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Art, Design & Mixed Media

Course Code: ADM

Duration: 1 Year


This course involves studio and location work. It enables students to develop drawing and observational skills and to explore creativity and personal expression through a broad range of creative processes including Sculpture, Mixed Media, Printmaking, and Fine Art based Photography. All projects are broad enough to allow students to develop a portfolio suitable to their particular interests – Fine Art, Design, Photography etc.

A one art week educational trip outside of Ireland takes place in the second term to inform, develop and stimulate the students’ knowledge of the arts. Work experience takes place in the first term. It involves one week location drawing, a visiting artist’s talk and workshop, and one week in studio 3D work. In the final term students can choose to engage with a community linked art project, making artworks in response to the local community.


  • Appreciation of Art
  • Craft and Design
  • Combined Materials
  • Communications
  • Drawing
  • Figure Studies
  • Painting
  • Fine Art and Graphics Photo Imaging
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Work Experience


View past students’ work.


Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. Art Portfolio (See guidelines). The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Art 5M1985


Applicants should bring to interview a selection of 12 to 18 pieces of recent observational studies. The work should include both quick sketches and detailed drawings which demonstrate the ability to deal with line, tone, texture, colour and form using a variety of media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, pastel, oil, paint). Sketchbooks or notebooks can be included in the portfolio submission.


Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma courses in Art and Graphic Design in BCFE.