Course Overview

Our Graphic Design Diploma Course will discuss what are the key principles of design, in particular: Typography, Colour, Photography and Layout. We will explore the optimum page layout, best document design presentation as well as marketing design to include integration into social media as well as print.

You will discover the most important steps on building a successful brand. You will become familiar with the industry-standard software used and how to implement and execute the results within your industry through Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, & InDesign. We will use Adobe software throughout to create illustrations, poster design, logos for use in both digital and print.

Our course has been created with business owners and business managers in mind but could equally serve a valid purpose for anyone thinking of pursuing a career in Graphic Design. Our lecturers are experienced Graphic Designers who will guide you step by step through the process of Design. Ultimately, you will learn to deliver unique and original solutions to graphic design briefs.

Lectures are delivered classroom-based and online. All content is webcast live and recorded for review. Online content is available through Moodle.


Why Graphic Design?

  • Graphic Design enhances how we communicate with other people
  • It can make your brand, product, or service look good and can create a positive first impression
  • A creative design can set you apart from your competition
  • It helps you to convey a message of credibility and professionalism
  • A consistent design will help to build trust in your brand
  • Time spent on your design shows that you care about your business
  • Designing something well can be the difference between making a sale or not

Course Modules

Becoming a Graphic Designer – The journey and what you will need to know

The Principles of Design

  • Typography – Essential learning
  • Contrasting Designs & Colour Principles
  • Photography and Image Optimisation
  • Proportion to Design Context
  • Movement and Design Presentation Flow
  • White Space and the Importance of Separation
  • Emphasis on Important Information
  • Balance, Alignment, and Layout Principles
  • Repetition and the Importance of Consistency

Brand Creation – Brand identity is a unique design, sign, symbol, words, or maybe a combination of all of these. These elements are then used in creating an image that identifies a product and differentiates it from its competitors. You will learn this process from Idea to implementation.

Illustrator – Adobe Illustrator is the effective industry-standard design software that will let you explore your creative vision, learning to create shapes while selecting the right colour & effects, at the same time getting an understanding of typography. Working across desktop and mobile devices you will learn to quickly create beautifully designed brands/logos that can go anywhere – print, web, apps, video, and animations.

Photoshop – We will discoverer just how powerful Photoshop really is, using it for image editing, retouching, creating image compositions, website draft designs, or simply adding design effects. You will discover how to edit digital or even scanned images that can then be applied online or in print including, managing large quantities of images through automated processes.

InDesign – InDesign is the industry-standard software for the design and publication of multi-page documents containing text, vector artwork, and images. Learn to use precise grids and guides to position page elements and create polished layouts. Take advantage of professional typesetting features to format text consistently across pages, chapters, and publications. InDesign manages large quantities of data with unlimited pages making it easy to create dynamic interactive PDF files, ready for digital distribution.

Design integration and implementation into the website and online digital formats – Learn how to integrate the designs that you will create into a website and then maximise their resolution for optimum screen viewing on all devices.

Marketing Design & Integration into Social Media – Learn how to create the graphics that are critical to promoting your business on each of the most important social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Tik-Tok. You will learn the formatting and dimension requirements for each platform.

Learning Outcomes

In this Graphic Design Course, you will get an understanding of what elements are vital to creating the best designs for today’s market. You will learn how to create a simple logo and then discover all the various branding necessities and standards that are associated with any logo.

You will create a business brand identity with the follow-through to all marketing elements to promote the brand through the design of posters and multi-page documents ensuring it is print-ready and digitally compliant for integration through web-enabled applications.

Course Award

City Colleges Diploma

Entry Requirements

To participate in this course, you will need to have access to the Adobe Creative Suite. You will be able to avail of student subscription rates for the Adobe software required for this learning.

It is essential that for the duration of this course, you have access to either a laptop or desktop PC to gain the maximum benefit of the learning and to complete the design projects to their best potential.


Attendance and Assessment:

A ‘Pass’ grade on both the digital assignment (Project) as well as in-class participation is required to achieve the Diploma. A ‘Fail’ grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded.

Students must attend at least 8 of the 10-course evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Likewise, the Project must be uploaded on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

Digital Assessment:

Students will be assessed through a design project to be submitted within one month of cessation of lectures. This assignment will be based around and thus confirming the students’ learned knowledge of each of the Adobe design software products used in this course.


Paul Noone

Dean, College of Information Technology

Paul has been successfully teaching ICT to students in various colleges and schools for many years, while prior to and during this time, he established his own Web and Graphic Design business, creating a large portfolio of clients.

Paul has a vast knowledge of business, being involved in the retail sector for many years, owning and running his own retail outlets in Dublin, this business experience includes the introduction of an international retailing brand, involving the opening of multiple retail outlets around Ireland.


I thoroughly enjoyed this course; I found the content very enjoyable and the lecturer extremely knowledgeable.

I would have no issue in recommending the course / college to family, friends, or colleagues.

Senan Cronin

I really loved doing the course, as a complete beginner to graphic design the way Paul taught the course made it easy to understand and learn all the essential elements of graphic design with ease.

If you commit the time and effort to undertake all of the assignments by the end of this course, I was able to produce my own professional logos and I have a broad understanding in the use of the Adobe software used in graphic design.

John Hoban

I appreciate the straightforward, simplified and accessible way the information is presented in a logical and sequential format to create an understanding of the essential elements of graphic design. For a short-term course, without the more extensive commitment of a full year you might find elsewhere, I found as much value in this course as I have in more traditional programs. Even though it is a basic introductory course, I was excited to undertake these exercises and do it all over again. This class is worth your time, effort and attention.

Alex Shanley, Dublin

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact for further details.


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27th September 2022
10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm GMT
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27th September 2022
10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm GMT

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