What will I learn?

What is the Course about?

Visual communication and design is a problem-solving practice that uses image, text, print and screen to communicate messages. This discipline originates from graphic design and now incorporates the traditional skills of drawing, printing, photography, typography and other graphic processes with the new digital realms of video, sound and animation.

Course Structure

This course is designed to facilitate a transition from novice student to creative practitioner. Students are taught a variety of skills to achieve this. This highly practical course features a studio environment where students complete projects in a variety of 2D design disciplines, such as branding; illustration; packaging; typography; advertising; layout; signage; websites; moblie devices; games; moving image; video and animation.

Is this course for you?

If you are interested in what images, typefaces, packaging sell products; in what interface makes tasks more efficient; in what visual problem solving can achieve, then Visual Communications and Design could be the course for you.

Special Features:

  • Studio-based course with skills training across all media. Students of the course will graduate with a portfolio of work in graphic design, digital media and video.
  • Annual industry showcase event for final year students to exhibit work to potential employers.
  • Students are encouraged to compete in a variety of national student competitions and have performed well in recent years. Students of this course have won first place at the Samsung Digital Media Award and and have been shortlisted for the Institute of Designer in Ireland (IDI) Graduate Awards.
  • Students have the opportunity to take international field trips in Years 1 and 2.
  • Exit awards: Higher Certificate in Visual Communications and Design (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2; Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications and Design (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€10,250.00 (8,67,174) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

January 2022

Venue

Wexford Campus (IT Carlow)

Summer Hill Road,

WEXFORD,

Carlow,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must demonstrate that they have reached a level of education in their country of origin that is the equivalent of a Secondary School Diploma (High School Diploma) with good grades in an appropriate language, mathematics and at least 4 other subjects. Students must also have an IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent; TOEFL Internet Based Test: 79; TOEFL Computer Based Test: 213; TOEFL Paper Based Test: 550; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 50-57; GCE O-Level English Language: Grade C; Test of Interactive English (TIE): B2+; TOEIC: 700; GCSE English: Grade C; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: Grade C; English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP) B2+; Irish Leaving Certificate: Ordinary Level Grade D

For international students

Students must demonstrate that they have reached a level of education in their country of origin that is the equivalent of a Secondary School Diploma (High School Diploma) with good grades in an appropriate language, mathematics and at least 4 other subjects.

English language requirements: TOEFL paper based 550; TOEFL computer based 213; TOEFL internet based (iBT) 79; IELTS 5.5; GCE O level English language – grade C; Test of Interactive English (TIE) – B2+; TOEIC – 700; GCSE English – Grade C; Cambridge certificate in advanced English – Grade C; English test for academic and professional purposes (ETAPP) – B2+; Irish leaving certificate – ordinary level grade D.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Niagara College
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About Institute of Technology Carlow

IT Carlow offers an inclusive campus environment where students make lifelong friends while reaching academic goals.

  • Undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation programmes
  • Programmes in business, law, humanities, sport and science
  • In Carlow, South East Ireland, near Dublin
  • Known for student sporting excellence