Graphic Design & Illustration

(Level 5)


QQI Graphic Design Level 5, Code 5M1995


Graphic design is a vehicle for communication as well as self-expression. It is about communicating visually in order to inform, educate, entertain or persuade. Graphic designers provide creative, visual solutions for anything from magazine layout to packaging design.

Students will produce a portfolio of design work, including posters, magazine layouts, logo design, book illustration, drawing and more.

You will be encouraged to explore and express your ideas through a variety of media while developing your own unique and individual approach to visual problem solving.


Code Title
5N1978 Graphic Design Skills
5N1288 Illustration
5N0784 Design Skills
5N0785 Desktop Publishing
5N1929 Computer Illustrated Graphics
5N3485 Typography
5N1862 Drawing
5N0764 Combined Materials
5N1356 Work Experience
5N0690 Communications


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Graphic Design Illustration Level 5


Fee Exemptions may apply ⇒
Materials €100
QQI Fee €50
Student Services €250
Gov PLC Fee €200
TOTAL €600

Contact Details

Tel: 021 4255500

  • Graphic Design Skills

Production of practical design projects to a professional client visual standard

  • Illustration

Design & illustration of projects which introduce students to painting, collage and other media

  • Design Methodology

Focus on development of ideas and correct procedures

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP or LCA) or equivalent

For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.
Students should present samples of drawing or design work at interview


One-year full time


Fully equipped iMac room with
packages including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and In-Design

Work Placement/Experience

Participants will be required to undertake 10 days of work placement in a relevant location. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.


Education Progression Opportunities

UCC: CK101, CK105, CK107, CK108, CK109, CK113, CK117, CK118, CK210, CK301, CK307

CIT: CR112; CR220; CR600

LIT: LC110

WIT: WD137; WD211

Dún Laoghaire, AIT: DL826, AL861

NCAD: AD101; AD102


We advise you to consult the CAO website – and to confirm specific entry requirements for Higher Education Institutions.


QQI Level 6 awards may have advanced entry options into some Higher Education Institutions



Career Opportunities

Graphic designers work in design firms, publishers and advertising agencies. Self-employed.