Ballyfermot College of Further Education BCFE

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Art Portfolio – Art, Design & Three Dimensional Studies Level 5

Course Code ADT

NFQ Level 5

Duration 1 Year

QQI Code 5M1985

Award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Art

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A 1-year portfolio course emphasising three-dimensional work and including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and design.

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This one-year portfolio course places a strong emphasis on Design, such as Costume Design, Product Design, Model Making, Props, Design for Stage and Screen, Design for Street Theatre, Craft Design and Fashion and Set Design. You will be taught the necessary skills to research all ideas visually, through drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and design. Assignment work is purposely broad enough to allow you to build up a portfolio suitable for your area of particular interest, whether it is fine art or design.

Course Content

  • Drawing
  • Figure Studies
  • Image Processing
  • Painting
  • Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design
  • Communications
  • Fine Art and Graphics Photo Imaging
  • Sculpture
  • Spatial Design
  • Work Experience

Entry Requirements

  • Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP including English 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

Applicants should bring to interview a selection of art pieces of recent observational drawings and paintings in a range of media (pencil, charcoal, pastel and paint). Applicants should also include photographs of any 3D they have made. Sketchbooks or notebooks can be included.


  • Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma courses in BCFE, such as:
  • Graduates of this course may also apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to higher and advanced certificate and degree programmes at national Institutes of Technology, Technological Universities, Universities and Art Colleges such as NCAD, LSAD, DIT and IADT, (applicants should confirm linked awards and eligibility requirements with the relevant Higher Education Institution)
  • ADT Portfolios are suitable for all applications to HND and BA degree courses in the areas of Stage and Screen, Model making, Fine Art, Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, Design, Fashion Design, Photography, and Display and Character Design for Stage and Screen.
  • ADT students currently progress to all national third level Art Design Colleges, NCAD, DIT, IADT, LSAD, and also to international colleges in London, Edinburgh and Holland.

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What the Professionals Say

The ADT art program is a great first step if you are considering working in the areas of stage and screen. Skills learnt here can be used in prop making, makeup artistry, costume or a half dozen other disciplines. This is not your typical portfolio course.
Ed Rourke, Professional Prop Maker with Game of Thrones
Ed Rourke has been a visiting lecturer on the ADT course for a number of years. Ed works as a professional prop maker, sculptor and puppet maker in film, television, theatre and street theatre. He has worked on Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful and Into the Badlands to name a few, and most recently on Apple TV’s “Foundation” which is due to air in 2021.

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