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Graphic Design – Higher Certificate in Art

  • Campus: Athlone

  • years: 2

Course Overview

The level 6 in Graphic Design will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to evolve as a graphic designer, a place where you will learn to combine your artistic ability with digital & analogue technologies.

Our innovative approach is about learning through doing, allowing the student to engage in design activities through experimental play. Through this process the student develops the ability to solve problems in a variety of different ways from print to screen; incorporating, branding, editorial design, photography, illustration, animation, video and motion graphics.

Additional Information

Graphic Design Portfolio Requirement

For assessment, we require that each applicant selects three of their best pieces of work. Each individual piece has a weighting of 200. The work can be individual or related pieces and should represent the best skills of the applicant. If the applicant’s strengths are in problem solving, they may submit research/visual development as one of the three. Again, work submitted should reflect the strengths and personality of the applicant; be that in illustration, painting, typography, photography, graphic design or showcase the visual development/research of your work. Applicants can submit their three pieces digitally, photograph the work and save it as a pdf, or email a link to a video of the work or sketchbooks. Preferably, combine the three pieces into one pdf file for submission. Please submit your portfolio on or before the assessment date of Monday 2nd September.

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Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate

Grade O6 in five subjects. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish). Note: An F2 in Foundation Level Mathematics will be accepted as meeting the minimum Mathematics requirement. *For all applicants, portfolio presentation is required.


Any QQI level 5 qualification is acceptable.

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants are not required to meet minimum entry requirements. For all mature applicants, portfolio presentation and interview are required.

International Applications

International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here.

Course Modules

  • DESIGN: Foundation

    Credits: 10

  • IMAGE: Illustration and Photography 1.1

    Credits: 10

  • STUDIO PRACTICE: Confidence

    Credits: 5

  • VISUAL CULTURE 1.1: Image-Text an Intro

    Credits: 5

  • DESIGN: Exploration

    Credits: 10

  • IMAGE: Illustration and Photography 1.2

    Credits: 10


    Credits: 5

  • VISUAL CULTURE 1.2 : 19th Century Design & Technology

    Credits: 5

  • DESIGN: Visual Thinking

    Credits: 10

  • IMAGE: Creation & Animation

    Credits: 10


    Credits : 5

  • VISUAL CULTURE 2.1 : Modernism

    Credits: 5

  • DESIGN: Typography & Meaning

    Credits: 10

  • IMAGE: The Moving Image

    Credits: 10

  • STUDIO PRACTICE: Presentation

    Credit: 5

  • VISUAL CULTURE 2.2 : Post Modernism

    Credits: 5

What can you do after this programme?

As a graduate of this level 6 in Graphic Design, you are eligible to apply to join the year 3 of the BA in Graphic Design programme, subject to end of year results at TUS.

Graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects in Ireland and overseas, and are employed in graphic design for both print and screen, advertising agencies, publishing houses, printing, the arts, the film and television industries.