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GC491
Art and Design

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in this level.

Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.

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This Art and Design foundation course introduces the learner to a broad range of areas in the discipline of Art & Design. It is a interdisciplinary programme of study over one academic year that encourages exploration and experiment with different art and design disciplines & media.

It is also to introduces the learner to a broad range of design disciplines before choosing their pathway in Interior Design/ Architecture, Fashion & Textiles, Graphic design & Illusration and Animation. It also allows students a pathway onto a level 8 award.

The key abilities which contribute to successful individual participation on the programme have been identified as: creativity in design; competence in communication in a variety of media; an ability to draw; technical understanding; and organisation. 

Candidates are expected to have a keen interest in: the cultural and social factors in design; creative expression and innovation; and to have a capacity for both independent work and teamwork. 

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Students who complete this course can progress onto year one of the BA (Hons) in Fashion Design, the BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture, BA (Hons) in Animation or the BA (Hons) in Design Communications.



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