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Design - Visual Communication / Dearadh - Cumarsáid Amhairc

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Design - Visual Communication

2023 CAO Points: 695*

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

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



 Other Grade Requirements

Submission of Portfolio
QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award
Level 5:
A distinction in 5 modules is required AND Portfolio
Level 6:
Portfolio required

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

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 course 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 course 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.

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 are accepted to this course. For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub. A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry are listed on the CAO website.

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

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman

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