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Visual Communications (BA Honours)

  • Course Code

    CR 600

  • Field of Study

    Design Communication,Graphics,Media Communications,Multimedia,Visual Communications

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BA (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

    Please note the CAO closing date is 1st February, late application will not be accepted.

Course duration:

4 Years (8 semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include English or Irish.There is no specific Mathematics requirement. Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects.

A Portfolio is part of the admission requirement.

Download Portfolio Guidelines >>

Please note the CAO closing date is 1st February, late application will not be accepted.

Dates for Portfolio Assessment 2018

Applying to CAO Course Venue 2018 Dates
CR600 only

Department of Media Communications
CIT Bishopstown Campus

5th March
CR600 WITH CR210 and/or CR220
Team members from each of the 3 courses will be in the one venue
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design,
Sharman Crawford Street
Cork City
12th March



Department of Media Communications, CIT Bishopstown Campus

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Art, and English.

Course summary

The course pays particular attention to the development of each student's ability to respond to visual design problems in an individual, inventive and creative manner. The program aims to produce graduates who can display the capacity for innovation in the area of Visual Communications (Level 8).


Media Communications



Friday 17th November
Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

Saturday 18th November 
Location: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork

For more information and timetable of events, please click here.   

For information of Fees/Student Grants and Financial Assistance, please click here

What is Visual Communications?

Visual Communication is the art of problem-solving and communication through the use of type, space, and image. It presents the idea that a graphic message has the power to inform, educate, or persuade a person or audience. It can be presented as a still image, or motion graphics, including sound and in some cases interactive activity.

About the Course

CR600 Course Location: Please note that the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design runs the BA (Honours) in Visual Communications. However, the course is delivered in the CIT Bishopstown Campus.

The course aims to equip students with the skills required to work as visual designers at an independent and professional level. The course also aims to develop each student’s ability to respond to design communication problems in an inventive and creative manner. Students will develop their knowledge of the design process, production techniques and the professional business environment.

This course contains academic components, which are designed to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of their chosen area of specialisation. Through the writing of a thesis, students learn the skills of academic research, argument construction, written communication and presentation, which will assist them in progression to postgraduate study or in their subsequent careers as visual designers.

Further Studies

For details, see

Suitably qualified graduates eligible are to apply for postgraduate programmes:

Question Time

How much Art is involved in this course?
A portfolio is a requirement for entry to the course so drawing skills are required. In first year the students are assisted with modules in creative image-making to encourage drawing and mark making skills.

What is the difference between Visual Communications and Creative Digital Media?
Visual Communications is a graphic design course that focuses on creative design for the printed and electronic media.

Creative Digital Media investigates a broader design spectrum and focuses on areas such as computer programming, technology, media & culture, and business as well as design.

Graduate Profile

Paul Gately
Graphic Designer

“Throughout the Visual Communications course, I was encouraged to explore my creativity, to push the boundaries, visualise my ideas, rationalise, and present them, all of which are essential skills to have as a designer.

After graduating from the Visual Communications programme, I worked for a number of top Irish design companies. I now own my own company Motif Design.”


CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments, and exams.

For detailed module information, please click BA (Honours) in Visual Communications

The course equips graduates to work in the fast moving exciting world of design. There are traditional jobs in graphic design, advertising and web design in which our graduates can be employed. Many graduates go on to creative director positions and some follow on to start up their own businesses.

Our Visual Communications graduates have also studied on Masters programmes in areas such as illustration and design management. Graduates can also work in specialised areas such as photography, web design, and motion graphics.

The main areas of employment are:

  • Graphic Design/Creative Director/Project Manager
  • Advertising/Branding/Promotion/Packaging
  • Photographer/Illustrator/Animator/Motion Graphic Designer/Web Designer
  • Printer/Print Management/Account Manager

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2017: 490 (A special points system operates for admission to CR 600. This involves aggregating the points scored for the Leaving Certificate and for the Portfolio. Points are awarded out of 600 using the normal CAO points system applied to six subjects. A further 600 points are available for the Portfolio, making a total of 1200 maximum. A minimum of 240 (40%) points must be obtained in the Portfolio Assessment in order for an applicant to be eligible for the course. See overview tab for more information)

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Rose McGrath Head, Department of Media Communications
021 4335812