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Higher Certificate in Art & Design

Course Code: LC112


Level

6

Duration

2 Years

Department

Art & Design


CAO Points

N/A

Course Type

Direct Entry

Location

Clare Street

This 2 year programme is designed to provide you with a good knowledge of fine art and design from a practical and a theoretical point of view, and prepare you for further study in the area.

Year One of the Higher Certificate in Art and Design programme begins this process by providing you with the necessary stimuli to encourage self-confidence, self-motivation, and an appetite for knowledge, which will drive your 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. Through an extensive line-up 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. During this year, students select the discipline in which they will specialise in the following year.

During Year Two of the programme, students specialise in an area of Fine Art or Design, as well as completing modules in Critical and Contextual Studies. For a student who selects a Design discipline (Fashion, Visual Communication, Ceramics, Animation and Motion Design) successful completion of this programme will lead to a Higher Certificate in Design. For a student who selects a Fine Art discipline (Painting, Printmaking and Contemporary Practice, Sculpture and Combined Media, Photography and Lens Based Media) successful completion of this programme will lead to a Higher Certificate in Fine Art.

There are further progression routes for art and design study, pending successful completion of the Higher Certificate (see section on Further Studies below)

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have 5 O6/H7 grades or higher at Ordinary Level in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish. Mathematics is not a subject requirement for this programme. A Portfolio is required. Applicants will be accepted to this course based on a combination of Leaving Certificate/QQI FET/FETAC results and Portfolio Assessment. The Portfolio will be scored out of 600 with a minimum score of 240 required to pass.

Applicants presenting QQI FET/FETAC qualifications must hold a Full Level 5 Award totalling 120 credits.

Applicants presenting qualifications other than those mentioned above will be assessed on an individual basis. 

Mature Applicants (i.e., over 23) are exempt from the normal entry requirements but will be obliged to successfully complete the Portfolio requirement. 
 

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What modules will I study?

Year 1    

There are 5 modules in Year 1; Core Elements Studio (25 credits), Elective Specialisations (10 credits) Selected Discipline project (15 credits) and Critical and Contextual Studies Modules 1 and 2 (5 credits each)

Year 2    

The content of the second year of the programme will vary depending on which discipline the student chooses to specialise in, in either Design (Fashion, Visual Communication, Ceramics, Animation and Motion Design) or Fine Art (Painting, Printmaking and Contemporary Practice, Sculpture and Combined Media, Photography and Lens Based Media).

However, all Year 2 students complete 2 modules in their chosen discipline (25 credits each) and 2 modules in Critical and Contextual Studies (5 credits each).

Are there opportunities for further study?

On successful completion of this programme you will qualify for entry onto Year 3 of the Honours Degree in either Fine Art or Design (Level 8 award) in LIT.

What are the career prospects?

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.