If you’re fascinated by words and pictures, bursting with ideas, and a natural problem solver then this course is for you.
Our BA (Hons) in Design Communications is a three-year level 8 degree course available on a full-time basis. This challenging 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.
Field Class Trips
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.
You will be taught by practising architects, designers, buyers, and art historians. Professionals from industry regularly give guest lectures.
Portfolio Assessments 2017
A portfolio is required for our design communications degree.
Interested to find out more about Design Communications? Check out this recent blog article where our head of faculty, Deirdre Doherty, outlines some of the unique aspects of the course and how it can prepare you for a career in the design industry.
Our next intake for this course commences September 2020.
Prospective Timetable - Year 1
Prospective Timetable - Year 2
2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or another 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
Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2019 must provide a copy of ID i.e. passport and submit a portfolio for assessment.
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
FETAC/PLC Entry Requirements:
Level 5: Min. 3 Distinctions and a Full Level 5 Award achieved.
Level 6: We will assess on a case by case basis applicants from Level 6 FETAC awards for advanced entry to Year 2. Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss.
BTEC e.g. Higher National Diploma (HND) Entry Requirements:
We will assess on a case by case basis applicants from Level 4 or above BTEC awards for advanced entry to Year 2.
Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss.
Applicants under 23 years
Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January 2019 must apply through the CAO system www.cao.ie. Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2019 applications.
Applicants over 23 years
Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2019 must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility. Mature applicants will be asked for a copy of their passport.
For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from time of application.
An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.
An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.
Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.
Non-EU living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.
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.
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They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:
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Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.
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 other academic institutions in Ireland or abroad. Graduate may consider progressing within Griffith College onto the following programme:
MSc in Applied Digital Media
You can contact our admissions team to discuss what progression options are available to you.
Through the BA (Hons) in Design Communications, you will have gained valuable design experience, built a strong foundation of creative skills, and covered a diverse range of topics. 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.There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:
Communications and Marketing Officer
Telecommunications Network Designer
Retail Store Designer
Film and Set Design Associate