Design Principles for Business

Increasingly, business is recognising the value that design adds to enterprise and are seeking to employ workers with an awareness of business design.

Learners on this course will be equipped with the skills, tools and knowledge to understand the links between creativity, business and design. Students will learn how to solve problems creatively in any business setting through the development of core skills such as creative and critical thinking. This course will equip students with a methodology to put design thinking into action in business.

  • QQI Certificate in Design (5M2208) – NFQ Level 5
  • Certification Awarding Body: QQI
  • Award Title: Certificate in Design
  • Award Code: 5M2208
  • Level: 5 – Further Education & Training

Please note the above course descriptor is subject to change.

A minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.


Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 qualifications.

The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be
considered as being equivalent to the Leaving Certificate.

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

  • Design Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Drawing
  • Business Administration Skills
  • Marketing Practice
  • Web Authoring
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Work Experience

Disclaimer: The college  reserves the right to make any alterations to any programme as might be required. Where there is insufficient enrolment a course may be cancelled.

For information on all relevant higher education links visit , and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions. Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit

Full-time Courses:

  • TU Dublin – BSc Product Design- TU 811
  • TU Dublin – BSc Design, Technology and Innovation – TU812 (require LCE Maths)
  • NCI – BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems – NC004
  • NCI – BA (Hons) Business Studies – NC009
  • IADT Dun Laoghaire – BBus Business Management- DL823
  • IADT Dun Laoghaire – Business- Applied Entrepreneurship – DL701
  • IADT Dun Laoghaire – Creative Computing- DL836 (require LCE Maths)
  • DCU- BSc in Multimedia – DC133
  • South East Technology University (SETU) – Ballsbridge College has a progression agreement with SETU linking this course’s QQI award (5M2208) to a range of WIT degrees. Please see

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