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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Design

A four-year (Level 8) honours degree course for those interested in developing a career in design. Includes specialist pathways in graphic design & illustration, animation & game design, industrial design and fashion & textile design.

Discipline: Art and Design

Programme Code: 


Location: Galway – Cluain Mhuire

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 30

CAO Round 1 Points: 300 (2020)

Why Study?

Career opportunities in Design are growing both nationally and internationally. The BA (Hons) 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 which may include the following specific design areas:

  • Animation & Game Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Graphic Design & Illustration
  • 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.

The course 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. 


Please note that there is no portfolio requirement for this course.



Programme Modules


For a full breakdown of modules per semester, and per specialisation, please download our graphic here (PDF file).

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


Year 4 - Common Modules

  • Project Management & Costing
  • Entrepreneurship & Professional Practice
  • Dissertation (Year Long)

Year 4 - Specialist Pathway Modules

  • Graphic Design & Illustration 4&5
  • Animation Studies 4&5
  • Game Design 4&5
  • Product Design Processes 2
  • Industrial Design 4&5
  • Garment Construction
  • Fashion Textile Research & Development
  • Textile Fabrication
  • Fashion Directions 

Career Opportunities

Graduates are on pathways to become:

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

Animation & Game Designers may 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 Designers may 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 & Illustrators may also specialise further as;

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

Fashion & Textile Designers may also specialise further as;

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

Post-graduate Studies: 

Graduates are eligible to apply for the MA in Creative Practice in CCAM.

Graduates are also eligible to apply for Masters Degree Level 9 studies in any of the above or related design areas, nationally or internationally, in other institutions. 

Essential Information: 

Essential Information: 

Mature/FETAC Applicants See Apply to GMIT for information on how to apply. 

See Mature Students for information on mature entry.


The Studio Materials Fee is a student contribution towards the overall cost of materials used by students in the studio and workshops at CCAM. Typical first year contribution is €100. The fee in following years depends on the pathway undertaken by the student. Studio Materials Fee must be paid on registration in September. 

Further costs for additional and specialist materials will be incurred. Students will be briefed by lecturing staff at the beginning of all modules/projects on the wide range of specialist practice materials available to them. A list of required and recommended materials and equipment will be distributed by the lecturer for each module. Students engaged in individual projects are required to supply their own materials or meet the costs of additional materials and equipment not supplied by CCAM, which may vary depending on the pathway and year of study. An annual budget of up to €1000 is advised to cover materials and equipment. Field trips (not compulsory) may also incur some costs. 

Materials fees are not covered by Granting Authorities. Material Fees are not applicable to Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students. 


There is no portfolio or alternative assessment required for entry to the course. 

For details on entry requirements please see, 

* Admission to GMIT - CAO Application 

Honours Bachelor Degrees (Level 8) - The general minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement is a pass (grade D3 or better) in six Leaving Certificate subjects including English or Irish and Mathematics. Two of the six Leaving Certificate subjects must be passed in higher level papers at Grade C3 or higher. 

A pass in any FETAC Major award at Level 5 or 6 with three Distinctions will also meet the minimum entry requirements. 

For details on International Application 

Choosing a Pathway 

Students will choose a pathway after first year. During the first year lecturers will assist and advise students to help them chose the pathway most suited to them. Every effort will be made to ensure that students can follow their pathway of choice. If student demand for a particular pathway is too high, or too low, (based on the feasible class group size) places will be allocated based on first year performance. An alternative pathway will always be available if a student first choice is unavailable.

For information on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) please click here


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