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Fine Art - Painting Sculpture

Course Code(s):  6M4029
QQI Award Code:  6M4029 Art
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. John's Central College

St. John's Central College
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Course overview

Course Code 6M4029
QQI Award Code 6M4029 Art
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This well established course is designed to offer students the opportunity to extend their artistic potential mainly through painting, drawing and sculpture. Traditional and contemporary painting techniques and theories explored in a hands on way. Students are provided with their own personal studio space (as well as easels, paints, canvas etc.) and the support of daily tutorials from specialist staff. Students also work in alternative media and sculpture in a complementary way to their painting practice. Art appreciation classes deepen the students understanding of historical and current facets of the visual arts both locally and internationally. As part of the overall program we also focus on what our students do after the course be it individual guidance and support to prepare a portfolio for further studies or how they may go about setting themselves up in the art world in the future.

What will you Study?

Painting
Drawing
Mixed media
Appreciation of Art
Sculpture
Design
Communications
Work Experience
Portfolio Preparation Assistance
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