(Level 6)


QQI Illustration Level 6, Code 6M5150


We live in an increasingly image based culture. The digital age has brought with it a growing expectation of pictorial instruction, signs and symbols and in many contexts, the image has begun to replace the word.

A successful illustration is one that communicates the message through the unique/personal vision of the illustrator.
This course blends digital technology with traditional methods, while offering a creative environment where students can experiment and develop their illustrative skills.

Students build a portfolio (both online and hardcopy) showcasing their work, with a view to progressing to the next level, be it higher education or industry.



Code Title
6N5446 Illustration skills
6N3569 Drawing
6N3452 Painting
6N3446 Design Skills
6N5445 Computer Illustration Graphics
6N3568 Printmaking
5N3485 Typography
6N1950 Communications
6N1946 Work Experience


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Illustration Level 6


Fee Exemptions may apply ⇒
Materials €100
QQI Fee €80
Student Services €250
Gov PLC Fee  €200
TOTAL €630

Contact Details

Tel: 021 4255500

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 5 Award in Graphic Design or in a related area is required
Students should bring a portfolio of work to 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

CIT: CR112; CR220; CR600

NCAD: AD101; AD102; AD217

AIT: AL861

LIT: LC110


WIT: WD137; WD152; WD211

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


Career Opportunities

Children’s Books, Editorial, Comics/Graphic Novels, Animation, Fashion, Concept-Artist and any Commercial Art related area. An illustrator may work on a salary or freelance basis.