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CR 600

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 600
  • Field of StudyDesign Communication,Graphic Design,Visual Communications
  • Type of CourseHonours Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing DatePlease note the CAO closing date is 1st February, late application will not be accepted.
  • Duration4 Years (8 semesters)
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 587 (A special points system operates for admission to CR 600. This involves aggregating the points scored for the Leaving Certificate and for the Portfolio. Points are awarded out of 600 using the normal CAO points system applied to six subjects. A further 600 points are available for the Portfolio, making a total of 1200 maximum. A minimum of 240 (40%) points must be obtained in the Portfolio Assessment in order for an applicant to be eligible for the course.)
Visual Communications, also known as Graphic Design encourages you to think creatively and produce new design ideas and concepts. From pitching a design brief to a client, to producing graphics, a new brand, layout for interface or illustration for a book, you will go on a journey to understand who you are as a designer.

What is Visual Communications?

Visual Communication is the art of problem-solving and communication through the use of type, space, and image. It presents the idea that a graphic message has the power to inform, educate, or persuade a person or audience. It can be presented as a still image, or motion graphics, including sound and in some cases interactive media.

 

About the Course

CR600 Course Location: Please note that the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design (CCAD) Department of Media Communication manages the BA (Honours) in Visual Communications and is located at the CIT Bishopstown Campus.

 

Visual Communications, also known as Graphic Design encourages you to think creatively and produce new design ideas and concepts. From pitching a design brief to a client, to producing graphics, a new brand, layout for interface or illustration for a book, you will go on a journey to understand who you are as a designer.

 

You will be introduced to the most up-to-date design and media industry software and hardware. The course will also support the development of critical awareness to assist you in your academic studies. You will be given the opportunity to develop your presentation skills and learn to create innovative approaches to solve design problems. You will produce artwork for print, interface design, motion graphics, illustration, photography, typography, packaging, branding, advertising campaigns and much more!

 

Further Studies

For details, see www.cit.ie/ccad

 

Suitably qualified graduates eligible are to apply for postgraduate programmes:

 

Question Time

How much Art is involved in this course?
A portfolio is a requirement for entry to the course so drawing skills are required. In first year the students are assisted with modules in creative image-making to encourage drawing and mark making skills.

 

What is the difference between Visual Communications and Creative Digital Media?
Visual Communications is a graphic design course that focuses on creative design for the printed and electronic media.

 

Creative Digital Media investigates a broader design spectrum and focuses on areas such as computer programming, digital technology, media & culture, motion graphics: virtual reality, film, animation, business as well as design studies.

Graduate Profile

 

Paul Gately
Graphic Designer

 

“Throughout the Visual Communications course, I was encouraged to explore my creativity, to push the boundaries, visualise my ideas, rationalise, and present them, all of which are essential skills to have as a designer. After graduating from the Visual Communications programme, I worked for a number of top Irish design companies. I now own my own company Motif Design.”

 

Paul Delaney
Graphic Designer

 

Paul Delaney graduated with a first class honours in Visual Communications from CIT Crawford College of Art & Design in 2006. Paul is a Creative Director of a branding agency he established called Visible Inc. He assists businesses to develop their brand through the implementation of professional visual communication strategies across a range of print and web platforms.

 

Paul’s graphic artworks have been exhibited and sold throughout Ireland and the UK in both group and solo Exhibitions. In 2015 Paul launched a home furnishing collection from his illustrations and he has designed a number of picture books.

Paul’s advice

  • Use your time wisely on the course, and learn from the experience and advice of the staff, to help you pursue, explore and develop your individual passions. This is what will help you to stand out from the crowd when you graduate while also clarifying the direction you want to go with your design skills.
  • “I loved every minute of my time on the BA (hons) in Visual Communications. I now work in my dream job, all thanks to the advice, support and encouragement I received while studying at CIT CCAD”.

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points

  • meet the minimum entry requirements and

  • present a portfolio of work for review

Minimum Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate examination in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include English or Irish.There is no specific Mathematics requirement. Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects.

 

Portfolio
When you apply for the programme, you will receive a letter from CIT CCAD outlining the specific date and times when you will be required to submit your portfolio.
 

 

Portfolio Requirements >>

 

Please note the CAO closing date is 1st February, late application will not be accepted.

The course will equip you to work in the exciting world of design. There are jobs in graphic design, advertising and creative digital media in which you can be employed. After graduating you have the opportunity to start up your own business. Visual Communications graduates can also go on to further studies to Master’s degree level and PhD.

 

The main areas of employment are:

  • Graphic Design

  • Advertising

  • Branding

  • Illustrator

  • Photographer

  • Web Designer

  • Motion Graphics

  • Creative Director

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments, and exams.

 

For detailed module information, please click BA (Honours) in Visual Communications

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