Advanced Art & Design

QQI Level 6 Certificate in Art 6M4029

The overall aim of the Advanced Art & Design programme is to provide the student with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to work independently in a fine art/design context or to progress to higher education and training. This course is designed for those who want to develop a professional practice in the visual arts. It encourages creativity, increases skills and develops self-belief. By the end of the year students will have a collection of work complied through a series of projects which they will have the opportunity to showcase at the annual Art & Photography exhibition.

The course is suitable for:

  • Learners who have achieved a QQI level 5 Certificate in Art and would benefit from a second year to complete their portfolio preparation for entry to Institutes of Technology and Art Colleges.
  • Mature learners who have not achieved a formal qualification, but can demonstrate the levels of knowledge, skill and competence associated with QQI Level 5 Certificate in Art.
  • Artists who have achieved a degree or diploma in Art and have been unable to practice their work for some time. This course offers a safe, supportive, and creative environment to develop their practice and kick start their careers again.

Employment Opportunities

  • Art Workshop Instructor
  • Art Administrator
  • Gallery Assistant.
  • Practising Artist
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Studio Technician

Course content

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Figure studies
  • Illustration Techniques and Practice
  • Combined Materials
  • History and Appreciation of Art and Design
  • Work Experience
  • Team Leadership

Course features and facilities

  • Well-equipped studios
  • Visits to Galleries and Exhibitions
  • Visiting professional Artists
  • Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library
  • Wifi and Moodle

Entry requirements

  • Level 5 QQI award in Art or relevant experience
  • Interview-applicants must bring a selection of their best work to include drawing from observation, 3D work, craft work, photography and sketchbooks
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry qualifications

“I was a mature student in SCFE and achieved the QQI Level 6 award in Advanced Art. The encouragement and enthusiasm on the course helped me get a place in IADT, which I have deferred until next September as I am working in Signal Arts in Bray. I wanted to experience working in the area of Art before going on to college. Thanks again to everyone in SCFE.”
Olive Merry


Education progression

Below are some examples of progression options with this QQI level 6 award in Art 6M4029
IADT Art Level 8 DL827
IADT Graphic Design Level 8 DL826
IADT Arts Management Level 8 DL822

For a more detailed list of progression options please

For more progression options

IADT Animation# Level 8 DL832
IADT Design for Film# Level 8 DL845
NCAD Art and Design (Common Entry) Level 8 AD101
NCAD Fine Art* Level 8 AD204
NCAD Graphic Design &Moving Image Design* Level 8 AD102
NCAD Textile & Surface Design & Jewellery & Objects* Level 8 AD103
NCAD Education & Design or Fine Art (2nd Level Teaching)*G Level 8 AD202
NCAD Fashion Design* Level 8 AD211
TU Dublin City Centre Fine Art* Level 8 TU974
TU Dublin City Centre Design – Visual Communication* Level 8 TU973
TU Dublin City Centre Interior Design* Level 8 TU975
TU Dublin City Centre Creative Industries & Visual Culture Level 8 TU978
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Creative Digital Media Level 7 TU796
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Creative Digital Media Level 8 TU981
TU Dublin Tallaght Media Production & Digital Arts Level 8 TU982
Marino Institute of Education Education Studies G Level 8 CM010
South East TU Art* Level 8 CW038
South East TU Visual Communications and Design Level 7 CW047
South East TU Art* Level 7 CW057
South East TU Visual Communications and Design Level 8 CW088
South East TU Design (Visual Communications) Level 8 WD137
South East TU Visual Art Level 8 WD152
*Portfolio Assessment or Audition # Portfolio Assessment / Audition / Project Day G Garda Vetting Required

Course modules are reviewed annually and may be subject to change