Bachelor of Arts in Creative Design

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code SG232
  • Duration 3
  • Points Required 207*
  • NFQ Level 7

Course Summary

Everything around us has been designed by someone. Some things are designed and work better than others. Innovative design solutions are fundamental to economic growth, social development and prosperity across all sectors in the modern world, irrespective of where you live.

This course educates people like you, future creative designers, enabling you to to become proficient in a range of analytical, technical, R&D, social and applied design skills. When you complete this course you will already be an experienced and professional designer, ready and confident to take on the challenges of the design world. Working on real-world design projects for real-world clients is a central element of this course.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

Mathematics is not required for this course.

Career Opportunities

Design’s adaptability in continuously evolving environments is what makes its practices relevant in times of change. It has never been more valued as an economic force, nor has it been as culturally influential as it is now. For recent graduates, these course(s) has provided a competitive edge for entering the workplace. The skills learnt on the course are applicable to product/service ideation, development or improvement, or for startups and R&D teams who may be developing new and innovative offerings.Startup companies increasingly recognise the value of including designers in the early stages of business development and more and more companies now have their own design teams, and include “design” in their portfolios.

Examples of recent vacancies advertised by leading companies in this field include:

•Visual Designer,

•Human-centered Designer,

•Environmental Designer,

•Creative Designer,

•Design Consultant,

•Design Researcher,

•Service & Interaction Designer – UI/UX Designer,

•Designer for Social Impact.

Did you know?

This course is for you if you are a creative problem-solver and interested in becoming a designer. The world we live in needs good designers. The programme provides you with the opportunity to shape the world you live in. Everything you use in everyday life has been creatively designed by someone. From the toothbrush you use first thing in the morning, the shoes and clothes you wear, the phones, cars and computers you use, the services you enjoy, to the bed you sleep in last thing at night.

During this exciting and challenging course you are given an in-depth education in creative design, and from day one given real opportunities to work with companies and other outside bodies to develop essential innovative and technical skills.


Course Format

Semester 1

Product Design 1 (Introduction of Core Skills)05
CAD for Design 1 (Introduction)05
Digital Media for Design 1 (Foundation skills)05
Visual and Material Culture 1 (Introduction & Historical Survey)05
Professional Practice 1 (Core Communication Skills)05
Visual Literacy05

Semester 2

CAD for Design 2 (Intermediate Geometry)05
Digital Media for Design 2 (Applied Digital Projects)05
Visual and Material Culture 2 (Frameworks of Modernity)05
Product Design 2 (Application of Core skills)10
Design Applied - Material and Processes05

Semester 3

CAD for Design 3 (Advanced 3D Part)05
Digital Media for Design 3 (Digital rendering)05
Product Design 3 (User Centered Design)10
Marketing for Designers05
Visual and Material Culture 3: (The Contemporary World)05

Semester 4

Product Design 4 (Designer and Client)10
CAD for Design 4 (Assembly)05
Visual and Material Culture 4 ( Design for Social Impact)05
Digital Media for Design 4 (Vector graphics)05
Digital Lens Based Media 4 - Intro to Video Production05

Semester 5

Creative Interdisciplinary Practice I05
Product Design 5 (Industry/Competition Project)10
CAD for Design 5 (Surface Modeling)05
Digital Media for Design 5 (3D modeling)05
Professional Practice 5 (Business Planning)05

Semester 6

Product Design 6 (Portfolio of Experience) [E]20
Legal Issues for Creative Industries [E]05
Design in Context 1 (Research Methodologies) [E]05
Work Placement (Elective) [E]25
Erasmus Experience (Design) [E]30

[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.