Graphic Design - Athlone Campus

TUS - Athlone Campus


Course Name Graphic Design - Athlone Campus
Course Provider TUS - Athlone Campus
Alternative Provider(s) TUS - Technological University of the Shannon
Course Code US700
Course Type Higher Education CAO
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Degree - Ordinary Bachelor (Level 7 NFQ)  More info... Major Technological University of the Shannon Level 7 NFQ
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Attendance Options Full time, Daytime
Location (Districts) Athlone
Qualification Letters BA
Duration 3 years full-time.
Specific Subjects or Course Requirements Grade O6 in five subjects. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).

Note: An F2 in Foundation Level Mathematics will be accepted as meeting the minimum Mathematics requirement.

*For all applicants, an assessment is required.
Leaving Certificate General Entry Requirements

Expand+Foundation Level Irish
Foundation Level Irish at Grade F2 will meet the minimum language requirement for all courses.

Bonus Points for Honours Mathematics
25 bonus points will be awarded to any CAO applicant who has gained a grade H6 or higher i...

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme LCVP Students apply through the CAO in the normal way. The LCVP module will be considered as a passing module provided the applicant achieves at least a pass grade. This will apply for entry to Honours Degree (Level 8), Ordinary Degree (Level 7) and Higher Certificate (Level 6) courses.

Points will be awarded for LCVP Link Modules as follows:
Pass: 28 points Merit: 46 points Distinction: 66 points
Leaving Certificate Applied Programme LCAP The LCA subjects do not meet the minimum entry requirements for admission to academic courses at TUS and are not considered passing subjects. Holders of the Leaving Certificate Applied programme may wish to undertake a QQI FET/FETAC in order to gain eligibility for entry to third level courses at TUS.
QQI FET Applicants General Information

TUS accepts QQI-FET/FETAC awards for entry on all courses of study. The following minimum entry requirements will apply to graduates of QQI-FET/FETAC qualifications who are seeking admission to courses at TUS.


QQI FET Entry Requirements Web Page - Click Here
Alternative Entry

Expand+Trade Qualifications
A trade applicant, seeking admission to the first year of a course, should do so through the CAO. Such application may be on the basis of National Craft Certificate, Senior Trades or Advanced Tourism Certification Board (NTCB)/...

Higher Education Access Route HEAR Web Page - Click Here
Disability Access Route to Education DARE Web Page - Click Here
Recognition of Prior Learning RPL Web Page - Click Here
Course Fee

Expand+All undergraduate course fees consist of two elements:

1. Student Contribution Fee and;
2. A Tuition Fee.

Student Contribution Fee
The Student Contribution Fee for the 2022/2023 academic year is €3,000. This is an annual charge, which is se...

Link to Course Fee Web Page - Click Here
Financial Support

Expand+Students can apply through the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) for a grant to cover the
Student Contribution Fee. SUSI is the single awarding authority for all grant applications. It is an “online application system” and is accessed at...


Expand+US700, US803 and Add-on Graphic Design Portfolio Requirement.

Applicants can choose to be assessed via one of the following options:

1. Applicants must submit three pieces of work on the assessment day(s). If they are unable to attend in pers...

CAO Application Dates and Fees

Expand+Entry 2023

Early online application (discounted): Fee €30 Closing Date: 20 January 2023 at 5pm

Normal online application: Fee €45 Closing Date: 1 February 2023 at 5pm

Late online application - restrictions apply (see page 3 2023 CAO Hand...

Course Content

Expand+What is this course about?
The theme of the first year is fundamentals and these fundamentals are introduced and explored across the areas of core design, typography, photography, illustration, print making, creative thinking, visual exploration...

Subjects Taught

Expand+What will I study?
Year 1: Graphic Design – Looking Anew, Visual Research and Exploration, Professional Practice – Communications and Personal Development, Visual Culture and Contextual Studies 1, Design Methods, Visual Image and Meaning, Visua...

Comment Other Information
• QQI FET/FETAC Applicants
• Work placement
Careers or Further Progression What can I do after the course?
Design students have a track record of winning awards at local, national and international student assessment schemes and competitions. Graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects in Ireland and overseas, and are employed in digital design studios, advertising agencies, publishing houses, printing, the arts, the film and television industries and in teaching roles in second level, PLC and third-level courses.
Further Enquiries Tara Cullen
Course Leader
Tel: +353 (0)90 64 68298
Course Web Page Web Page - Click Here
Points History
Year Points
2022 526 # (Test / Interview / Portfolio / Audition)
2021 642 # (Test / Interview / Portfolio / Audition)
2020 781 # (Test / Interview / Portfolio / Audition)