Art, Craft & Design Portfolio Preparation

Course/Programme Content

The main objective of this one year course is to give students the competitive edge in obtaining a third level college place through the production of a highly professional portfolio of work in Art, Craft and Design. Recent graduates have obtained places in many of the major colleges including NCAD, IADT, BCFE and GMIT.

  • Student testimonials

"I found Art and Design a great confidence builder. When I signed up and began the course I was eager to learn but not sure about going on to college. Careers Class was an invaluable opportunity to research further education options, Communications class built confidence, and the computers class built general competency. While only the student can know which direction they want to take, there is no shortage of support form every member of staff from the Head Tutor to the caretaker in helping you along once you know what direction you’d like to go. The course itself is well thought out and considered so that students are exposed to many drawing, design, sculpture and print techniques. You are encouraged to observe all the time and keep note of your ideas. These basic concepts of observing are what my college tutors are trying to teach us right now! This course became the ideal bridge for me to progress into third level. It required effort I didn't know I had, late nights and hard work but in a supportive environment like we had I can look back and say it was worth it and I loved the short year there." Mary Byrne / Visual Communications IADT

'Last year i completed the Art/Craft and Design Portfolio Preparation course in St. Conleth's Community College and I achieved 546 out of 600 in my portfolio from GMIT Galway. The high score reflects the high standard of the teachers and staff. The support and guidence provided was second to none.The course gave my the confidence to go on to college and is a great introduction to how 3rd level education system works.'Conor Lane (Local Artist)

Course Duration

This is a full time one year course (September-May, Monday- Friday with usual school holidays).

Entry Requirements

Leaving certificate/leaving certificate applied (merit level) or equivalent, all applicants will be required to attend a suitability interview. All successful applicants will be required to complete Garda Vetting forms.

Additional Information

This course is subject to approval by the Department of Education.

This course is limited to 24 places.

How To Apply

Complete an application form and return it to the college with the booking fee of €20.00

Additional cost of €200.00 for materials applies before commencement of the course.

Course Code:



FETAC Level 5

Modules Delivered

Computer Illustrated Graphics, Drawing, Painting,
Design Skills, Sculpture, Print-Making, Communications, Work experience

Career Prospects

Students who qualify in this area can pursue further study or/ and a career in:

Fine art, Art & Design, Graphic Design, Animation, Illustration, Photography, Film, Teaching, Industrial & Product Design, Fashion & textiles, Printmaking and Interior Design


QQI Level 5 – Certificate in Art, Craft & Design.

Higher Education

QQI graduates are eligible to apply to Institutes of Technology and Universities for follow-on courses.

Work Experience

All students are required to complete work experience (10 days) as part of this course.


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  • OR Contact 045 431417 school office

Please note that the application fee applies; this fee is to cover administration costs

Interviews will be held in April / May 2023
Applicants will be contacted in due course

Gavin Cowley course Co-ordinator,

Nov 27
TY Work Experience
Dec 05
3rd Year Parent /Guardian Teacher Meeting
Dec 08
School Closed
Dec 18
Transition Year Portfolio Interviews
Survey on possible school tour for the 2024/2025 school academic year.
Cherry Centre; visit from Newbridge Fire Rescue Service Visit on the 27/11/23
Station road, Newbrige, Co. Kildare.
045 431 417
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