Griffith College 

B.A. (Hons) in Design Communications, Level 8
Griffith College Dublin

3 year full-time course

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Design Communication degree is a full-time, 3-year programme of study. Design Communication is one of the most rapidly changing design disciplines, demanding that the graphic designer continuously responds with creativity and ingenuity to the demands of a visually literate public whose expectations of what is possible continue to rise higher and higher. It is a continuous challenge to the designer to create innvonvitive visual imagery. Design Communication also offers students an opportunity to study modules in business and marketing.

Our programme allows students to investigate up-to-the-minute tools and trends of the trade, including introductory and advanced web design, while receiving a solid foundation in traditional practises and concepts of graphic design. Applicants to BA (Hons) in Design Communication should be interested in words, pictures, ideas, problem solving, consumer culture, and business and marketing. They will need to be enthusiastic and be able to adapt to an ever changing industry. Students will learn to engage with exciting design challenges, react to a rapidly changing industry and to develop as sensitive and intelligent designers who understand business and target markets, trends, and consumer culture.

Course content

Stage 1

  • Design Principles & Study Skills
  • Design Communication 1
  • Design For Print
  • Analytical Drawing
  • Computer Studies
  • Visual Culture & Theory 1
  • History of Art & Design
  • History of Illustration & Graphic
  • Design
  • Introduction To Typography
  • Web Design

Stage 2

  • Design Communication 2
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Visual Culture & Theory 2
  • History Of Art & Design 2
  • Visual Culture
  • Typography 2
  • Interaction Design
  • Visual Merchandising Brand & Marketing

Stage 3

  • Design Communication 3
  • Thesis
  • Advanced Web Design & E-Commerce
  • Marketing For Business


Career prospects; Further studies

Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Design Communication can work in a varity of areas such as:

  • Design Consultancies
  • Graphic Design (branding, corporate design, identity, packaging
  • Design thinking
  • Advertising and Art direction
  • Web design, Multimedia & Interactive Media (games, DVDs, software applications)
  • Broadcasting, Motion Graphics and Post-production for TV and film
  • Illustration and Photography
  • Exhibition and Environmental Design
  • Publishing and Promotional industries
  • Private practice

Holders of this qualification may wish to pursue postgraduate study. Students who successfully graduate from Griffith College can choose postgraduate study options which include specialist areas of study leading to Master of Arts award disciplines.

Entry requirements

2C3s (Hons) & 4D3s (Ord) to include a language and either Maths, Art or Design and Communication Graphics plus a portfolio which can include samples of sketching, notebooks, concept development and technical drawings


One year: EU living Ireland: EUR 5,000.00. Please note that a Registration Fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees.

Contact details

+353 (0) 1 416 3349