Art, Craft & Design Portfolio Preparation

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Art 5M1985

This Art, Craft & Design course is designed to help learners develop their skills in drawing, painting, 3D studies and life drawing.  You will work with a variety of media and materials including monoprint, pastels, charcoal and more to prepare a  high-quality portfolio, while completing a QQI Level 5 Award in Art with the potential to gain a maximum of 390 CAO points for entry into third level institutions. By doing this course, you will be better prepared for degree programmes and able to make informed decisions regarding college and course choices. It will give you confidence in your ability to succeed in a higher educational environment.

Employment Opportunities

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

Course content

  • Figure Studies
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Combined Materials
  • Graphic Design
  • Combined materials
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Course features and facilities

  • Continuous assessment throughout the course
  • Project-based activities
  • Outings to Galleries & Exhibitions

Course Facilities

  • Spacious, well-equipped studios for the study of drawing, painting, photography, printing, computer graphics, 3D studies and mixed media
  • Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library

Entry requirements

  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent, LCA or relevant experience
  • Interview – applicants must bring a selection of their best work to include drawing from observation, 3D work, craft work, sketch books or notebooks
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry qualifications.

“I would recommend Art, Craft & Design at SCFE to anyone who wants to study a related subject at degree level. The variety of modules is a great asset to your portfolio. Although I did not have a Leaving Cert on entry, I achieved 400 CAO points with the full QQI award, which, in combination with my portfolio, enabled me to gain entry to NCAD. I completed an honours degree in Art & Design History & Visual Communication before going on to start my own design and illustration practice.”

Rosa Devine  

ART, CRAFT & DESIGN Portfolio Preparation

Education progression

Below are some examples of progression options with this QQI level 5 award in Art 5M1985
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 and Moving Image Design* Level 8 AD102
NCAD Textile & Surface Design and 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
TU South Animation and Illustration* Level 8 AL861
TU South Graphic Design# Level 8 AL763
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