First Year Art & Design
The Year One Art and Design programme provides students with the necessary stimuli to encourage self confidence, self motivation, and an appetite for knowledge, which will drive their creative practice. Year One recognises the wide variety of backgrounds from which it draws its students. It recognises ethnic, cultural and gender diversity which are the basis of individual originality. The programme endeavours to provide students with the necessary skills, vocabulary and contextual knowledge to progress to the second year of Honours Degree studies in art and design. This is achieved through an extensive lineup of lectures, seminars and demonstrations. The Year One programme introduces students to the most current issues in art and design through the first hand experiences of contemporary practitioners.
The programmes at LSAD aim to assist students to become confident, articulate, informed, creative and expressive practitioners, who will be capable of making significant contributions in their own particular fields of contemporary culture. The Stage One Art and Design Programme begins this process by providing students with the necessary stimuli to encourage self-confidence, self-motivation, and an appetite for knowledge, which will drive their creative practice. Stage One recognises the wide variety of backgrounds from which it draws its students. It recognises ethnic, cultural and gender diversity which are the basis of individual originality. The programme endeavours to provide students with the necessary skills, vocabulary and contextual knowledge to progress to the second year of Honours Degree studies.
Through an extensive line-up of lectures, seminars and demonstrations the Stage One Programme introduces students to the most current issues in Art and Design, through the first hand experiences of contemporary practitioners.
Aims and Objectives
The Stage One 1 Art and Design Programme is designed to:
(1) Help students make the transition from previous forms of education to become third level students. Our programme is based on the philosophy of “Student Centred Learning” .
(2) Introduce students to the visual language of Art and Design. This is achieved through seminars, demonstrations, case studies, critical and contextual studies and, primarily, through active engagement in studio practice.
(3) Teach students how to learn and research so that they become active participants in the development of their own educational strategy. To achieve this, the programme embraces LIT’s mission statement in relation to Active Learning.
(4) Help students understand that education doesn’t end with graduation. The contemporary environment, in which we live, allows learners access to infinite learning possibilities. The learning methodologies used on this programme equip students to continue to be active learners for the rest of their lives.
(5) Help students to develop a facility for critical and analytical appraisal of their own work, that of their peers and of Art and Design in the broader cultural environment. This will be achieved through seminars, individual and group tutorials and through student presentations at both progress reviews and assessments. Students are actively encouraged to set up their own web sites, blogs or use any other forms of social networking to discuss course work (Facebook, Twitter etc.)
(6) Deliver an active diagnostic experience for students, to help them make informed decisions about the future direction of their education and subsequent career. Students are helped through this often difficult decision process through seminar and exhibition introductions to the six disciplines available at the Limerick School of Art and Design. Students receive realistic practical experiences to further inform their decisions. Throughout the Stage students receive tutorial advice where students can use the experience of the staff to help inform them of their strengths / weaknesses and help recognise areas which show the greatest potential for development.
(7) To provide students with a historical, cultural, philosophical and social context for their work. This is addressed through an extensive Critical and Contextual Studies Programme. It is also supported by studio based contextual research studies, which result in the production of an extensive contextual research notebook.
Applicants will be accepted to Year 1 of the programme based on at least 240/600 (40%) from Portfolio Assessment (See link below for more information on portfolio requirements), plus Leaving Certificate or FETAC Level 5 results.
Semester 1: Semester One is designed to introduce students to the working methodologies, the vocabulary, and the contemporary context of Art and Design. This is achieved through engagement in a broad-based, practical Studio Project. This project is introduced to students during Orientation Week. Throughout the project students are introduced to a series of skills, technical processes, and conceptual considerations, by means of a series of Seminar / Demonstrations each week. Students are encouraged to apply these skills, processes and concepts to the development of their studio project where applicable. Core areas in Semester 1 are 2D Studies, 3D Studies, Digital Media, Concept Development and Contextual Research Studies.
Semester 2: Semester Two is designed around helping students make the appropriate choice of specialisation, which will form the basis of their further studies at LSAD and in turn their future careers as artists and designers. At the end of Semester One, students select three specialisations. Each student then has a two week practical introduction to the areas they have chosen. At the end of this six week period progress reviews take place. After the progress reviews, there is a week of feedback and tutorial advice where the staff individually meet students to discuss progress and make recommendations. At this point, the student selects three areas of specialisation in order of preference. Based on an aggregated mark of the semester one assessment and the combined score from the three electives the places on offer on Stage Two are distributed. Students then enter their Stage Two disciplines on provisional places.
1 Year , plus 3 years for BA Honours Degree (Level 8). Also available part time over a longer period (ACCS)
Class Contact Hours:
605 (Final Points) 2012*
*Points are a combination of Leaving Certificate Results & Portfolio assessment.
Top 3 Reasons to Choose:
1. LSAD is the largest centre for Art & Design outside of Dublin and has an award-winning reputation both here in Ireland and internationally.
2. With a diagnostic Year 1 you will find your niche and see which discipline you are best suited for in art and design.
3. We offer Active Learning at its best with practical, hands-on studio environment learning – you don’t just learn the theory, you learn the skill!
What our Students say:
“Limerick School of Art and Design has this aura about it, a driven, motivated atmosphere unlike any other college. It’s a close knit community of extremely hard working, competitive and energetic people that know how to have fun and take pride in what they do.”
Graduate of LSAD
Did You Know?
On completion of the Level 8 programme, job opportunities for graduates include: Painter, Fashion Designer, Printmaker, Graphic Designer, Motion Graphic Designer, Sculptor, Art and Design Teacher, Ceramicist, Photographer, Film-maker.
Graduates Work For:
Some LSAD graduates have worked for....Alexander McQueen, Louis Mulcahy, RTÉ, Saatchi & Saatchi, Dynamo Design Unreal-UK, I-am Design London, Design Factory, Design Works, Creative Inc, Atomic Design, Rain Communications.
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