Diploma in Building Information Modelling (BIM) & Graphic Illustration




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Dublin Main Campus

NFQ Level


This two-semester course 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.

The Diploma in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Graphic Illustration programme consists of six modules taught over two semesters, with modules in Semester Two being linked to successful completion of Semester One. The modules fall into three categories: Building Information Modelling (BIM), Rendering, and Graphic Illustration.

Why study BIM and Graphic Illustration at Griffith College?

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.
  • Use BIM software to produce specifications of work, time schedules, and costings for the construction industry
  • Produce photorealistic images of BIM models and project proposals.
  • Light and render buildings 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.
  • Develop advanced building modelling skills relating to protected structures/ historic buildings
  • Learners carry out cloud-based daylight and performance analysis.
  • Working with teams using BIM 360 (collaboration), develop BIM Management and clash detection skills
  • Learners develop an awareness of the BIM relating to costing for Quantity Surveyors.

The Certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Graphic Illustration is an embedded special purpose award in this programme. Learners on this programme who complete the 30 ECTS may choose to exit with the embedded award.

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 BIM 3D Modelling
  • Friendly, approachable staff 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:

  • February**
  • September*

*subject to sufficient numbers

**February intake commences in Semester 2 - must have completed the Certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Graphic Illustration to apply


What our alumni & industry professionals say

Program is amazing. I have learned more about Revit in these past couple of weeks than I did on the course before. It's so nice to have the zoom option to play the recording again on my own time and really get the hang of it.

Liis Kuusmik
Diploma in in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Graphic Illustration

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