CAO (Higher Education)

Degree - Honours Bachelor

Graphic Design

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT
Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT
Course Code
NFQ Type
4 Years
Full Time
CAO Points 2020 R2
Points Change

Course Summary

The role of the graphic designer is a varied one, working across a variety of media and utilising different communication tools to convey a message or an idea. The new four-year BA (Hons) in Graphic Design was developed to equip design students with the necessary skills to work in this fast-paced world. Of particular note is the work placement, which you will undertake in the second year of the degree. The programme itself comprises a series of core modules in studio and professional practice and critical theory.

Course Details

College Link > AL863 - Graphic Design

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Career Sectors

This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.

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Entry Requirements

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QQI / FET Links

PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Note: Information for 2020 Entry
Award Code Award Title
5M1984 Art, Craft and Design
5M1985 Art
5M1995 Graphic Design
5M2146 Multimedia Production
5M5048 Creative Media

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The Student - Career Interests

This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.


Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

Career Progression

Design students at AIT have a track record of winning awards at local, national and international students assessment schemes and competitions. Graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects in Ireland and overseas, and are employed in graphic design companies, advertising agencies, publishing houses, printing, the arts, the film and television industries and in teaching roles in second level, PLC and third level courses.

Assess to staff members with a very-wide ranging body of knowledge and experience in both visual communications and fine art practice, both at national and international levels. You are guaranteed one-to-one learner/ lecturer interactivity, in a purpose-built environment with excellent personal studio space and production facilities.

Further Research

Qualifax Course Page

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