QQI Level 6

Full-time (09.30 - 16.30, Mon. - Fri.)

Places: 20

Start Date: 09/09/2019   

Finish Date: 29/05/2020

Registration Fee: €300

Interview Required


This one year, full-time course teaches students to engage with the world differently through practical hands on exercises and critical thinking. This approach allows students to produce portfolios that are thoughtful as well as being of a very high quality.

Alongside the practical modules of drawing, painting, sculpture, print making and combined materials, an awareness of current art practice, critical writing and reflection, problem solving and creativity is supported through lectures, artists visits and gallery visits.

Through this combination of modules and personal projects, students are encouraged to become independent creative thinkers and makers. 


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Student Work

Award Details

Title: Art

Code: 6M4029

Level: 6

Type: Major

6N3452 Painting

6N3569 Drawing

6N3568 Printmaking

6N3570 Sculpture

5N0764 Combined Materials

6N3427 Exhibition Techniques

6N1950 Communications

6N1946 Work Experience


From this course, students are eligible to apply to 1st Year AND/OR 2nd Year of Level 7 and Level 8 degree courses. Below are our students most popular direct/advanced entry progression routes into 2nd Year.

Course Details

This newly updated course provides a platform from which students can prepare high quality portfolios for entry into art and design degree programmes as well as gain confidence in developing ideas, critical thinking and creative problem solving, thus acquiring life skills that transcend the world of art and can be applied to areas such as business, technology and education.

On this course, reflective, critical and creative thinking are taught through the process of making. Through modules such as drawing and painting, tutors will teach students to see the world differently while utilising sculpture to teach students to engage with the world in new ways. The world we live in is surrounded by examples where creative, critical and independent thinking are prevalent. Artists and designers have for many years excelled in these areas because of the education that they received, demonstrating that a creative education plays an essential role in preparing individuals to make a significant difference in world we live in.

An image used by the tech giant apple during an induction for new engineers and designers. This image is used to demonstrate simplification, by comparing the development of the apple mouse and the "bull" drawings of picasso.

An image used by the tech giant apple during an induction for new engineers and designers. This image is used to demonstrate simplification, by comparing the development of the apple mouse and the "bull" drawings of picasso.

Students work in practical modules of drawing, painting, print, sculpture and combined materials. These modules last three to four weeks and are skills based modules where students are encouraged to investigate, experiment and explore.

Alongside practical work students are encouraged to engage in critical reflection and debate on their work and the work of other artists both historical and contemporary.

After completion of the practical modules the students develop work along an individual path, supported by tutorials, critical reflection and visiting artists.

The course provides student centered learning, focusing on the  practical needs of the individual student as they move through the year. For example we offer work shadowing at second level for students interested in art education. We offer studio visits for students interested in sculpture, painting and print. 

Learning how to look, question, think and engage in independent learning, are skills that make this course an attractive option for students interested in learning about  the creative process. 

From this newly updated course, students can apply directly to the first year of a degree programme in:

Fine Art, 
Fashion Design, 
Design for Stage and Screen
Visual Communications, 
Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics, Glass , Textiles) 
Art and Design Education


Make an application for direct entry to eligible Second year Degree courses. We successfully place students from this course every year into first and second year in colleges including:

National College of Art & Design
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology
Crawford College of Art & Design
Limerick School of Art
Glasgow School of Art

Entry Requirements

Applications to the Advanced Portfolio Preparation can be made by applicants who have completed a Leaving Certificate and/or a FETAC level 5 programme. 

Each applicant is expected to present a small portfolio showing examples of their original recent artwork at an interview. This interview is very informal and is designed to give the tutors an opportunity to determine whether this course is suitable for you. Please note that unsuccessful applicants will automatically be offered a place on our FETAC Level 5 Portfolio Preparation course.

Preferred academic requirements – In addition to the portfolio, it is preferred that applicants would have a minimum of a pass (Grade D3 or higher) in five ordinary level subjects and two honors (C3 or higher) in higher level subjects in the Leaving Certificate and/or a minimum of three distinctions from an art related FETAC Level 5 Certificate. Mature applicants (i.e. applicants over the age of 23) do not need to fulfil the academic requirements outlined above. However, mature applicants will need to present a portfolio for assessment and attend the interview.

Applicants are also welcome to call to the school to discuss any concerns they might have.