Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus


Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus


Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus


Portfolio (Art)

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Art, Craft & Design


Our Art, Craft & Design Portfolio Course is one of the longest established portfolio courses in the country. We offer a unique opportunity to try an exciting variety of subjects, along with the use of a huge range of art materials. The teachers’ enthusiasm for their subjects and their expertise is infectious.

Art, Craft and Design offers an easy transition from a classroom environment to that of an open studio and gives a great sense of what it’s like to be a practicing artist. Our students gain skills and knowledge that gives them the confidence to produce their best work. This combined with excellent facilities, and individual tutorials leads to the development of a strong and individual portfolio.

Our students forge great friendships that continue onto college. A high percentage of our graduates gain entry into their chosen art and design colleges in Ireland and the U.K. We are proud to say CSN art students go on to win prestigious national and international awards.


  • A small portfolio of work that shows your interests and ability in art or design. This should include some observational drawing. Work done for Leaving Certificate or art classes is perfect. Please photograph 3D or framed pieces.
  • All applicants should have achieved Leaving Certificate or equivalent standard.
  • Mature students without formal qualifications are most welcome to apply.
  • All applicants will be interviewed.


This is a one-year course but on successful completion of the year students may progress to Art 2, Design 2.


  • Student Services: €250
  • QQI exam fees: €50*
  • Facilities / Class Materials: €120
    Total: €420

Please note that only debit cards/visa/mastercard payments are acceptable for payment. The College cannot accept cash/cheque.

* Note: Students with medical cards are exempt from paying the QQI exam fee.


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Art, Craft and Design (5M1984) or Art (5M1985).


Students will be examined in 8 subject areas. The following subjects may be offered:

Portfolio Preparation

Drawing - 5N1862

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.

Design Skills - 5N0784

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.

Painting - 5N1302

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.

Ceramics - 5N0759

This subject introduces the student to core ceramic techniques; coiling, slab building, clay modelling etc. Students will also explore surface decorative techniques, glazing and kiln firing.

Sculpture - 5N1918

The sculpture student will be encouraged to explore 3D space through the design process and material manipulation to the finished piece. The student will use a wide range of materials.

Combined Materials - 5N0764

This subject introduces the student to a wide variety of materials and techniques suitable for use in textiles, sculpture and painting.

Printmaking - 5N1373

Students will explore their creativity through a range of exciting printmaking techniques such as dry-point, mono-print, relief-print and more.

Digital Photography - 5N1270

This area of study gives the student the basics in the use of digital SLR cameras and basic computer skills using Photoshop. Students will develop their own personal portfolio of work.

Graphic Design Skills - 5N1978

This subject covers the fundamentals of graphic design practice. The student will develop their ideas from the initial thumbnails through the design process to the finished work. Students will learn image manipulation using Photoshop and text layout using Illustrator.

Appreciation of Art, Craft & Design - 5N0755

This subject is designed to give insight into the working process of contemporary artists and designers. Through practical application and research, the student will apply this knowledge to the development of their own work.

Computer Illustrated Graphics - 5N1929

Communications - 5N0690

In this subject students begin to build their personal profile as an artist or designer, from compiling a CV to analysing and talking about their own work.

Personal and Professional Development - 5N1356

As part of the Personal and Professional Practice Module, our students get to participate in a programmed schedule of workshops. This is a practical introduction to the choice of careers that are possible for them. Students participate, ask questions, understand, and experience what is involved. They then have a greater understanding of a career path; get to meet professionals that are accessible in their community, and whom they might work with again in the future.


390 CAO points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.

For full details on progression opportunities see these links:

Excellent progressions opportunities including:

  • MTU Crawford BA (hons) Fine Art (CR220).
  • MTU Crawford BA (hons) Contemporary Applied Arts (ceramics, glass, textiles) (CR210).
  • MTU BA (hons) Visual Communications (CR112).
  • MTU BA (hons) Multimedia (CR112).
  • MTU Crawford level 8 special purpose award in Fine Art Textiles (CR_ATEXT_8 ).
  • TUS First year Art and Design (LC110).
  • TUS Creative Multimedia (LC517).
  • TUS Digital Animation Production (LC518).
  • TUS Fashion Knitwear and Textiles (LC111).
  • NCAD BA Textiles and Surface Design (AD101).
  • ATU BA Art and Design (GA270).
  • UK colleges.
  • Cork College of FET, Tramore Road Campus Art 2.
  • Cork College of FET, Tramore Road Campus Digital Media BTEC Higher National Diploma.

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.


In the past 5 years our graduates have gone on to practice and work in the following areas: art teaching, painting, sculpture, printing and also in ceramic design, photography, textiles, fashion design, graphic design, interior design, architecture, advertising multimedia, animation, film making, make-up for TV and film, Arts Business Management, art therapy. Graduates of this course work nationally and internationally.


Lara Quinn

Portfolio (Art)

Brian Moynihan

Portfolio (Art)


Deirdra Nolan & Jean Bradley, Course Directors
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Tel: (021) 2067 641