Design -Visual Communication / Dearadh - Cumarsáid Amhairc

September 2020, Semester 1& February 2021, Semester 2: Classes take place in Grangegorman, Central Quad

2019 CAO Points - 667*


*This includes score from portfolio submission (maximum score 600)

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



 Other Grade Requirements


Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

Additional Requirements/ Information: 

You should apply via the CAO on or before 1 February 2020 in order to have your portfolio considered in March 2020

Portfolio Clinic 23rd January 2020 >MORE INFO<

The work of the Design – Visual Communication graduate is all about breathing life into images, text and concepts, turning them on their head and communicating them in a fresh way to a wide audience.

This four-year programme will suit you if you wish to become a graphic designer, illustrator, typographer or digital media designer.

Through examining how image and text work together, you’ll learn how to design and visually communicate through print and digital media. The programme is mainly based in a studio where you’ll work on a wide variety of projects that explore typography, image-making (illustration and photography) and digital media.

Supporting the practice-based studio work, critical theory will introduce you to design practice and key issues in the history and theory of design.

Modules include Visual Exploration & Design Process, What is Design?, Drawing, Design Applications, Design and Contemporary Society, Design for Print Media, Design for Digital Media, Image-Making, Design & Career Management, Modernism in Design, and Visual Communication. You can also take a number of optional modules from Fine Art and Interior & Furniture Design.

In Years 3 and 4, several live projects are run with industry, cultural, not-for-profit organisations and community partners.

Summer internships are encouraged and supported.

Study Abroad Opportunities
We have a comprehensive Erasmus programme connecting with over 15 European schools of design.

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

Graduates work in design consultancies, advertising agencies, publishing, media groups and in private practice.

  • Graphic Designer
  • Production Designer (theatre, television, film)
  • Junior Designer
  • Freelance Graphic Designer
  • Marketing Administrator
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Illustrator and Designer
  • Animator
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Printmaker
  • UX Designer


Studio Practice:

  • Visual Exploration & Design Process
  • What is Design? (Professional Practice)
  • Drawing
  • Design Applications

Critical Theory:

  • Introduction to Design
  • Design and Contemporary Society

Studio Practice:

  • Design for Print Media
  • Design for Digital Media
  • Image-Making
  • Design & Career Management (Professional Practice)
  • Drawing
  • Design Applications 

Critical Theory:

  • Modernism in Design

Students can also take a number of optional modules from Fine Art and Interior & Furniture Design.

Studio Practice:

  • Design for Print Media
  • Design for Digital Media
  • Image-making
  • Professional Practice

Critical Theory:

  • After Modernism
  • Thesis Preparation

Students can also take a number of optional modules from Fine Art and Interior and Furniture Design.

Studio Practice:

  • Visual Communication
  • Professional Practice

Critical Theory:

  • Thesis

Advanced Entry Applications

Applications close on May 31st.  Applications will be reviewed towards the end of May and interviews/portfolio review will take place during the second week of June.  Applications are not accepted to 4th year of this programme as all students must commence the Thesis Preparation module in Semester Two of Year Three.  

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Hons)


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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