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Design and Graphics

PLC Post Leaving Cert

This course will give students a firm foundation in graphics, the design process and design theory in a studio-based environment.

Award Name Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ)
NFQ Classification Major
Awarding Body QQI
NFQ Level Level 5 NFQ
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ) Major QQI Level 5 NFQ
Course Provider:
Alternate Provider:
Cavan Town
Attendance Options:
Full time, Daytime
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Course provider


1 year full-time.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award.
Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Careers / Further progression

Further Study
At Cavan Institute:
Graduates of this course in Design and Graphics may progress to the following level 6 courses, Architectural Technology and Design (Year 2), Furniture Design (Year 2) and Design all available at Cavan Institute.

Graduates are also eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

-Design with Product Innovation - TUS Midlands
-Product Design - Maynooth University
-Architecture - TUD, UCD, ATU Sligo
-Visual Communications - TUS Midlands
-Interior Architecture & Design - ATU Sligo

Career Opportunities
Graduates of this course in Design and Graphics will have the skills necessary to pursue a career in any design discipline, including 3D product design, architecture, furniture design, interior design, interior architecture, photography, graphic design, set design and fashion design. The 3D Design and Graphics course may also appeal to those interested in working on a self-employed basis, working in retail display or working in design industries.

QQI FET Links to CAO Courses

Course Web Page

Further information

Course commences in September 2024.


*The Post Leaving Certificate Government Levy of €200 is removed since 2022.

1. PLC Maintenance Grant
Means-tested maintenance grants are available to eligible students attending approved full-time courses of further education in approved Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) centres, of which Cavan Institute is one.
Applications can be made online to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through or

2. Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)
The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) allows people in receipt of certain social welfare payments to retain those payments whilst participating in approved full-time courses in further education.
See or for further details.

3. Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)
This scheme allows unemployed people aged over 21 to engage in education and training without losing their benefits. It applies to all courses offered at Cavan Institute and applicants must be in receipt of one of a number of social welfare supports for at least six months.
See for further details.

4. HEA Fund for Students with Disabilities
The Higher Education Authority’s “Fund for Students with Disabilities” allocates funding to further and higher education colleges for the provision of services and supports to full-time students with disabilities. Applications to the fund are made on behalf of an eligible student by Cavan Institute following an assessment.

How do I Apply?
On-line applications for the 2024/25 academic year are Open.

You can apply for your chosen Cavan Institute course online, by clicking “Apply Online” on our homepage. Please note you may apply to some Cavan Institute courses through the CAO system. (or view Application link above)

June 1st is the closing date for receipt of applications for first round offers. However, applications will be accepted and processed on courses where places are available following this date and second round offers will be made to eligible applicants who apply after that date.

About This Course
Students will gain a firm foundation in graphics, the design process and design theory in a studio-based environment. Using a hands-on approach, students will develop problem solving skills, including the ability to think creatively, three-dimensionally and technically. It is suited to students who want to pursue a career in design and enhance their career opportunities by developing a portfolio. There will be an opportunity to specialise in a chosen design discipline (3D Product Construction).

Design Skills
Combined Materials
Image Processing (Photoshop)
Computer Aided Draughting (2D)
Computer 3D Modelling and Animation
Photographic Techniques
Furniture Making
Work Experience

5M2208 - Design.

Certification: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Design - 5M2208.

Cavan Institute,
Cathedral Road,
Co. Cavan.
H12 E426
Tel: +353 49 4332633

Course Provider:
Alternate Provider:
Cavan Town
Attendance Options:
Full time, Daytime
Apply to:
Course provider