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Art. Craft & Design

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Course overview

Course Code 5M1984 CI061AD
QQI Award Code 5M1984 Art, Craft and Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed for students interested in building a portfolio in different areas of art, craft and design. It is of interest both to students who wish to pursue a career or progress to further study in this area. The programme covers a variety of disciplines, as listed below. Practical studio-based assignments that emphasise problem solving and critical thinking form the basis of class work. Individual studio space allows for development of creativity and challenges the student to become more inventive and confident in their strategic thinking. Visiting artist workshops are organised to encourage an understanding of contemporary artistic practices and thinking. Students are given the opportunity to visit a number of exhibitions and art galleries throughout the academic year. An end of year show allows students to display work they have created in the course of the year.

What will you Study?

This course is designed for students interested in building a portfolio in different areas of art, craft and design. It is of interest both to students who wish to pursue a career or progress to further study in this area. Practical studio-based assignments that emphasise problem solving and critical thinking form the basis of class work. Individual studio space allows for development of creativity and challenges the student to become more inventive and confident in their strategic thinking. Students are given the opportunity to visit a number of exhibitions and art galleries throughout the academic year. 

Ceramics 5N0759
Design Skills 5N0784
Drawing 5N1862
Image Processing 5N1292
Painting 5N1302
Printmaking 5N1373
Sculpture 5N1918
The Internet 5N1611
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
AACDX 5M1984

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Further Research

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Advertising Art Director   Photographic Technician / Processing Assistant  
Sculptor   Photographer  
Potter / Ceramicist   Costume Designer  
Illustrator - Technical / Medical   Architect - Conservation  
Craft Designer   Industrial Designer  
Ceramics Designer   Arts Administrator  
Digital Media Designer   Artist  
Screen Printer   Illustrator  
Textile Designer   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Typographer   CAD Technician  
Camera Operator   Furniture Designer / Maker  
Creative Director   Dressmaker  
Fashion Designer   Film / Video Editor  
Taxidermist   Architect  
Graphic Designer   Animator  
Packaging Designer   Interior Architect / Designer  
Ceramics Technologist   Textile Machinery Technician  
Textile Dyeing Technician   Textile & Fabric Operative  
Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery   French Polisher  
Shoe Repairer / Cobbler   Metal Engraver  
Musical Instrument Technician   Glassmaker  
Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith   Metal Fabricator  
Modelmaker   Draughtsperson  
Printer   Toolmaker  
Upholsterer   Woodturner / Woodmachinist  
Cabinet Maker   Bookbinder (Craft)  
Ergonomist   Instrument Craftsperson  
Teacher - Art and Design    Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Carpenter / Joiner   Production Designer - TV/Film  
Cartoonist   Theatre / Television Designer  
Milliner   Tattoo Artist  
Designer / Maker - Craft   Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson  
Blacksmith   Horologist  
Locksmith   Visual Merchandiser / Window Dresser  
Transport Design Engineer   Boat Builder  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.