• Code: KB
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Award in Art, Craft & Design (5M1984)
  • Duration: One Year


This is a unique art course as it caters for those who are interested in art, craft and design. The college has extensively equipped specialist art and craft practice rooms: a ceramics workshop where a wide range of 3D ceramic skills and techniques can be explored and developed; a print studio which allows students to engage with a wide range of printing techniques; and an art studio where 2D work such as drawing, painting and design skills are practiced. By the end of the year students will have a collection of work compiled through a series of projects crossing over art, craft and design. Each student participates in the annual graduate exhibition. On completion of this course students can continue further in BIFE to the Higher National Diploma in Art Practice, or apply to other third level institutions.

Programme of Study
  • Drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Combined Materials
  • Painting
  • Appreciation of Art, Craft & Design
  • Design Skills
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Printmaking

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

​One of the following: 

  • Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/ H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied Award 
  • Full QQI Level 4
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview. Applicants must bring a portfolio/ collection of work to the interview.

Career Opportunities
  • Fine Art
  • Ceramic Design
  • Art Education
  • Arts Administration
  • Art Practice
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include: 


  • Fine Art Practice (BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma) Art Portfolio Preparation (KA)  


  • Graphic Design (DL826)
  • Art (DL827)
  • Photography and Visual Media (DL833)
  • Design for Film (DL845)

MTU Munster Technological University (Cork Campus):

  • Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics, Glass and Textiles) (MT820)
  • Visual Communications (MT823)

MTU Munster Technological University (Crawford College Campus):

  • Fine Art (MT821) 

MTU Munster Technological University (Tralee Campus):

  • Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design (MT711)
  • Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design (MT811)


  • Textile and Surface Design and Jewelleryand Objects (AD103)

TU Dublin (Grangegorman Campus):

  • Fine Art (TU974)
  • Interior Design (TU975)
  • Design - Visual Communication (TU973)

*Places are not guaranteed in these Institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator

Karen Ryan

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"I found this course having looked for a way to progress not having completed my Leaving Cert. It was the best decision I could have made, I learned so much from this course and had great experiences that really built my skills and helped my confidence as a person and an artist.Eabha Cleary

This course was great for me as I got the chance to try out art practices that I never had before such as print, ceramics and painting. Painting and  print  are my favourite things to do now, so I am thankful I got to learn with great tutors.

I am now in the Portfolio Preparation course in the college and will hopefully be progressing to a third level college next year." - Eabha Cleary 

"This course offered so much more than I expected. One of my ceramic pieces was selected for exhibition by Ceramics Ireland. I am currently participating on the Fine Art course at BIFE. I would highly recommend this course." - Magda Biedka

"I spent a wonderful year in Bife doing level 5 Art Craft and Design. Art is something I always wanted to pursue but never had the confidence to go into full time. As a more mature student with a little bit of time, it gave me the chance to go back to college and do something I have always wanted. It was also lovely to have a diverse range of ages; the mixture of young and mature students was mutually beneficial. They brought an energy to the class that we needed and I hope we brought support and were a calming influence on them. As a group, we got on really well and had such a laugh together supporting

and encouraging each other in our endeavours. The tutors were excellent, encouraging, very approachable and showed us different ways of looking at art and helping us push ourselves to see beyond the obvious and discover new ways of working with materials and concepts. The course content was varied and sometimes challenging but it was those challenging times that brought out our best work. This course helps prepares you for University, or just allows you to learn from highly qualified tutors and improve the skills you already have. I have since gone on to do Fine Art at BIFE and am loving it." - Molly Rocket

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