Why Griffith Design?

Griffith College offers a selection of courses for those seeking a career in Design. Our reputation is highly regarded within industry and our graduates are actively sought after by employers upon completing their programme.

All our design programmes embrace:

  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Experimentation
  • Realisation
  • Digital Technology Skills
  • Business and Marketing Skills
  • Applied Project Work
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We maintain an outstanding reputation and create graduate designers who have strong creative, technology and business skills that are industry-ready.

Our alumni have careers with brands and employers such as Anna Sui, Avoca, Dunnes Stores, Fee G, Gareth Pugh, Mariana Junkman, Esquire Footwear NYC, IDOL Magazine, Primark, Reiss, Rick Owens, Simone Rocha, Styltex, Tally Weijl, Vivienne Westwood, Henry J Lyons Architects, Design Squared, RKD Architects, O’Donnell O’Neill Design.

Our learners work on live projects set by companies and organisations such as Avoca, Arnotts, Heatons, Lectra, Primark, Dublin City Council, St Luke’s Hospital Rathgar. Our programmes are recognized by the European Council of Architects (ECIA) and the IDI (the Institute of Designers in Ireland). The Design Faculty is a member of the International Design Education Assembly, Cumulus, IE (Interior Educators) the UK based association of Educators for the Interiors industry and Lectra’s Educational Partnership programme.

Experiential learning is an important part of our courses, with most modules having class trips as a part of their curriculum.

Every year the faculty travels internationally and nationally to places with both current and historical design importance. Previous trips have included London, Rome, Milan, Berlin, Paris, Bilbao, Barcelona and Venice.

The calibre of work produced by the Design Faculty has been recognised numerous times through industry awards and exhibitions.

Design learners have won many prestigious design awards and commissions including:

  • Universal Design Award
  • DCU Young Designer of the Year Award
  • Dublin Fashion Festival Young Designer of The Year
  • Frankfurt Style Award
  • Golden Egg Fashion Innovation Award
  • IDI Graduate Award
  • Kerry Fashion Week Young Fashion Designer of the Year
  • Mercedes-Benz Designer of the Year
  • Ryanair Uniforms designed by Emma Collopy
  • Nissan Generation Next UCD Young Designer of the Year
  • Triumph Inspiration Online Voting Award
  • Vodafone DIT Student Design Award
  • World Expo Shanghai Exhibitors

The Design Faculty ensures programmes and teaching methodology remain relevant as both staff and the lecturing teams are accomplished practicing designers, architects, buyers, business professionals, marketers and art historians.

To ensure we are meeting the current needs of the industry and following best practice, our courses are regularly reviewed by industry professionals and we respond to the changing requirements of Industry in a fast and fluid manner.

Industry Professionals are regularly invited to give guest lectures and participate in award year critiques. Interior Design and Architecture Internships Interior Design learners have also secured internships and full- time positions with IKEA, Douglas Wallace Architects, HJ Lyons Architects, O’Donnell O’Neill Design, HKR in Ireland as well as Norman Foster in London and Jonathan Adler N.Y.C.

Fashion Design learners have been awarded internships at Alison Conneely, Avoca, Caroline Kilkenny, Dunnes, Fee G, Heatons, Helen Cody, Helen McAlinden, Jennifer Rothwell, Joanne Hynes, Liz Quin, Louis Copeland, Primark, Percival and Styltex.

The annual Creative Showcase in May is a platform for the promotion of our talented young designers and their work. This exciting exhibition is launched with a Press and Industry Event, which affords our graduates the opportunity to meet employers and buyers.

Guests are given a unique insight into the inspiration of the creative work of the Fashion Design graduates, allowing employers, photographers, stylists, and media to take a glimpse at the look books and meet the new talented emerging designer.

The event bridges the gap between graduation and employment and offers employment, internships and media opportunities and has been featured on TV3’s Exposé and in local and national media.

At Griffith College Faculty of Design, the curriculum includes Creative Design, Technology and Business.

We consider these to be inextricably intertwined. Our graduates are extremely well equipped to think commercially and creatively in their future careers.

The programme has been developed to meet current and emerging career opportunities within the Design industry. It also provides a platform for the learner to consider an entrepreneurial venture as a young startup business.