Professional Diploma in Graphic Design

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Turn your creative inspiration into valuable digital and print assets with a Professional Course in Graphic Design. Master Adobe’s industry-standard design tools: Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Learn to create icons, graphics, logos, documents, and more as you build a professional portfolio.

Why UCD Professional Academy?

  • Valuable, trusted qualification
  • Industry expert lecturers
  • Flexible live online learning

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Course Information for Graphic Design

€1,500

Secure your place with a 10% deposit and pay the rest in instalments. Flexible payment options available.

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Showing dates for: Nov - Mar 2022

Starts 16 Nov - Ends 15 Feb 2022

Part-time

Course Type

Live online lectures with an industry expert

Duration

12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week

Timetable

Tuesdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Starts 19 Jan - Ends 06 Apr 2022

Part-time

Course Type

Live online lectures with an industry expert

Duration

12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week

Timetable

Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Starts 15 Feb - Ends 03 May 2022

Part-time

Course Type

Live online lectures with an industry expert

Duration

12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week

Timetable

Tuesdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Starts 24 Mar - Ends 09 Jun 2022

Part-time

Course Type

Live online lectures with an industry expert

Duration

12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week

Timetable

Thursdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

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What our alumni say about Graphic Design

The Professional Diploma in Graphic Design is an excellent course for stepping into the world of Graphic Design. My lecturer was always available for questions. Upon finishing this course, I got a job as a graphic designer and print finisher in a printing studio, so I would recommend this course to people who have interest in the design world.

Dwaynne Nolan


General Assistant

The Professional Diploma in Graphic Design was highly constructive, very well articulated, and more intense than a basic course. I hope to use this course to find a good job as a graphic designer or illustrator. The great humanity of the teacher and his way of keeping a fast but fun pace have certainly helped the success of the course.

Maria Tallarico


Supervisor

Professional Diploma in Graphic Design course content and learning outcomes

Discover how to develop a coherent visual identity, either online or in print using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, working on designs for a wide range of business purposes.

What will I learn about Graphic Design?

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This interactive and practical course will introduce you to graphic design’s golden triad: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. These powerful applications are used by the world’s top creatives and you will learn how they help with creating logos and icons, retouching photography, and laying out complex documents. You will develop essential design skills and understand how to ensure your visual assets are consistent with brand guidelines. 

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Graphic Design Course Modules:

Adobe Illustrator - The World Of Vectors

Adobe Illustrator - The World Of Vectors

Become comfortable with the application’s layout and navigation. Create vector-based shapes using strokes and fills. Learn to organise assets and group and apply transformations.

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  • Difference between pixels and vectors
  • Adobe application interfaces
  • Organising your files
  • Creating shapes
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Adobe Illustrator - Let’s Get Creative

Adobe Illustrator - Let’s Get Creative

Understand how layers are used for creative element control. Learn to align and distribute objects. Create and save a brand colour folder for a website and explore gradient designs using colours.

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  • Layers and their use
  • Creative manipulation of multiple objects
  • Adding colours to the palette
  • Adding gradients to shapes
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Adobe Illustrator - Colours, Logos & Icons

Adobe Illustrator - Colours, Logos & Icons

Learn how to create and manage brand colours for print or digital output. Convert pixel-based images into fully editable vector shapes and use cutting tools to create a vector-based logo. 

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  • Colour management for print
  • Replicate a logo
  • Create your own icons
  • Source and edit multi-use infographics
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Adobe Photoshop - The World Of Pixels

Adobe Photoshop - The World Of Pixels

Learn to optimise images for digital and print output. Discover transformations and layers. Start using selection tools.

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  • Understanding file formats
  • Perfecting images for print and web
  • Transforming, resizing, rotating, distorting images
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Adobe Photoshop - Creative Montage

Adobe Photoshop - Creative Montage

Deepen your knowledge of selection tools and create a design poster with text design. Learn to create an image montage by using selections.

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  • Removing sections of an image
  • Creating striking montages with everyday photos
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Adobe Photoshop - Photoshop Magic

Adobe Photoshop - Photoshop Magic

Master Photoshop’s powerful repair brush tools and the famous clone tool. Learn to create colours and gradients.

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  • Retouching photography
  • Removing portions of a picture
  • Repairing damaged sections of pictures
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Adobe Photoshop - Behind The Mask

Adobe Photoshop - Behind The Mask

Learn to use masking techniques and smart objects. Discover how adjustment layers allow for non-destructive effects and apply levels to improve image colours.

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  • Smart objects for image protection
  • Adding colour
  • Reducing colour channels
  • Enhancing images with filters
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Adobe InDesign - The World Of Layout Design

Adobe InDesign - The World Of Layout Design

Discover how to create vector shapes and outlines for displays. Start working with images for layout design and use layers for workflow creativity.

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  • Creating, resizing, and colouring shapes
  • Stacking, grouping, and layers
  • Image gallery overview
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Adobe InDesign - Magazine Cover

Adobe InDesign - Magazine Cover

Learn how to lay out a magazine cover for professional print, and how to optimise for digital distribution. Ensure the correct profiles and print registrations are applied.

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  • Creating a magazine cover
  • Exporting files for publication
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Adobe InDesign - Brand Guidelines & Colours

Adobe InDesign - Brand Guidelines & Colours

Learn to ensure correct colour applications across all your documents. Learn to create multiple text page documents and work on your brand guidelines document.

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  • Getting colour right
  • Creating a brand guidelines PDF
  • Text frame and linking
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Adobe InDesign - Getting Interactive

Adobe InDesign - Getting Interactive

Learn how to speed up workflow by using master pages. Add creative visuals to text pages using text wrap. Add videos, Google Maps, and animations to make an interactive PDF.

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  • Optimising work: creating recurring headers
  • Applying macros
  • Publishing online PDFs
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A Day At The Office - Advertisement Project Design

A Day At The Office - Advertisement Project Design

Learn how to interpret a design brief and make a layout plan. Use Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign together in a final exercise and start putting your creative portfolio together.

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  • Real-world design planning
  • Starting on your portfolio
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Have questions about the Professional Diploma in Graphic Design?

Find out how this industry-focused course will give you the job-ready skills and knowledge to advance your career.

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Is this course right for me?

This hands-on course will give you the confidence to use Adobe applications to execute digital or print design. Your lecturer will demonstrate features live before you practice on your own computer, with sample files and exercises provided to help you learn.

This course is about learning tools rather than developing your creativity, so it would suit someone who is already interested in design. 

You will need a computer capable of running Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign to take this course and the relevant licences for these applications.

How will this course help with my career?

Every organisation needs visual assets to communicate, and this gives professionals with design capabilities a distinct edge with potential employers. Knowledge of Adobe’s mainstream design tools shows you can work collaboratively as well as produce the correct document formats required in each scenario. Design is also a rewarding career in its own right - either as a freelancer, in a dedicated in-house role, or at an agency.

During this course, you’ll work on four projects to kick-start your all-important design portfolio.

What is the online learning experience like?

Our online experience is designed to be just as interactive, supportive, and inspiring as the UCD Professional Academy campus experience. 

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with a fast broadband internet connection.

The following Adobe applications will need to be installed and licence activated prior to course commencement:

CORE APPLICATIONS:

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Photoshop

SUPPORTING APPLICATIONS:

Adobe Bridge (File Manager application)

Adobe Acrobat (PDF generator/reader)

Minimum PC/Laptop requirements:

OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 10 (64bit)

RAM: 8 GB

HARD DISK: (at least) 4 GB of available space

Minimum Mac requirements:

OPERATING SYSTEM: macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later

RAM: 8 GB

HARD DISK: (at least) 4 GB of available space.

Live lectures are delivered using Zoom. During these lectures, your teachers will use technology interactively to ensure an engaging learning experience. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphones so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students. 

What is the student experience like?

Student care is a high priority at UCD Professional Academy, which is why our Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. They will respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate your learning experience at every point. All students are given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access all your study materials, and manage your account.

How is this course assessed?

As part of the course, you will be asked to work on three in-course personal projects and one final master project. There are various choices available, and you may even create materials that have direct application at work or for your business, such as creating your own company logo. Each of these four projects, as well as a written essay of 1,000 words containing your thought process as you worked on the projects, will be assessed as evidence of your learning.

What are the benefits of a Professional Diploma?

UCD Professional Academy diplomas and awards are designed to give your career an advantage. Developed in conjunction with industry thought leaders and academic specialists our courses teach practical, applied skills to support you to achieve your career and business goals.  Professional Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects rather than their academic credentials.

The Professional Academy in an independent wholly owned part of UCD designed to address the need for skills development in the workforce. Courses tend to be short, designed and delivered by industry practitioners, and are not part of nor do they lead to a traditional University award such as a degree or a masters.  They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study by their organisation.

For full details of UCD Professional Academy’s Awards & Governance please visit https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/governance/

How do I get my Diploma?

Your UCD Professional Academy Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with employers and others wishing to verify your credentials. You can also add this qualification to your LinkedIn profile.

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our programmes can be secured with a 10% deposit.

For part-time programmes students will be required to pay 45% of the fees before the start of the course, with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

Please note that standard terms and conditions apply, which you can review here: https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/terms-and-conditions/

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Professional Diploma in Graphic Design

Learn to communicate a brand’s unique identity by using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign to produce exciting visual assets.

Course Price

€1,500 Enrol Now

Secure your place with a 10% deposit and pay the rest in instalments.