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Art Portfolio – Art, Graphics And Printmaking (Visual Communications) Level 5

Course Code AGP

NFQ Level 5

Duration 1 Year

QQI Code 5M1995

Award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Graphic Design

Student's Work

This 1-year portfolio course covers drawing, painting, printmaking, figure studies, photography & computer graphic design for a broad portfolio.

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This course enables students to create a portfolio that is both dynamic and skills based. It covers a wide range of traditional skills such as black and white photography and painting, plus it has the added advantage of giving the student industry level computer skills in graphic design, such as Photoshop and InDesign, perfect if you want to pursue a career in Visual Communications. Throughout the year various artists and designers visit the college to talk and guide students. A highlight of the course is a trip to Paris to view contemporary and historical art in galleries and museums..

Course Content

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

Entry Requirements

  • Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or a relevant QQI level 4 Certificate and successful completion of Interview. 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 a portfolio of original artwork completed within the past year demonstrating drawing skills and interests. This original portfolio should contain:

  • 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.


Students' Work

Student's Work
This portfolio course covers drawing, painting, print making, figure studies, digital photography and computer graphic design for a broad portfolio.
Apply, Register & Pay Fees