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First Year Art & Design
  • Programme Code:
    Course Level:
    Level 8
    Art & Design
    CAO Points:
    #734 (Round 1)

    # Portfolio required
    ​1 Year, plus 3 years for BA (Honours) Degree.
    Limerick (Clare St)

    What is the programme about?

    The Year One Art and Design (Common Entry) programme introduces you to the most current issues in Art and Design. We help you discover the discipline to which you are best suited through practical studio projects supervised by our team of practicing artists and designers.  Over two semesters (23 class hours per week), you will be provided with the necessary skills, vocabulary and contextual knowledge allowing you to progress to the second year of our exciting range of Honours Degree programmes. Year One is the gateway to the following programmes that encourage you to become articulate, informed, expressive and capable of making a significant contribution in your creative field.    

    Animation and Motion Design.  Here traditional art and design skills such as drawing and illustration are brought together and combined with with the latest in digital methodologies. http://www.lit.ie/Courses/A8117

    Ceramics. Experience the full breadth of ceramic processes solving creative problems with an awareness of design skills, context and responsibility. http://www.lit.ie/Courses/ceramics

    Fashion. Recognised as one of the top 100 Fashion programmes worldwide. http://www.lit.ie/Courses/Fashion

    Fashion and textiles for Product and Costume.  Explore areas specific to fashion knitwear design and production within the clothing sector. Experience knitted textile design for areas that include accessories for fashion, interiors and fine art textiles. http://www.lit.ie/Courses/LC114

    Graphic Design Communication.  Study for a career as a professional graphic designer while training in advertising, typography, packaging, corporate design, screen graphics, multimedia and e-learning. http://www.lit.ie/Courses/VisComm

    Painting.  Develop a strong set of intellectual and technical skills to allow you to confidently take part in all areas of cultural production. http://www.lit.ie/Courses/Painting

    Photography, Film Video. Explore the many new possibilities in Photography, Film and Video for still and moving image. emphasizing the conceptual opportunities offered by digital technology.  http://www.lit.ie/Courses/A8112

    Print Contemporary Practice.  Learn etching, woodcutting, smart plate and stone lithography, silkscreen and collography. Drawing, digital media, photography and professional practice support these elements.  Students can also engage with casting, molding and 3D building workshops. http://www.lit.ie/Courses/Print

    Sculpture & Combined Media.  Experience a balance between traditional making skills and contemporary sculpture practice with relevant multimedia skills. http://www.lit.ie/Courses/S&CM


    We look forward to seeing your portfolio as we accept applicants to the year based on a combination of Leaving Certificate/QQI FET/FETAC results and Portfolio Assessment.  Leaving Certificate: A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish. Mathematics is not a subject requirement for this programme. Your portfolio will be scored out of 600 with a minimum score of 240 required to pass. QQI FET/FETAC Applicants & Mature Applicants please refer to section ‘Entry Requirements’ on the LIT website for further information. 

    See here for information of portfolio preparation.  http://www.lit.ie/lsad/Courses/1/PortfolioAssessment.aspx
    Portfolio Assignment information http://www.lit.ie/Lists/Courses/Attachments/1/PortfolioAssignment.pdf

    The programme – an inside view.

    At LSAD we recognise the wide variety of backgrounds from which we draw its students and support ethnic, cultural and gender diversity as being the basis of individual originality.  On completion you can choose to specialise in one of eight disciplines from 2nd year to 4th year. We offer Active Learning at its best with practical, hands-on studio where learning becomes the fusion of theory and practice.

    In Semester One we introduce you to the vocabulary and working methodologies that allows you to engage with the contemporary context of Art and Design in a broad-based Studio Project. Each week your skillset builds as you engage with core studies based on principles of, 2D Studies, 3D Studies, Digital Media, Concept Development and Contextual Research.

    In Semester Two you choose a path that will form the basis of your future career as an artist or a designer. At the end of the first semester one you select three elective specialisations and you get to experience an intensive practical introduction in each. After feedback and tutorial advice, on your experiences, you select the area of specialization, which you will pursue for your final three years. Provisional places are offered in specialized disciplines, based on grade point averages and are made official subject to students successfully passing the Year One programme.

    Programme staff

    Coordinated by Mike Fox, our team of artists and designers bring a wide range of experience to the programme, both as art and design practitioners and as experienced educators.  Through an extensive line-up of seminars, demonstrations workshops and off site visits our intention is to reference the most current issues in Art and Design for project work and exhibitions.


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