projects from he above modules in the Digital
Applications session. You will begin to realise your designs through the use of industry standard software (Adobe Suite) and hardware.

Admissions requirements

Applicants aged under 23 must have successfully completed the Leaving Certificate/a 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 the Institute and can be admitted based on prior learning and work experience. We have a robust Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 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 6790 286.


Course fees are to be paid in full prior to the course start date. If you have any queries relating to fees or payment please email or call us on 01 679026.

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 the successful completion of a recognised English language test e.g. IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge Exams/DET. In addition to language test results, the Institute also recognises language qualification by experience e.g., where an individual has been working or studying in English or in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of 12 months.


Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the QQI-accredited Certificate in Graphic Design Introduction. This minor award/microcredential carries 20 ECTS credits and is a Level 6 qualification on Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). QQI is Ireland’s official state higher education awarding body.

Please note that a valid PPS (Personal Public Service) number is required by QQI for certification. Without a valid PPS number, certificates may not be issued.

Progression Options

Upon successful completion of this course Certificate in Graphic Design Introduction, you can progress on to the 1 Year Certificate in Graphic Design and/ the 3 Year BA Degree in Graphic Design. Students who progress from this Certificate Introduction course to a 1-year 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 studentservices@ dublindesign.ie

Career Opportunities

This Certificate Introduction 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, further increasing employment prospects in the area of Graphic Design.

Practical Matters      

The Institute offers courses in class and online. You are advised to check the mode offering of their preferred course. In the case of online courses, you must have access to a computer or laptop and a good internet connection (Wi-Fi). Online courses are offered through the platform of Microsoft Teams. After successful registration for a course, all students receive the ‘Enrolled Student Information Packs’. This pack includes reading lists, materials lists and any other course specific information or equipment, that may be required.


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At a Glance

Start Date Monday 17th April 2023 (Evening)
Thursday 20th April 2023 (Day)
Duration 10 weeks
Study Mode Part-Time Evening: Online
Part-Time Day: In Class
Class Schedule Evening: Monday & Thursday 6.00pm – 9.00pm (Online)
Day: Thursday 10.00am-5.00pm (In Class)
Evening & Day: Saturday 2.00pm-5.00pm (Online)
Fees €1095
Accreditation QQI Microcredential Level 6 (20 ECTS Credits)

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