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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 requirement for Mathematics. Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects.

A Portfolio is required. Please click here to access portfolio guidelines.

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

 

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).

Department(s)

Media Communications

Please click here to download Portfolio Guidelines

CIT Crawford College of Art & Design

Please note that the BA (Honours) in Visual Communications programme takes place at the CIT Bishopstown Campus.

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.

The course aims to produce graduates who will be knowledgeable, capable and highly motivated in the practice and theory of Visual Communications. It aims to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to effectively function as a designer at an independent and professional level. 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. By developing student’s research, design planning and production skills the course aims to produce graduates who can display the capacity for innovation in the area of Visual Communications.

Through the course structure, students develop their knowledge of the design process, production techniques and the professional business environment. It incorporates areas such as design principles and practice, creative image making, typography, creative technology, print technology, illustration, photography, video, contextual and business studies. This course also has academic modules, which are designed to develop the students’ knowledge of visual culture through research, argument construction, written communication and presentations.

Accreditation
This course is fully accredited by Institute of Designers of Ireland.

Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates eligible are to apply for:

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 Multimedia?
Visual Communications is a graphic design course that focuses on creative design for the printed and electronic media.

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

Full details of modules for BA (Honours) in Visual Communications

The main areas of employment are:

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

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

CAO 1st Round:

490

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Ms Rose McGrath Head, Department of Media Communications
rose.mcgrath@cit.ie
021 4335812