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Art & Design Portfolio Preparation

QQI Level 5 Major award (5M1985)


This intensive portfolio course will develop learners’ talents in a wide range of visual and artistic skills. This portfolio will allow them to proceed to further study at third level. Learners will participate in local cultural festivals. Past graduates have been commended for theirartistic contributions.

This course also gives learners over the age of 18 the opportunity to be selected for an Erasmus+ European mobility project (subject to funding), which enables them to spend three weeks on work placement in Italy.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate: Five passes at Ordinary Level, or
  • Leaving Certificate Applied, or
  • QQI/FETAC Level 4 award, or
  • Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
  • Samples of applicant’s work, and
  • Personal Interview

Principal Area of Study

Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Communications, Work Experience, Design Skills, Computer 3D Modelling, Animation and Printmaking.



Career Opportunities and Progression

Learners who complete this major QQI award at Level 5 are eligible to apply through the CAO system for entry into participating courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). A limited number of places are available and applicants are ranked according to results achieved in their QQI major award.


Past graduates have secured places in a range of art colleges, such as NCAD, DIT, IADT (Dún Laoghaire), and a variety of other colleges throughout the country. Graduates have also secured places at third-level institutions in the UK.


1 Year

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Student Work