Design - Common Entry - Galway Campus

ATU - Galway Campuses


Course Name Design - Common Entry - Galway Campus
Course Provider ATU - Galway Campuses
Alternative Provider(s) ATU - Atlantic Technological University
Course Code AU519
Course Type Higher Education CAO
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Degree - Ordinary Bachelor (Level 7 NFQ)  More info... Major Atlantic Technological University Level 7 NFQ
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Attendance Options Full time, Daytime
Location (Districts) Galway City
Qualification Letters BA
Duration 1 year+ year full-time.
Specific Subjects or Course Requirements Higher Certificate (Level 6) and Ordinary Degree (Level 7)

5 Leaving Cert. subjects @ grade O6/H7 or better

Subjects must include either English or Irish.

Mathematics is a required subject.

Minimum points score of 160 points
Leaving Certificate General Entry Requirements

Expand+Bonus points for Honours Maths
Students who achieve grade H6 or better in the Higher (Honours) maths exam will receive 25 additional points. Bonus points will also apply to Honours maths results from previous years. For maths results from 2016 and e...

QQI FET Applicants General Information

Expand+QQI Level 5/6 (FETAC)

QQI Leibhéal 5/6 (FETAC)
Applicants must present a full major award at Level 5 or higher. A record achievement, a minor award or a component award will not meet the minimum entry requirement. You must have at least 120 QQI...

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Mature Applicants

Expand+Mature Students
Mic Léinn Lánfhásta

If you are applying for first-year and will be 23 years of age (or older) by 1st January in the proposed year of entry you are defined as a “Mature Applicant”.

Do mature applicants have any advantag...

Alternative Entry

Expand+UK and Northern Ireland Applicants
Iarrthóirí ón Ríocht Aontaithe agus Ó Thuaisceart Éirinn

An award at Level 3 on the UK framework is the minimum entry standard for year one.

Standard UK/NI applicants
Standard applicants are those pres...

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Number of Places 80
Course Fee

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Rules on fees and grants are subject to change. Please check the websites of the HEA and SUSI for the most up-to-date information on the criteria for determining liability for fees and/or eligibility for grants. See

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Financial Support If you feel you may need financial assistance in university, apply for financial support as early as possible. The sooner you apply the sooner you will know if you are eligible for a grant. Applications usually open in March of each year.

You can check your eligibility on and
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+-Programme Description
The Design (Common Entry) course is the first year of a three (Level 7) or four (Level 8) year course. During Year 1 you will focus on your preferred specialist area. In Year 2 you will then transfer on to one of the following...

Subjects Taught

Expand+What will I study?

Year 1 (Common Entry)
• Academic and Professional Skills
• Design Studio
• Introduction to Design Pathways
• Design History and Theory
• Photography
• Digital Media
• Core Studio (Interior Design / Graphic D...

Comment Did You Know?
Employers value our design graduates for their creative problem solving, excellent communication skills, IT literacy, flexibility, teamwork skills and visual presentation skills.

Common Entry
In Year 1 the programme begins with an introduction to core design principles and an exploration of each discipline. For Year 2 students choose their creative pathway and continue their degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, Interior Design, Product Design or Textiles and Fashion.
Careers or Further Progression

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Design is a high-growth industry sector, offering graduates exciting career opportunities. Graduates are on a pathway to become interior designers, product designers, graphic designers, illustrators and fashion and textile desig...

Further Enquiries Kieran Egan,
Programme Chair,
Course Web Page Web Page - Click Here
Points History
Year Points
2022 270
2021 271
2020 251