Certificate in Digital Applications

Course Description

New for 2023 – QQI certification achieved upon completion of Certificate in Digital Applications. This course provides an introduction to the popular Adobe Creative Suite including; Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.  During the course you will learn how to create illustrations and vector art in Adobe Illustrator, import and manipulate photographs in Adobe Photoshop and create compositions and editorial layouts in Adobe InDesign.

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 8-week course is suitable for anyone who wishes to explore a personal interest or a career in digital media, e.g. professionals who need to learn how to use the software for work, and students who need to create visuals for their projects.Under the guidance of our highly experienced lecturers, the course will take you through the fundamentals of each piece of software over eight Saturdays in workshop-style classes. You will build up your skills through a series of challenging creative tasks in a supportive learning environment.

Our class sizes are limited, ensuring that you receive high levels of direct feedback, engagement and interaction with our lecturers. You will also be tasked with completing a design project, in which you will create both digital files and print-ready files for output to print.

Course Content
Adobe Photoshop

Exploring the world of raster image-creation you will be shown how to develop your skills of composition and manipulation through a series of instructor-led tutorials. You will build up a portfolio of work that allows you determine the most appropriate software for any given task.

Adobe Illustrator

You will develop proficiencies in using tools such as the pen, shape and type tools to allow you to freely explore the possibilities of vector image creation. As part of the course you will work on a design project and portfolio of work and you will be able to combine your skills between both vector and raster outcomes.

Adobe InDesign

You will combine your image creation skills (from Illustrator and Photoshop) into creative compositions, editorial spreads and cover art gaining an understanding of output for both print and digital  projects.

Admissions requirements

The main entry requirement for this course is that applicants must have basic computer skills. It is also recommended that students have access to the software outside of class time. 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 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, you will be awarded the QQI-accredited Certificate in Digital Applications. This minor award/microcredential carries 5 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

This course has been structured to create and support progression pathways for you in your studies. Upon successful completion of this course, there are many options for you to progress. You could consider an array of courses with us across Fashion, Graphic and Interior Design as well as a diverse range of study and delivery modes part-time, full-time, online and in-class.

We encourage our students to look at short courses as stepping stone options to other courses including nationally accredited and internationally recognised degree programmes. You can continue your studies with us through to the Certificate Introduction  in in Fashion or Graphic or Interior Design or  our 1 Year Certificate in Fashion or Graphic or Interior Design

For more information on our courses, please check our Course Finder.

Career Opportunities

This course allows you to get to grips with Adobe software, providing you with insights and practical skills to apply to your projects. This course is intended to help you up-skill or add an additional skillset to your CV.

Practical Matters      

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. It is imperative that Adobe software is installed before the beginning of class. This requires you to setup an account and send details of student status to the software provider. All details are supplied after successful admission.

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At a Glance

Start Date Saturday 29th April
Duration 8 weeks
Study Mode Part-Time Day (PTD)
Delivery Mode Online
Class Schedule Saturdays: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Fees €750
Accreditation QQI Level 6 Microcredential (5 ECTS credits)