Art, Craft and Design

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Course Description

This is a practical two-year course with a focus on students learning to design and produce craft pieces from a wide range of materials including textiles, wood, slate and glass. The course content includes painting , sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, fused glass, stained glass, textiles and woodcraft, with the recent introduction of jewellery-making, enameling, copper work and silver-smithing.   The focus is on teaching crafts skills that can be carried out and developed in a small craft workshop.  In the second year, students learn how to organize craft exhibitions as part of their work experience and attend workshops with a the Waterford City Enterprise Board.

Certification

  • QQI  Level 4 and Level 5 Record of Achievement
  • QQI National Vocational Certificate Level 5 Creative Craft (5M1981)

Subjects

  • Stained Glass/ Decorative Glass Design
  • Drawing
  • Design Skills
  • Ceramics
  • Soft Furnishings
  • Art Metal-craft
  • Wood Finishing
  • Combined Materials
  • Printmaking/Batik
  • Appreciation of Art Craft & Design
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Introduction to Computers

*Options are contingent on enrolments.

Progression:

Graduates have progressed to Diploma/Degree courses in the Institutes of Technology through the Higher Education Links Scheme for holders of QQI Level 5 Certification. Further details are available from the relevant institutions.

Career Prospects

This is an ideal course for graduates who wish to learn a variety of craft skills with a view to setting up a small craft business. It would also suit graduates who wish to work in retail or in retail related businesses.  Graduates also have the option of applying for QQI level 6 in Further Education Colleges or applying for third-level diploma or degree programmes in Art, Craft and Design.