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Professional Academy Diploma in Graphic Design

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Turn your creative inspiration into valuable digital and print assets with a Professional Academy Diploma in Graphic Design. Learn to use Adobe’s industry-standard design tools - Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign - to create icons, graphics, logos, documents, and more as you build out your professional portfolio. Discover how the latest AI features, such as generative expand and content aware fill, can help you save time and achieve even better results.

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Starts 17 Jul — Ends 02 Oct 24

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Starts 17 Sep — Ends 03 Dec 24

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Starts 17 Sep — Ends 03 Dec 24

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  • 12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week
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Starts 24 Sep — Ends 10 Dec 24

Part-time / evening
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  • 12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week
  • Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • €1700
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Secure your place with a 50% deposit and the rest after your course commences. Save an additional 5% when you pay in full at time of booking.

Why UCD Professional Academy?

  • Valuable, trusted certification
  • Industry expert lecturers
  • Flexible learning options

Graphic Design Course Modules

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 and industry standards.

You will learn to use the latest AI features to quickly perform tasks such as removing backgrounds or adding effects. By the end of this course, you will be able to create a wide range of visual assets for both print and digital and ready to kickstart your creative career in design.

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1. 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.

  • Difference between pixels and vectors
  • Adobe application interfaces
  • Organising your files
  • Creating shapes

2. 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.

  • Layers and their use
  • Creative manipulation of multiple objects
  • Adding colours to the palette
  • Adding gradients to shapes

3. 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.

  • Colour management for print
  • Replicate a logo
  • Create your own icons
  • Source and edit multi-use infographics

4. Adobe Photoshop - The World Of Pixels

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

  • Understanding file formats
  • Perfecting images for print and web
  • Transforming, resizing, rotating, distorting images

5. Adobe Photoshop - Creative Montage

Deepen your knowledge of selection tools and create a design poster with text design. Explore the wonders of Photoshop’s generative AI fill, adding and removing content from images using everyday language. Learn to create an image montage by using selections.

  • Removing sections of an image
  • AI generative fill
  • Blending modes
  • Creating striking montages with everyday photos

6. Adobe Photoshop - Photoshop Magic

Master Photoshop’s powerful repair brush tools and the famous clone tool. Discover the AI-powered content aware fill, which allows you to remove or fill areas of your image. Learn to create colours and gradients.

  • Retouching photography
  • Content aware fill
  • Removing portions of a picture
  • Repairing damaged sections of pictures

7. 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.

  • Smart objects for image protection
  • Adding colour
  • Reducing colour channels
  • AI adjustment presets
  • Enhancing images with filters

8. 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.

  • Creating, resizing, and colouring shapes
  • Stacking, grouping, and layers
  • Image gallery overview

9. 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.

  • Creating a magazine cover
  • Exporting files for publication

10. 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.

  • Getting colour right
  • Creating a brand guidelines PDF
  • Text frame and linking

11. 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.

  • Optimising work: creating recurring headers
  • Applying macros
  • Publishing online PDFs

12. 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.

  • Real-world design planning
  • Starting on your portfolio

€33,000 / Annual

Graphic Designer Salary in Ireland

The average Graphic Designer salary in Ireland is €33,000 per year. Entry level positions start at €25,000 per year while more experienced designers make up to €60,000 per year.

Salary data source:, 5th March 2024


Salary data source:, 5th March 2024

What does a Graphic designer do?

A graphic designer creates visual assets to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. This includes tasks such as designing logos, brochures, advertisements, websites, and other marketing materials.

Graphic designers must have a strong understanding of layout, typography, and colour theory, as well as be able to use a variety of design software. They work to communicate the desired message of a client or company through visual elements, and may also be involved in the development of brand guidelines and visual identities.

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What our Alumni Say about Graphic Design

The Professional Academy 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 design.

The UCD Professional Academy Diploma in Graphic Design was fantastic! The way it was structured and the clear and easy to follow tutorial were really beneficial and our lecturer was great - so professional and very helpful. UCD Professional Academy is very well organised and run and I'd definitely recommend it to others.

Graphic Design

The Professional Academy 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.


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Students taking part in this course will now have access to the EBSCO Online Library, free of charge, for the full duration of the course. Here you can browse thousands of relevant journals, articles and other reliable academic and commercial texts like the Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes Magazine, to supplement your learning and assignments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 practise on your own computer, with sample files and exercises provided to help you learn. This course is about learning tools and embracing AI-assisted design 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 course gives professionals with design capabilities a distinct edge with potential employers. Gain a strong knowledge of Adobe’s mainstream design tools and demonstrate your ability to work collaboratively as well as produce the correct document formats required in each scenario. Gain confidence navigating industry requirements, managing colours, and leveraging the power of cutting-edge AI features. 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:


Adobe Illustrator

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Photoshop


Adobe Bridge (File Manager application)

Adobe Acrobat (PDF generator/reader)

Minimum PC/Laptop requirements:

OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 10 (64bit)


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

Minimum Mac requirements:

OPERATING SYSTEM: macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later


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 Academy Diploma?

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

The Professional Academy is 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.

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How do I get my Professional Academy 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 certificate to your LinkedIn profile.

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our part-time & on demand courses can be secured with a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

For full-time Bootcamp courses, 100% of the course fee should be paid before starting.

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