QQI Level 5 Art, Craft and Design – Code 5M1984
1 year Full-time


The Fine Art Practice & Design course is delivered using a mixture of practical demonstrations and hands-on activities which are designed to give students opportunities to make a wide range of unique craft, sculpture and fine art pieces. Practical skills such as ceramics, sculpture and fine art techniques are taught with an emphasis throughout on drawing and design, painting, drawing, light and colour. 

Entry Requirements          

  • Creativity and a strong interest in design, and learning about textile and craft skills are essential.
  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent is advised
  • Mature students are welcome to apply. Work/life experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Sculpture
  • Print Making
  • Batik
  • Combined Materials

Core Modules

  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Drawing
  • Design Skills
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Studio Practice

160 hours of studio practice is incorporated into the course.  Students will produce a range of crafts items and will also have the opportunity to put on a craft exhibition.

Employment opportunities

Students will be equipped with relevant work experience to pursue a range of career paths such as self-employed and freelance artists, commission work, designers and makers of craft objects.  For those focusing on business and industry they will work as design consultants in the retail area, buyers, and sales.


The Career Guidance Counsellor in the College is available to advise students on the various progression options to Higher Education. Progression is available to IT Colleges through Higher Education Links CAO scheme.   Examples include:

  • IADT, DL827 Art
  • NCAD –AD101-Art & Design (Portfolio)