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Art, Graphics & Printmaking – Visual Communications

Course Code: AGP

Duration: 1 Year


This course enables students to create and produce an interesting and dynamic portfolio of work. It offers students a balance between traditional methods of art making such as drawing, painting, print making, figures studies, alongside digital photography and computer graphic design, resulting in an integrated portfolio. A one week field trip takes place in the first term to stimulate the students’ research work. Throughout the year various artists and designer visit the college to talk and guide students. Many graduates progress on to NCAD, DIT, IADT and further afield.


  • Design Skills
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design Skills
  • Printmaking
  • Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design
  • Communications,
  • Drawing
  • Figure Studies
  • Painting
  • Traditional Black and White Photography
  • Work Experience


View past students’ work.


Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum H5 in Art and one other H5/O1 and 4 O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Graphic Design 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.