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Cavan Institute
Design and Graphics Year 1

Our Design and Graphics course is structured to enable students to explore a diverse range of design disciplines.

Design and Graphics Year 1


Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Mature applicants (aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered.

Further Study

At Cavan Institute: 

Graduates of this course in Design and Graphics may progress to the following level 6 courses, Architectural Technology and Design (Year 2), Furniture Design (Year 2) and Design all available at Cavan Institute. 


Graduates are also eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

Design with Product Innovation - TUS Midlands 

Product Design - Maynooth University 

Architecture - TUD, UCD, ATU Sligo 

Visual Communications - TUS Midlands 

Interior Architecture & Design - ATU Sligo

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course in Design and Graphics will have the skills necessary to pursue a career in any design discipline, including 3D product design, architecture, furniture design, interior design, interior architecture, photography, graphic design, set design and fashion design. The 3D Design and Graphics course may also appeal to those interested in working on a self-employed basis, working in retail display or working in design industries.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Design


Course Fees





Course Content

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Design

Design Skills


Combined Materials

Image Processing (Photoshop)

Computer Aided Draughting (2D)

Computer 3D Modelling and Animation

Photographic Techniques

Furniture Making

Work Experience


About This Course

This course will give students a firm foundation in graphics, the design process and design theory in a studio-based environment. Using a hands-on approach, students will develop problem solving skills, including the ability to think creatively, three-dimensionally and technically. It is suited to students who want to pursue a career in design and enhance their career opportunities by developing a portfolio. There will be an opportunity to specialise in a chosen design discipline (3D Product Construction).

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