Professional Certificate in Digital Design with Adobe

Professional / Short Course
10 Weeks x 1 Evening (Tuesday)
Validated by
Griffith College
Limerick / Dublin Main Campus
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Course Overview

Master desktop publishing skills and graphics design principles with Adobe CS

This part-time, course combines basic desktop publishing skills and graphic design principles with the specifics of how to use Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat to create visual communications.


This course is validated by Griffith College. This course focuses on the development of professional skills and does not sit on the national framework.

Why Study Digital Design with Adobe at Griffith College

The Professional Certificate in Digital Design with Adobe course runs on a part-time basis over five Saturdays. The aim of the course is to teach students how to to use Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat to create visual communications.

  • Course requires no prior knowledge of the software.
  • Develop skills in key technologies like Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat
  • You learn to produce a broad range of documents including newsletters, product leaflets, adverts, posters and sales material for either internal use or for commercial printing.
  • Demonstrate graphic techniques by use of appropriate graphic style and typography through a selected medium.
  • Use file management and format files for Adobe InDesign, Acrobat, Illustrator and Photoshop.

Intake Dates

  • Limerick - Part-Time - February 2024
  • Limerick - Part-Time - September 2024
  • Dublin - Part-Time - October 2024
  • Dublin - Part-Time - February 2025

What our students say

The campus is incredibly inviting, with green space outside, perfect for socialising. The staff are lovely, kind, and patient. I have used the skills I learned in the course in my career, and my employers have been impressed with my level of knowledge gained. I would recommend Griffith College to anyone looking to improve their CV and abilities.
Delia Termini
Certificate in Digital Design with Adobe

Course Details

Course Content

Raster-based software used to create and edit photos and raster designs, for advanced photo manipulation with filters, effects, and layers. Learners will be looking at the following:

  • Initiating a Project
  • Exploring the Adobe Photoshop Environment
  • Determining Graphic Type and Resolution
  • Working with Selections
  • Working with Layers
  • Photo Retouching
  • Enhancing Images with Paint and Filters
  • Exploring Image Modes and Colour Adjustments
  • Saving Images for Print

Vector-based software which creates and edits vector graphics such as vector-based illustrations, rescaling of objects without losing resolution, ideal for graphic designers to produce logo design, branding etc. Used as a CAD based tool in Fashion Design for drawing design flats. We will be looking at the following:

  • Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
  • Creating Shapes in a Document
  • Creating Custom Paths
  • Working with Text
  • Working with Objects
  • Enhancing Documents
  • Proofing Documents

Mainly text based, the software is industry leading for the development of automated master multi-page documents like books and interactive PDF’s. InDesign utilises design elements from Photoshop and Illustrator and has outstanding typography control tools.

  • Exploring the InDesign Environment
  • Designing Documents
  • Enhancing Documents
  • Master Slides
  • Working with Page Elements
  • Managing Objects
  • Layout Master Slides
  • Finalizing Documents

The go-to tools for converting, Editing, Signing, and creating PDFs.

  • Accessing PDF Documents
  • Creating PDF Documents
  • Navigating to Specific Content in a PDF Document
  • Updating PDF Documents
  • Reviewing PDF Documents
  • Convert PDF Files to Other Formats

Course Contacts

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.



Course Schedule – Tuesday Course

Our next course is due to commence on Tuesday, 29th October 2024.  

This course will run from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

Year: 2024

  • Oct: 29
  • Nov: 05, 12, 19, 26
  • Dec: 03, 10, 17
  • Jan: 07, 14


This course is scheduled to commence on Saturday, 21st October 2023 at Griffith College Limerick, O Connell Avenue, Limerick.

This part-time evening course will run one Saturday per week from 9.30 am - 3.30pm over 5 weeks, course dates outlined below.

Year 2023

  • Oct: 21, 28
  • Nov: 04, 11, 25

Contact [email protected] for further information.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

All applicants should be proficient in the use of MAC/MS Applications.

How to Apply

Directly to Griffith College Professional Academy

Applicants under 23 years of age:

Minimum 5 O6s/H7s in the Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent award                                                                            OR                                                                                                                                                                                        FETAC Level 5 Full Award

Applicants above 23 years of age (Mature students):

Direct entry  - If you are 23 years or over from the 1st January of this year, you can apply for this course directly using the College’s online application form.

It is recommended that applicants have a good understanding of both written and spoken English.


Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

General Fees

Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 990.00

Early Booking Discount: Enrol and pay a €250 deposit before 30th June and receive a 10% discount. 


Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 990.00


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