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Bachelor of Arts in Design

School of Design and Creative Arts
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2021

September 2022

September 2023

Program description

Bachelor of Arts in Design

A three-year course for people seeking careers in design. Includes specialist pathways in graphic design & illustration, animation & game design, industrial design or fashion & textile design.

Career opportunities in Design are growing both nationally and internationally. The BA in Design is an exciting course emphasising both traditional and modern-day skills.

The course begins with a foundation year, followed a choice of creative pathways focused on one of the following specific design areas:

  1. Animation & Game Design
  2. Industrial Design
  3. Graphic Design & Illustration
  4. Fashion & Textiles Design

The course places strong emphasis on Drawing and Visualisation, Design Thinking and Design Technology.

Other topics include Photography, Digital Media, Design History & Theory, Creative Problem Solving, Business & Entrepreneurial skills and an Ethical and Sustainable Design ethos.

Our course also features a five-month industry placement that links with industry partners nationally and internationally.

Employers value design graduates for their creative problem solving, good communication skills, IT literacy, flexibility, teamwork skills and visual presentation skills.

Admission requirements

The minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement for all Higher Certificates (Level 6) and ab initio Bachelor degrees (Level 7) is Grade O6/H7 or better in five Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics and English or Irish with a minimum of 160 points.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1 - Common Modules

  • Introduction to Art History
  • Learning & Innovation Skills
  • Drawing, Colour and 2D Skills
  • Digital Media & Photography
  • Design History & Theory 1
  • Studio Practice
  • Design & 3D Skills
  • Design Thinking& Principles 1

Year 2 - Common Modules

  • Drawing Skills 2
  • Digital Media for Design or Photography for Design
  • Design Thinking & Principles 2
  • Drawing & Visualisation 1
  • Design History & Theory 2
  • Computer Aided Design 1

Year 2 - Specialist Pathway Modules

  • Graphic Design & Illustration 1&2
  • 3D Modelling for Animation
  • Animation Studies 1&2
  • Game Design 1&2
  • Materials & Processes 1&2
  • Industrial Design 1&2
  • Pattern Drafting & Construction 1&2
  • Woven Textile Design & Practice
  • Fabric Print Design & Practice

Year 3- Common Modules

  • Drawing & Visualisation 2
  • Sustainable Design
  • Computer Aided Design 2
  • Professional Practice & Projects (Placement)

Year 3 - Specialist Pathway Modules

  • Graphic Design & Illustration 3
  • Digital Narrative
  • Animation Studies 3
  • Game Design 3
  • Product Design Processes 1
  • Industrial Design 3
  • Pattern Drafting & Construction 3
  • Accessory Design
  • Textiles for Fashion

Tuition fees

There are two main elements to Undergraduate Fees at GMIT:

  1. Student Contribution – all students are liable for the Student Contribution fee. The fee for the 2020/2021 Academic Year is €3,000.
  2. Tuition Fee – the government will pay the Tuition Fee for most first-time, full-time EU Undergraduates as part of the Free Fees Initiative. The tuition fee for Non-EU students is €6,950 per academic year.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Continuing studies

Graduates are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Arts in Design Level 8 in CCAM

Graduates are also eligible to apply for Honours Degree Level 8 studies in any of the above or related design areas, nationally or internationally, in other institutions.

Career opportunities

Graduates are on pathways to become:

  • Animation & Game Designers
  • Industrial Designers
  • Graphic & Illustration Designers
  • Fashion & Textile Designers

Animation & Game Designersmay also specialise further as:

  • Technical artists
  • Illustrators
  • Game artists
  • Multimedia artists
  • Character animators

Graduates may get employment in a variety of specialist positions such as:

  • Concept artists
  • Animators
  • Storyboard artists
  • Directors
  • VFX artists
  • Modellers
  • Riggers
  • Lighting artists in the animation, games and VFX sectors.

Industrial Designersmay also specialise further as:

  • Product Designers,
  • CAD specialists within design practices,
  • Three-dimensional designers.

Many industrial designers collaborate in design teams with other designers to develop products and cross over into diverse areas such as:

  • Theatre film and TV design
  • 3D computer design
  • Graphic design
  • Interior design

Graphic Designers & Illustratorsmay also specialise further as:

  • Stationary designer
  • Art director
  • User Experience design
  • Design for static/motion/product graphics
  • Design for TV & film.

Fashion & Textile Designersmay also specialise further as:

  • Surface Designer
  • Accessory Designer
  • Pattern cutter
  • Stylist
  • Costume Designer
  • Retail Merchandising

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GMIT School of Design and Creative Arts comprises of the following two departments: Centre for Creative Arts & Media National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design and Technology...

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Centre for Creative Arts & Media, Cluain Mhuire Campus
Monivea Road
H91DY9Y Galway

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