• Code: KA
  • Certification QQI Level 6 Component Award in Art (6M4029)
  • Duration One Year


This course caters to those applying to third level colleges in order to pursue a career in Art, Craft and Design. It is an intensive year suited to those who are prepared to commit to high work levels in and out of institute hours and short deadlines. The course reinforces an independent work ethic and encourages learners to take initiative. Through a range of problem solving tasks, practical and conceptual approaches to creativity are fostered. Self-motivation and personal commitment are essential. Due to the ambitious nature of the course, the work ethos and range of skills developed will greatly benefit learners in further third level study. The aim of the course is to prepare a portfolio of the highest standard suitable for both Ireland and abroad.

Programme of Study
  • Drawing Skills
  • Painting
  • 3D Studies
  • Combined Materials
  • Design Skills
  • Life Drawing
  • Animation Skills

    Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 2 H5’s and 4 O6’s including subjects required by third level bodies.
  • Extenuating circumstances may be considered.

Places will be offered following successful interview. All applicants should bring a selection of their most recent, relevant work.

Career Opportunities
  • Designer (Textile, Fashion, Viscom Desginers)  
  • Fine Art (Painter, Sculptor, Printer)
  • Animator
  • Model Maker
  • Art Director/Educator
  • Multimedia
  • Production Design 
  • Product Designer
  • Design for Film & Theatre
Higher Education Progression*


  •  Animation (DL832)
  • 3D Animation (DL920)
  •  Visual Communications (DL826)
  •  Design for Film (DL845)
  • Art (DL827)


  •  First Year Art & Design (Core Year) (AD101)
  •  Graphic Design and Moving Image Design (AD103)
  •  Textile and Surface Design (AD105)
  •  Fine Art (AD204)
  • Fashion Design (AD211)
  • Illustration (AD217)
  • Education and Design/Fine Art (AD202)
  •  Product Design (AD212)

TU Dublin (Blanchardstown Campus):

  •  Visual Communication (DT545)
  •  Fine Art (DT546)

TUS Technological University of the Shannon (Limerick Campus):

  •  Art & Design (Core Year) (LC110)

Graduates may also transfer to leading third level Art & Design Institutes abroad such as Central St. Martins, Kingston, Goldsmiths and Chelsea Loughborough, The Hague, Gerrit Reitveld Academy, etc

*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

Annette Vella

Where are they now?

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

"I wanted to study fashion design so I attended the portfolio course in BIFE.1 Fiona O Neill At the end of the course I received an offer from one of the best institutions for fashion design in London, Central St. Martins. I graduated after my collection was selected for the BA Fashion Press show at CSM. I was awarded a L’Oreal Fashion prize at the show, which was announced and covered by Vogue and many other fashion publications. Since then I was invited to be part of an exhibition at Dutch Design Week and became a finalist in the H&M Design Awards. Undoubtedly, if I had not taken a place on this portfolio course and received Annette’s excellent mentoring, I would not be where I am today!" - Fiona O'Neill

"The skills and experience I gained from the Art Portfolio course have been invaluable to me. You are taught how to work independently, to develop your own ideas and styles and to use your initiative, these practical and conceptual methods I have carried on right through college and into my career. Had I not done the course and gotten the experience I did there, I may not be where I am today; Annette is a fantastic teacher and shows you how to get the best from yourself and your work. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants a successful career in art." - Lynda Owens


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