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Web Design – Advanced App & Web UI/UX Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher

Course Code DMH

NFQ Level 6*

Duration 2 Years

Award Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (Digital Design)

* The Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6

On successful completion of Year 1 of a two-year Higher National Diploma (HND) an Higher National Certificate (HNC) will be claimed for each 1st Year HND student. It will be included as part of the overall HND award on successful completion of Year 2.

Homepage Concept Interface Designs for Website Design & Development Business

A 2-year HND covering user interface (UI) & user experience (UX) design in websites and apps considering user testing, usability, accessibility, & branding

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This course prepares you for work in the areas of user interface design (UI), user experience design (UX), branding and identity, digital communication, user testing, prototyping, usability, accessibility, heuristic analysis, website design, responsive design and app design.

In terms of software you will learn to master the Adobe Suite (XD, Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, and Dreamweaver) in conjunction with other industry-standard software and processes.

Over the two years, you will design and develop several live projects from conception, through wireframing and iterative prototyping, to client and audience evaluation and testing, and social media promotion, giving you practical experience and a professional standard portfolio of work.

Course Content

Year 1

  • Professional Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Individual Project
  • Techniques and Processes
  • Screen-based Practices
  • Digital Design Practices
  • Communication in Art and Design
  • Principles of User Experience and User Interface Design

Year 2

  • Professional Practice
  • Applied Practice Collaborative Project
  • Advanced Digital Design Studies
  • Web Design
  • Branding and Identity
  • User Testing for Design

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two O1/H5 and three O6/H7 grades, or a relevant QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile. Preference will be given to applicants who have a portfolio which illustrates design and technical capabilities. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).


  • Graduates who achieve a Merit / Distinction profile in this Higher National Diploma may apply for entry to the BA (Hons) Degree in Media Production Management in BCFE.
  • Graduates of this course may also apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to higher and advanced certificate and degree programmes at national Institutes of Technology, Technological Universities and Universities such as TU (Blanchardstown and Tallaght) and DCU, (applicants should confirm linked awards and eligibility requirements with the relevant Higher Education Institution).
  • Graduates may also apply to colleges in the UK, to universities such as Napier and Wolverhampton.

Students' Work

Homepage Concept Interface Designs for Musical Artists
Homepage Concept Interface Designs for Restaurants


The modules and assignments were both interesting and challenging, with a perfect mix of practical and creative that made the entire course a genuinely enjoyable experience.
Sinead McDonald, Professional Visual Artist and Media Lecturer
Web Design – Advanced App & Web UI/UX Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher (DMH 2017 – 2018)

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