• » Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
    CAO Code  LY407
    LYIT internal code  LY_DDESC_D
    Duration  3 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  50
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Graphic Designers are creative people who, when presented with a design problem, produce ideas and develop them into design solutions. A designer works with ideas and sketches to form a concept, which is used to develop a final design. A finished design usually requires consideration of layout, fonts, visuals and colour. A graphic designer can design material for print (brochures, book jackets, posters, magazines, CD covers, stationery) and for screen (web sites, CD-rom, multimedia kiosks). A Graphic Designer could carry out any of the following tasks in a working day, either independently or as part of a design team:
    • Work with clients to cost and budget the brief
    • Research the design brief
    • Develop a concept using sketches and roughs
    • Communicate ideas to colleagues and the client
    • Evaluate and adjust the design as it progresses
    • Develop the design on screen using industry software
    • Proof read and check roughs
    • Prepare screen work for screen output and print output, adding specifications / bureau sheet where required
    • Aptitudes: An ability to observe and record
    • Skills: Good interpersonal / communication skills
    • Interests: Visual arts and popular culture
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Applicants should have grade D3 or better in at least five subjects in the Leaving Certificate, including Art and either Irish or English. Maths is not required for entry to Graphic Design.
    • FETAC applicants click
    • Applicants presenting non-Irish exams as a basis for entry, please check the IOTCEF listing to search for the entry relevant to your country
    • Applicants who are interested in taking selected modules only from this programme and/or those interested in studying this programme in a part-time mode, click
    Schools not offering LC Art.
    LYIT is aware that not all students have an opportunity to take Art at Leaving Certificate and are anxious that this deficit at school level should not mitigate against creative students. Therefore, applicants from a school that does not offer Leaving Certificate Art have 2 alternatives:
    1. They may take a FETAC qualification. 
    2. They may apply via CAO also submit a letter to the Department of Design & Creative Media, countersigned by their school Principal indicating that Leaving Certificate Art is unavailable at their school. Both of these tasks should be completed before 1 st February. Applicant complying with these requirements will invited to attend a creative test in LYIT in April. Applicants will be notified of the date for this test before the end of March. Note this exception does not apply to student attending schools where Art is available at Leaving cert but not taken by the Student. Students who submit a CAO application after February 1 st will not be able to avail of this exception.
    Mature applicants
    should apply via the CAO before February 1st. Mature applicants who do not have Leaving Certificate or FETAC results for which points can be awarded will be invited to attend a creative test in April. In order to facilitate this, mature applicants who lack appropriate Leaving Cert. or FETAC results may not avail of the CAO’s late deadline and must apply by February 1st
    What will I study?
    Year/Semester Proposed Modules Mandatory/
    No of credits Class hours per week
     1/1  Visual Literacy Mandatory  10  6
     Introduction to Design Software Mandatory  5  3
     Typography Mandatory  5  4
     3D Studies Mandatory  5  3
     Learner Development & Study Skills  Mandatory  5  3
     1/2  Visual Communications 1 Mandatory  10  6
     Image Making 1 Mandatory  5  3
     Technical Skills Mandatory  5  3
     Photography Mandatory  5  4
     Design Theory 1  Mandatory  5  3
     2/3  Visual Communications 2 Mandatory  10  6
     Image Making 2 Mandatory  5  3
     Web Design 1 Basics Mandatory  5  3
     Digital Image Manipulation Mandatory  5  3
     Design Theory 2  Mandatory  5  3
     2/4  Visual Communications 3 Mandatory  10  6
     Image Making 3 Mandatory  5  3
     Web Design 2 - Interactivity Mandatory  5  3
     Advanced Digital Image Manipulation Mandatory  5  3
     Professional Practice 1  Mandatory  5  3
     3/5  Visual Communications 4 Mandatory  10  6
     Image Making 4 Mandatory  10  4
     Web Design 3 - Flash Mandatory  5  4
     Professional Practice 2 Mandatory  5  3
     3/6  Visual Communications 5 Mandatory  10  6
     Image Making 5 Mandatory  10  4
     Web Design– CSS & Javascript Mandatory  5  4
     Design Theory 3 Mandatory  5  3
    Learning Outcomes
    The final examination for the Degree consists of a combination of project work, an extended essay or dissertation on an individually selected design topic, and continuous assessment. On successful completion of this programme the graduate will:
    • Demonstrate a broad spectrum of theoretical knowledge pertinent to Design
    • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding in the following specialist areas: typography, print specifications, photography, layout, on-screen publishing.
    • Use a range of technical and interpersonal skills and tools, both creative and technical.
    • Analyse problems and apply appropriate solutions
    • Apply critical evaluation and formulate relevant opinions
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    On successful completion of this programme learners may progress to the level 8 honours Degree in Graphic Design or honours Degree in Design in Digital Media (60 additional ECTS credits)
    Graduates from this programme may also apply to pursue further studies to Degree level at other Institutes and Universities in Ireland or abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    Graphic designers may specialise in a number of fields including television, film and computer graphics, set and exhibition design, corporate design book and magazine design advertising and illustration.
    Graduates from this programme have found work in a wide range of job situations. Some now own and run their own business, some are employed as illustrators and designers in design consultancies and printing companies and many have gone on to obtain degrees, some at higher level. We continue to receive requests from employers for well-qualified and creative graduates. According to the feedback we received from our First Destination Survey, the starting salary for recent graduates is in the range of €25,000 Prospects for design graduates are therefore very good with the majority of graduates finding suitable employment immediately on successful completion of the programme.
    This course begins in September each year.
    • Contact Nollaig Crombie, Head of Department of Design & Creative Media, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: Nollaig.Crombie@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6203

  • » Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Common Entry (generic)

    With Named Award Options:
    Digital Film & Video
    Graphic & Digital Design
    Fashion with Promotion

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Common Entry with named award options:
    Animation, Digital Film & Video, Graphic & Digital Design, Fashion with Promotion
    CAO Code  LY408
    LYIT internal code  
    Duration  4 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  60
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQI
    Is this Programme for Me?
    This programme has been designed to provide students, who know they want to study some aspect of art/design at third level but are unsure as to which specific area, with the opportunity to take modules in Animation, Digital Film & Video, Graphic & Digital Design, Fashion with Promotion, as well as core art/design modules, before having to choose which area to specialise in for their Level 8 Degree. 
    The first semester of the programme is common to all students. The module entitled Programme Fundamentals will afford equal exposure to Animation, Digital Film & Video, Graphic & Digital Design and Fashion with Promotion to enable them make an informed choice as regards their preferred specialism in semester two.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    LC 6 subjects with at least 2 subjects at Higher Level Grade H5 or better and 4 subjects at Ordinary Level O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better. Subjects required: English or Irish and Leaving Certificate Art or Design Communication Graphics or equivalent at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.
    Where Art/Design is not offered at Leaving Certificate a portfolio of work representative of the applicant’s ability will be accepted.
    Have obtained a relevant QQI FET/FETAC Level 5 award
    For entry purposes RPL will be considered in accordance with the quality assurance procedures on LYIT.
    Any applicant applying based on non-EU awards / qualifications must apply directly to the International Office at LYIT.
    What will I study?
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Visual Enquiry (Shared) Mandatory  10  7
     Communication & Creative Process (Shared) Mandatory  5  4
     Programme Fundamentals Mandatory  10  8
     Art & Design History 1 (Shared) Mandatory  5  4
    OptionsAnimationDigital Film & VideoFashion with PromotionGraphic & Digital Design
     Yr 1
    Sem 2
    Animation Principles
    Narrative & Visual Storytelling
    Drawing Studies
    Art & Design History 2
    Moving Image Basics
    Sound Recording
    Experimental Music & Video
    Art & Design History 2
    Fashion Design & Development
    Life Drawing and Fashion Illustration
    Photography 2 - Studio
    Art & Design History 2
     Graphic Design – Layout
    Image Making – Moving Image
    The Web Design Process
    Art & Design History 2
     Yr 2
    Sem 3
    Production Skills 1
    Drawing & Design 1
    Animation History 1
    Personal Film
    Scriptwriting & Storyboarding
    Film History
    Fashion Flats & Pattern Cutting
    Fabrics, Finishes & Innovation
    Fashion History 1
    Photography 3 – Post Processing
    Graphic Design – Identity
    UI – User Interface
    Graphic Language
    Design Theory 1 – 20th Century visual communication
     Yr 2
    Sem 4
    Animation Production Skills 2
    Drawing and Design 2
    Animation History 2
    Animation Practice
    Production Management
    Compositing Film & Video History
    Studio And Field Audio & Video
    Fashion Design & Development 2
    Fashion Promotion through Moving Image
    The History of Fashion and Fashion Promotion
    Social Media Promotion
    Spatial Graphic Design
    Ux – User Experience Design
    Motion Graphics
    Design Theory 2 – 20th Century visual communication
     Yr 3
    Sem 5
    Animation Production
    Animation & Visual Effects
    Animation & Contemporary Culture
    Animation Business
    Interactive Audio Video
    Editing & Effects
    Film, History & Theory
    Titles and Typography
    Accessory & Menswear Design
    Graphic Design for Fashion Promotion
    Fashion Marketing
    Video Post Production
    Work Placement
    Visual Communication in Advertising
    Typographic Practice
    Personal Promotion
    Design Theory – Advertising & Branding
     Yr 3
    Sem 6
    Animation Project
    Professional Animation Practice
    Contemporary Animation Theory
    Design Project
    Imaging Technologies
    Professional Practice
    Contemporary Film Theory
    Fashion Project
    Costing & Sourcing
    Promotional and Academic Planning
    Professional Design Practice
    Contemporary Design Theory
     Yr 4
    Sem 7
    Industry Project
    Industry / Competition Brief
    Final Project (Pre-Production)
    Design Development
    Personal Promotion
    Fashion Entrepreneur
    Advanced Typographic Practice
    Dynamic Identities
     Yr 4
    Sem 8
    Innovation & Creativity
    Final Project
    Innovation and Creativity
    Final Collection
    Creative Promotional Campaign
    Product Management
    Design Project
    Innovation and Creativity
    Industry Preparation
    Please see discipline specific tables at Level’s 7 & 8 for details of modules in the table above:
    1. BA in Animation (Semesters 2 – 6)
    2. BA (Hons) in Animation (Semesters 7 & 8)
    3. OR
    4. BA in Digital Film & Video (Semesters 2 – 6)
    5. BA (Hons) in Digital Film & Video (Semesters 7 & 8)
    6. OR
    7. BA in Graphic & Digital Design (Semesters 2 – 6),
    8. BA (Hons) in Graphic & Digital Design (Semesters 7 & 8)
    9. OR
    10. BA in Fashion with Promotion (Semesters 2 – 6),
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    On successful completion of this programme, students may apply to progress to Post Graduate and Masters programmes in their chosen discipline at LYIT or at Institutes / Universities across Ireland and abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    Graduates from this programme will be diverse and equipped with a skill set that is hugely in demand both regionally, nationally and internationally. Graduates, depending on their choice of specialism, may find employment in the following roles: Animation
    • Storyboard Artist
    • 2D Animator
    • 3D Animator
    • Special Effects Artist
    • Character Design
    • Environment Designer
    Digital Film & Video
    • Pre-production designer
    • On location Film Crew member – Camera / Sound
    • Post production editor
    • Special Effects Producer
    • Independent film/video producer
    Graphic & Digital Design
    • Graphic Designer
    • Advertising and Art Director
    • UX/UI/IxD
    • Web Designer
    • Interactive Media Designer
    • Motion Graphics Designer
    • Print and Publishing Designer
    • Freelance design and illustration.
    Fashion with Promotion
    • Fashion Design and Maker
    • E-Tailer
    • Visual PR consultant for a fashion company (maintaining a strong visual communication through moving image, graphics and photography within the media industry and online)
    • Fashion Stylist, Shoot and Production Assistant
    • Visual Merchandising
    • Fashion photographer/filmmaker
    • Fashion Advertising and Marketing Assistant
    • Fashion Illustrator
    • Fashion Blogger
    • Fashion Trends Forecaster
    • Fashion buyer
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply