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Graphic Design Communication - BA (Honours) in Design
  • Programme Code:
    Course Level:
    Level 8
    Art & Design
    3 year specialisation following LC110 First Year Art & Design
    Limerick (Clare St)

    What is the programme about?

    This award-winning programme offers you the opportunity to study graphic design and all its related disciplines. We offer a high level of experiential learning through studio projects, talks, workshops and online activities, where you explore the many and varied practices within graphic design communication. You are encouraged to be open to new ideas and engage with the range of skills on offer. The programme has strong links with industry through our Professional Practice module and the work placement initiative in Year Three. From it, students have been successfully placed in Ireland, London and further afield in Europe, Asia and South America. On completion, the programme prepares students for careers as professional graphic designers and other areas of employment, such as advertising, packaging, typography, illustration, UX design, film/TV production, exhibition and web design. The programme actively encourages a broadening of skills on intellectual, creative and practical levels in order to become a designer of the future.


    After graduating in 2011, Bridget moved to Germany to take up an internship at Gruppë fur Gestaltung, where she progressed to the role of junior designer. On her return to Ireland, she spent some time in Dublin studios Form and Zinc, before taking a position at CI Studio (formerly Creative Inc.) where she spent four great years. At CI Studio, she found the design process to be very much aligned to the fundamentals acquired at LSAD. Recently she has moved on from there to take up a new position at Zero-G. Bridget combines her design work with her passion for enterprise through Marsh Sisters, a business she runs with her sister.


    We are an experienced team in graphic design and education, with a multi-disciplinary approach to the programme, which is informed by current industry practice. The team, led by Eamon Spelman, brings specialised design knowledge into studio projects, workshops and lectures in design thinking, design for print and screen, typography, motion design, still and moving digital image, illustration and packaging design. Each year, the teaching is supported by a strong and varied guest lecture series, many of whom are graduates.   Class contact is Initially 23 hours per week in Year 1; however, as the programme progresses, the course of study becomes increasingly self-directed.

    YEAR 2 You expand on the basic principles of graphic design learned in the latter part of Year One, gaining new knowledge and skills, along with greater awareness of the design process. Your subjects are Design Communications, Typography, Graphic Design Production, Lens Based Media, Professional Practice and Critical & Contextual Studies. In project work, you learn visual identity, editorial, advertising and UX/UI design.

    YEAR 3 This year is essentially commercially biased, with hands-on project work in areas such as packaging, motion design, packaging and advertising strategies. You will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to work in a real graphic design environment. Subjects studied are: Design Communications, Typography, Graphic Design Production, Lens Based Media, Professional Practice and Critical & Contextual Studies.

    YEAR 4 Our emphasis in the final year is to instill a professional approach to studio work in preparation for industry. While you undertake set projects and international competitions throughout, this year is largely self-initiated and finishes with your graduate exhibition. Subjects in this year are: Design Communications, Typography, Graphic Design Production, Lens Based Media, Professional Practice and Critical & Contextual Studies.

    Want More?

    See work from our course and some of our recent graduates: www.lsadgraphicdesign.ie


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