Note: Course shadowing as part of work experience is available for this course.
Art 1 offers an exciting introduction to professional art practice. It is suited to the mature student or to those who prefer supported learning without the pressures of CAO portfolio deadlines. Art and design projects will be delivered in a positive and creative environment. Students will learn to investigate experiment and create art with confidence and skill. Creative thinking and personal expression are key elements of the course. Students will produce a comprehensive portfolio of work through a series of workshops, classes and individual tutorials. This course can lead to study in Art 2.
QQI Level 5
Art, Craft & Design
This is a one year course but on successful completion students may progress to Level 6 courses such as Art 2.
Applications welcome from with those with an interest or experience in creativity. Leaving certificate or equivalent required and mature students with no formal qualification can apply. Places will be offered based on an interview. Bring a sample of art, design or craft work to the interview.
Students will be examined in a minimum of 8 subjects. The following subjects may be offered.
Drawing from observation is central to the course. Our students learn to observe and record from the world around them, thus developing creative thinking and concept building. Research through the use of sketchbook is also an important core element.
Painting is designed to develop the use and understanding of colour. We work one to one with the students to navigate the world of contemporary painting practice and help them to relate it to their own art process.
- Combined Materials
This subject introduces the student to a wide variety of materials and techniques suitable for use in textiles, sculpture and painting.
Students will explore their creativity through a range of exciting printmaking techniques such as dry-point, mono-print, relief-print and more.
- Design Skills
Students will begin to develop analytical and conceptual skills and will explore design ideas from the planning stage to execution, for both 2D and 3D outcomes.
Students will learn core ceramics techniques, coiling, slab building, clay modelling, glazing and wood firing.
In this subject students begin to build their personal profile as an artist, from compiling a CV to analysing and talking about their own work.
- Work Experience
This subject helps students to place themselves in a professional work environment. This gives them real experience in their chosen field.
Past students now work in art centres, community art projects, art collectives and design studios.
390 CAO Points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.
- CSN Art 2
- CSN Arts Business Management
- CIT Crawford BA (hons) Fine Art (CR220)
- CIT Crawford BA (hons) Contemporary Applied Arts (ceramics, glass, textiles) (CR210)
- CIT BA (hons) Multimedia (CR112)
- CIT Crawford level 8 special purpose award in Fine Art Textiles. (CR_ATEXT_8 )
- LIT First year Art and Design (LC110)
- LIT Creative Multimedia (LC517)
- NCAD BA Textiles and Surface Design (AD101)
- GMIT BA Art and Design (GA270)
- UK colleges
Students who wish to use the links to further studies will need to attain a certain level of achievement in their QQI award.
Our in-house gallery provides students with first -hand experience both in exhibiting and promoting their work to industry standard.
Group project will lead to an event such as an exhibition.
The LifeLong Learning Festival, Art Trail, Cork Printmakers, the Cork Opera House, St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, The Cork Textile Network, The Presentation Secondary School and the Cork City Libraries. Cork University Hospital Gallery.
This course is an introduction to professional art practice. Art and design projects will be delivered in a positive and creative environment. Students will learn to investigate experiment and create art with confidence and skill. Creative thinking and personal expression are key elements of the course. Learners will produce a comprehensive portfolio of work through a series of workshops, classes and individual tutorials. This course can lead to study in Art 2. Tracey O'Dwyer. Art 1
I have just completed QQ1 Level 5 in Art. Excellent facilities on offer. The staff are all very helpful and the teachers are extremely supportive. They live up to their motto "we are here to help". Claire Keating. Art 1