Graphic Design


Graphic Design Course - Dublin

At BFEI located at Blackrock village, Co.Dublin we offer a one year QQI Level 5 course in Graphic Design.

Are you a visual thinker?  Do you love graphics in magazines or on the web?  Are you constantly doodling and drawing?  Do you want to do a degree in Visual Communications but have no time to prepare a portfolio before the Leaving Certificate?  Are you a mature student wanting to change careers? 

Then consider a career as a Graphic Designer.  Graphic communication is present all around us - every logo, every newspaper, and every food package.  Designers take a concept and develop it into pictures and slogans so that it is reflective and remembered by the audience. 

Career Opportunities

Graphic Designers can work in the following areas:

  • Graphic Design
  • Publications
  • Advertising
  • PR/Communication Organisations

Course Structure

Core Elements
  • Certificate in Graphic Design
  • Drawing
  • Design Skills
  • Typography
  • Appreciation of Art, Craft, and Design
  • Graphic Design Skills
  • Photoshop/Illustrator
  • Work Experience
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Course Code

  • GD1
  • Duration

  • 1 Year Full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 30
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 20 approx
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days

At Secondary School, I was very interested in Art and I loved the idea of Graphic Design. I wanted to do a PLC course to make sure it was the right area for me. I really enjoyed my time in BFEI although it was stressful at times, our Tutors were very supportive and understanding. I gained a great knowledge of the Adobe Software and a great appreciation for creating artwork as well which has been extremely helpful in my further studies. The work experience element helped me see how this field operates on a practical level which was incredibly beneficial. I am now studying for a Level 7 in Graphic Design. Although I am enjoying it, I definitely miss the staff at BFEI!

- Tara Kealy, Graphic Design Graduate, 2019 -

Support Elements
  • Field Trips to sites, Museums, Conferences, and Design Projects are an integral part of the learning experience.
  • Educational Tours
  • Study Skills
  • Career Advice and CV¬†Preparation
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by QQI.
  • Assessment is based on assignments and projects submitted during the year.
  • Studio projects are completed on a continuous basis to develop design, analytical and presentation skills.
  • You will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Graphic Design (5M1995).
  • On course completion you will have a portfolio of work to present for entry to third level institutions, or for prospective employers.

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If you want to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

BA (Hons) Visual Communication Design IADT, Dún Laoghaire -

BA (Hons) Design (Visual Communication) Technological University Dublin [City] -

BSc in Multimedia Waterford Institute of Technology -

Check out the updated BFEI CAO Progression Pathways Chart with new progression options included for TCD, NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick.  CAO data shows that many BFEI graduates from 2018/2019 secured excellent CAO offers.

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Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate

You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or haveachieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.

  • Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability

Application Process

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available.  Apply on-line for free.


At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.


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