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Design (Visual Communication) / Dearadh - Cumarsáid Amhairc


What is... Visual Communication?

Breathing life into images, text and concepts, turning them on their head and communicating them in a fresh way to a wide audience is the work of the BA Design - Visual Communication graduate. 

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Graduates of the BA in Design – Visual Communication work in design consultancies, advertising agencies, publishing, media groups and in private practice.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard may have access to a range of Masters degrees in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education.   

Learning Outcomes:   What will I Study?

This four year honours degree programme is aimed at people who wish to become graphic designers, illustrators, typographers, and digital media designers. Through examining how image and text work together, you will learn how to design and visually communicate through print and digital media. The programme is principally studio based where you will work on a wide variety of projects that explore typography, image-making (illustration and photography) and digital media. Supporting the practice based studio work; critical theory introduces students to design practice and key issues in the history and theory of design.  

Module Listing

Year One  

Studio Practice:  

  • Visual Exploration & Design Process
  • What is Design? (Professional Practice)
  • Drawing
  • Design Applications

Critical Theory:  

  • Introduction to Design
  • Design and Contemporary Society

Year Two

Studio Practice:  

  • Design for Print Media
  • Design for Digital Media
  • Image-Making
  • Design & Career Management (Professional Practice)
  • Drawing
  • Design Applications 

Critical Theory:  

  • Modernism in Design

Students can also take a number of optional modules from Fine Art and Interior & Furniture Design. 

Year Three

Studio Practice:  

  • Design for Print Media
  • Design for Digital Media
  • Image-making
  • Professional Practice

Critical Theory: 

  • After Modernism
  • Thesis Preparation

Students can also take a number of optional modules from Fine Art and Interior and Furniture Design. 

Year Four 

Studio Practice:  

  • Visual Communication
  • Professional Practice

Critical Theory:  

  • Thesis  

Is there an Advanced Entry Option?

Yes. An application to any year after Year 1 is called Advanced Entry.

  • All applications are made through CAO and not directly to us here in TU Dublin. Click here to apply.
  • Closing dates for application vary. Most programmes will be open until 30th June but many programmes accept late applications.
  • Contact the School directly using details below to ask if a late application will be considered.

Are there study abroad options?

There is a comprehensive Erasmus programme connecting with over 15 European schools of design.   

Further Information

T: (01) 402 4138 (Secretary)  

F: 01 402 4297