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Art Portfolio – Art, Design & Mixed Media Level 5

Course Code ADM

NFQ Level 5

Duration 1 Year

QQI Code 5M1985

Award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Art

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Art Design and Mixed Media is a 1-year portfolio course in Fine Art and Design: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Print-making, Combined Materials, Photography

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This is a one-year art course producing portfolios of excellent individual artwork for entry to Art Colleges such as NCAD, TUD, IADT, LSAD, Crawford, UK, London, Edinburgh, EU, and elsewhere.

ADM involves in-studio and location work. Students develop skills, concepts and personal expression through a broad range of Fine Art practices such as, Drawing, Sculpture, Painting, Combined Materials, Printmaking, Figure Studies and Fine Art Darkroom and Digital Photography.

Projects are broad, and support individual interpretation suitable to students’ personal creative interests such as Fine Art, Design, Fashion, Illustration etc.

Work Experience in the first term is a 3-week open Studio Block of Art-making across Sculpture, Combined Materials, Drawing, Painting, Photography and Print, producing a range of excellent integrated work.

A week long Art Educational trip outside of Ireland to galleries in Paris/London, takes place in the second term to inform student knowledge of the broader Art world.

Course Content

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

Entry Requirements

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

Portfolio Guidelines

Students applying for Art and Design courses should bring to the interview an original portfolio your best work completed within the past year. The portfolio should contain:

  • 12 to 15 pieces of recent work and observational studies. Work should be based on what excites you, and can include a range of media, e.g. pencil, charcoal, pastel, oil, paint.
  • Work that is sewn, sculpted, photographed, observed and drawn, including quick sketches and detailed drawings which demonstrate the ability to deal with line, tone, texture, colour, surface and form. Include sketchbooks and notebook.
  • Be brave! Enjoy showing us your ideas and creative process!


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