Griffith College

BA (Hons) in Design Communications

BA (Hons) in Design Communications

BA (Hons) in Design Communications

Digital Graphics, Web Design & UX Design. Discover how to create visually striking imagery while gaining an understanding of marketing and photography.

Design Communications Course
Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:8
Duration:3 years Full time

About The Course

Do you want to be challenged by one of the most rapidly changing design disciplines? 
This degree will teach you how to continuously respond with creativity, and create innovative visuals while developing a keen understanding of consumer culture and market trends. This degree is a full-time 3 year course.

Throughout the course, you will have access to the most current tools available, which will give you skills of the trade in introductory and advanced web design. You will receive a solid foundation in traditional design practices alongside modern concepts of graphic design. 

If you’re fascinated by words and pictures, bursting with ideas, and a natural problem solver then this course is for you. We encourage students to think creatively when faced with design challenges, to adapt as the industry changes, and to recognise key trends and the integral role of target markets and consumer culture in their design.

This course is hands on - encouraging students to learn by doing. To ensure you get the best experience, class sizes are small so you can work closely with your tutors and develop your skills and style across multiple media. By the end of the course, you will have produced a portfolio that will showcase your best work and your deep understanding of design to prospective employers.

Portfolio Assessments 2017

A portfolio is required for our design communications degree.

Portfolio assessment dates for entry into the course in 2017 - to be confirmed.

To book a place for portfolio assessment please contact Emily Watts at

For information on creating your portfolio please see our guidelines here. You can also read a recent blog post with tips on how to prepare a portfolio.


The high quality of work produced by the Design Faculty has been widely recognised in industry awards and exhibitions such as Vodafone Student Design Awards Winner 2015 .
Industry Links

Maintaining strong industry links is paramount to providing the best teaching staff. This means you will be taught by practising architects, designers, buyers, and art historians. Additionally, our courses are regularly reviewed by industry professionals to ensure that they reflect the current needs and trends within the industry. You’ll be taught the most relevant content and the best practices. Professionals from industry regularly give guest lectures, and in our award years, participate in critiquing student work, and our Industry advisory panel involved in the course development has strong links with ICAD.

Field Trips

An important feature of courses at Griffith College is the opportunity to go on class trips, which is part of the curriculum for most modules. Every year classes travel to current and historical places of design importance, both nationally and internationally. Previous trips have included London, Rome, Milan, Berlin, Paris, Bilbao, Barcelona, and Venice.
Creative Week

Each year graduates from media, journalism, computing, film, and photography disciplines within the Design faculty showcase their best work at our Creative Week. This event is one of the largest annual events at Griffith College. Not only will this exhibit give you the experience of showcasing to industry standards but it allows for extensive PR and networking opportunities. Creative Week is launched by the annual Fashion Show, which features on national television and fashion editorials


Stage 1

  • Design Principles & Study Skills
  • Design Communication 1
  • Design For Print
  • Analytical Drawing
  • Computer Studies
  • Visual Culture & Theory 1
  • History of Art & Design
  • History of Illustration & Graphic
  • Design
  • Introduction To Typography
  • Web Design

Stage 2

  • Design Communication 2
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Visual Culture & Theory 2
  • History Of Art & Design 2
  • Visual Culture
  • Typography 2
  • Interaction Design
  • Visual Merchandising Brand & Marketing

Stage 3

  • Design Communication 3
  • Thesis
  • Advanced Web Design & E-Commerce
  • Marketing For Business
Entry Requirements
General Requirements

Leaving Certificate

2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or other language) and either Maths, Art or Design and Communication Graphics plus a portfolio which can include samples of sketching, notebooks, concept development and technical drawings

Mature Applicant

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January, 2017 must provide a copy of ID i.e. passport and submit a portfolio for assessment.

English Language

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the admissions team


Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme, please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email:

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

Please Note: A registration fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 5,500.00
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 6,500.00
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR 10,000.00
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR 10,000.00
How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2017 must apply through the CAO system Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2017 applications.

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January, 2017 must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility. Mature applicants will be asked for a copy of their passport.



Academic Progression: 

You’ll have gained a unique knowledge of traditional design, graphic design, business and marketing, as well as created an extensive practical portfolio upon completion of this course. Following on from your undergraduate studies you may wish to pursue postgraduate study in our Master of Arts in Design (Interior Architecture), or pursue postgraduate courses in other academic institutions in Ireland or abroad.

BA (Hons) in Design Communications Academic Progression
Career Progression: 

As a graduate of the BA (Hons) in Design Communications, you will have the experience to work within a wide variety of areas. Our previous graduates are employed in many fields including design agencies, graphic design, advertising, web design, game design, broadcasting, post-production for television and film, illustration, and promotion.

The visual experience, both online and offline, is becoming more important with a large variety of mediums and platforms to cater for; this has resulted in a greater demand for skilled designers and a broader range of careers available to graduates.

Design Communication Student

Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about this course, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of our admissions team.