Course Code: AGH
Duration: 2 Years
Start your Graphic Design career right here, on BCFE’s award winning two year Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design. This exciting and intense programme will equip graduates with all the skills and know how to begin a successful and rewarding career as a design creative.
This highly-regarded course enables students to develop exceptional technical and visual language skills, while developing the ability to respond to a wide-range of challenging graphic design projects. Our award-winning students (OFFSET Future Illustrator 2019, ICAD UPSTARTS 2019 & YCN Advertising Campaign 2019) produce industry-ready portfolios, and upon graduation enter paid-employment in the graphic design sector or continue their studies to degree level with advanced entry.
Students will be actively encouraged to engage in a range of methods, both digital and non-digital, in response to varied and exciting briefs, and will explore the entire spectrum of graphic design practice. This will include typography, magazine design, illustration, ideas generation, corporate identity and branding, developing personal style, art direction, packaging design, motion and interactive graphic design, and graphic design history and theory.
Working to tailored in-house and live competition briefs is a key component of the course and enables students to gain valuable feedback from tutors and industry sources alike. Ongoing talks and workshops by visiting guest lecturers enrich and inform the students’ own practice and build important and beneficial links to the world of professional graphic design.
Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum H5 in Art and one other H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Suitable Level 5 courses include:
HND in Visual Communications (Graphic Design)
The Higher National Diploma is a BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) qualification awarded by the UK awarding body Pearson. A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.
Please bring to the interview a professionally presented portfolio of selected recent works including:
Students complete this course with an individual and dynamic portfolio of graphic and illustrative work. Some graduates of the course go straight into industry while many more go on to further education with advanced entry to degree level in both Ireland and the UK.