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Signwriting

Certificate in Design in Traditional Signwriting

Applications for September 2021 are no longer being accepted.

Discipline: Creative Arts and Media

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 6

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: There are no entry requirements for this Special Purpose Award

Credits: 10

Places: 16

Fee: 

The cost of this module is €540. 

An instalment plan is available on request. Please contact Learn@gmit.ie 

Programme Modules

This module is a practical introduction to the craft of traditional signwriting and hand-lettering, aimed at life-long learners.

It is designed to develop skills that are applicable in commercial and community contexts.

Learning Outcomes: 

On completion of this module, you will/should;

  1. Have the ability to design traditional painted signs, chalkboards and other hand-lettered projects.
  2. Have the technical competence to paint and write traditional signs, chalkboards and other hand-lettering projects.
  3. Be able to catalogue a body of work and demonstrate project documentation skills.
  4. Have a basic understanding of the essentials of design and lettering.
  5. Develop your professional working practices in the producton and presentation of sign and lettering projects.

Syllabus: 

You will learn about the following:

  1. Letters: development of the alphabet and typography; legibility; methods of drawing letters; weight, style and spacing.
  2. Drawing: geometrical drawing; preparing full-size drawings; heraldry.
  3. Colour: the colour wheel, the Munsell colour system; the British standard colour chart; colour and legibility.
  4. Coatings: composition; mediums, thinners, pigments, driers; handling and storage.
  5. Signwriting: tools, their use and care; the signwriting process; brush control and the mahlstick; writing signs on wood, render and glass.
  6. Chalkboard projects: setting out, chalks, soft pastels and wet-wipe markers.
  7. Costing sign, chalkboard and hand-lettering projects and presenting quotations, specifications and drawings.
  8. Presentation of sign and other hand-lettering projects, including on social media.

A complete list of materials and equipment required by the students for this module will be provided prior to the commencement of the course.

Essential Information: 

Start Date
September 2021

 

Entry Requirements to a Level 6 award

Minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement grade O6/H7 or higher in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics and English or Irish with a minimum of 160 points.

- OR a Pass in any QQI FET major award at level 5 or 6

- OR Mature applicants (age 23 on or before the 1st January) do not have to meet the Leaving Certificate entry requirements/points, but are considered on an individual basis (previous education, work experience and demonstration of ability and competence to undertake the programme).

 

Course Delivery

This course is delivered part-time with attendance required on campus on Saturdays. 

 

How to Apply

***Applications for September 2021 are no longer being accepted.***

If you have any queries on this please email Learn@gmit.ie 

 

Contact Us

For queries relating to the course, please contact 

Dr. John Mulloy, Programme Co-ordinator

Email: john.mulloy@gmit.ie 

 

For queries relating to applications/enrolments, please contact:

Department of Graduate Studies and Professional Development

Email: Learn@gmit.ie