Certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Graphic Illustration




1 Semester

Validated by





Dublin Main Campus

NFQ Level


The Certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Graphic Illustration introduces the learner to BIM and will provide professionals with an additional skill set centred on BIM.

Students are introduced to the software Revit, and will develop an understanding of BIM’s technical issues through individual effort. Students will produce complex 3D models in the built environment to include interior and building services. They will extract 2D documentation plans, sections, elevations from the model and render 3D views to a high degree of expertise. Learners are also introduced to Bitmap & Vector Graphics applications such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

The graduates of this programme will be eligible to progress to careers in the construction industry and building design practices.

The programme is managed in the Design Faculty of Griffith College Dublin and is delivered by BIM experts from both the college and the industry. The course combines tutorial sessions in a PC lab/ classroom environment with face-to-face sessions and team coordination and guest lecturing leveraging cross-faculty links in Business (Project Management) and BIM experts from the industry. 

Why study BIM and Graphic Illustration with Griffith College?

The programme creates opportunities for learners to take individual professional design responsibility of their product and their process and develop an ability to lead teams within their disciplines. Through the course, students will:

  • Explain key topics and principles surrounding BIM and the benefits to be gained from its adoption.
  • Devise and plot design details in a holistic manner with competence, fluency and sensitivity demonstrating a good understanding of the principles of interdisciplinary communication required in presenting projects generated by BIM.
  • Use BIM software to produce 2D documentation plans, sections, elevations and to construct complex 3D models to include and building services efficiently, to industry standard.
  • Produce photorealistic images of BIM models and project proposals.
  • Use BIM software to produce specifications of work, time schedules, and costings for the construction industry
  • Light and render interiors to a high degree of expertise while achieving an accurate and aesthetically pleasing visualisation of a proposed design.
  • Use Bitmap and Vector Graphics applications to produce graphic illustrations to a required degree of proficiency in order to visually communicate proposals, drawings and specifications to high standards.
  • Identify, select and apply appropriate products, materials and fittings based on an understanding of technology and specifications to a professional standard.
  • Independently manage BIM projects assigned by others in the built environment.

This programme is an embedded special purpose award in the Diploma in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Graphic Illustration programme. Graduates of this programme can progress directly to the diploma on completion, or within five years of their graduation.

Course Highlights

  • Designed to meet the skills required by industry
  • Provides a foundation for participants who wish to progress in the workplace.
  • Option to further your study with a pathway to BIM 3D Modelling.
  • Friendly, approachable staff (who are experts in their fields), provide a supportive learning environment
  • Full access to Student Adobe Creative Cloud - All Apps plan, which gives you 20+ cutting-edge creative tools for desktop, mobile, and web

Intake Dates

The next intake for this course will be:

  • October*

*subject to sufficient numbers

What our alumni & industry professionals say

By taking the Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Graphic Illustration course at Griffith College, I was able to begin immediately implementing BIM processes and technologies in my day-to-day work. On completion of this course, I was eligible to go on and do my MSc in Construction Informatics, which led to my promotion to become a BIM Engineer in a prominent engineering consultancy. I would highly recommend this course to anyone beginning their BIM journey.

Ruairi O'Byrne
Certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Graphic Illustration

Even I [an experienced industry professional] would be interested in developing my knowledge and practical applications for the Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Graphic Illustration program. Our industry is so diverse, I believe it is imperative to have many skills that you can apply and bring to a project – even if you are not an expert with many years of experience you should have enough knowledge to be able to make educated design decisions and be up to date with current regulations and skills.

Oisin MacManus, The Fumbally Exchange

There is a real need in the industry for training in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Revit. I would advise anyone to look at upskilling in this area if they can.

Chris Bakkala, Bakkala Consulting Engineers

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