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Art & Design - Portfolio Preparation

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Course overview

Course Code 5M1984
QQI Award Code 5M1984 Art, Craft and Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a one-year foundation course in Art and Design. There is a strong emphasis on art practice and portfolio preparation. Students work in a range of media focusing on the completion of work to the standard required for entry to Art and Design courses in Third-Level colleges in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the U.K.

What will you Study?

Portfolio Preparation
Drawing 5N1862
Design Skills
Painting 5N1302
Combined Materials 5N0764
Communications 5N0690
Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design
Work Experience 5N1356
Ceramics 5N0759
Sculpture 5N1918
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
AACDX 5M1984

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