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

I had thought carefully about returning to study graphic design as a mature student and felt that the course at BFEI would give me an introduction to the subject and allow me to develop my portfolio. I found the course at BFEI really stimulating, the classes were great and the class size meant that I got to know the tutors and the other students really well.  Throughout the year, I studied areas such as art appreciation, image processing, typography, communications and graphic design. I also completed a work experience placement in the Graphic Design Department at the National Museum of Ireland. The projects that I completed at BFEI formed the basis of my portfolio and I got accepted to study Visual Communications at DIT, Grangegorman.  I would recommend the course at BFEI to anyone interested in studying graphic design, it was really enjoyable and was an essential step on my higher education journey.

- Peter Keane, Graphic Design Graduate of the Year 2016 -

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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