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Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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Art - Advanced Art, Craft & Design

Course Code(s):  6M4029
QQI Award Code:  6M4029 Art
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This one year full-time programme is a follow-on from the Level 5 Art, Craft & Design Course. The aims of the course are to further the skills and techniques in all of the 5 craft media which were undertaken at Level 5 in Grennan Mill and to attain a high level of craftsmanship with a strong emphasis on design. This course is further complemented by a series of visiting lecturers on a broad range of art/craft related subjects, visits to exhibitions and field trips.

What will you Study?

Batik 6N3907
Creative Applications Ceramics 6N3445
Communications 6N1950
Design Skills 6N3446
Drawing 6N3569
Exhibition Techniques 6N3427
Silversmithing and Fabrication 6N4026
Printmaking 6N3568
Work Experience 6N1946
Woven Textiles 6N3910
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.

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Fine Art - Portfolio Preparation Ormonde College of Further Education 
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Art. Craft. Design Grennan College 
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Art with Animation Studies Ormonde College of Further Education 
Creative Media Duiske College 

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