Art and Design Portfolio Preparation

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[Foundation in Third Level Art and Design Practice]

Portfolio Preparation Foundation year QQI Award (Level 5 – 5M1985)

Art & Design Portfolio Preparation at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education

This Art Portfolio Preparation course is designed to prepare students for entry to Third Level Art Colleges both in Ireland and abroad. Emphasis is placed on research and development methodologies in both practical and academic subjects relevant to Art and Design practice.  This approach facilitates the development of a balanced portfolio which acknowledges the student’s own individual ideas development.

Course Content

Observational research and exploration of ideas and materials through Drawing, Painting, Illustration, Combined Materials/Design, Sculpture, Contextual Studies, Digital Photography, Image Processing, Communications, Work Experience, Portfolio Editing and Evaluation.


QQI Level 5
See entry requirements for details.


1 Year

Art & Design Portfolio Preparation at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or LCVP (to include O6 / H7 English) or
Merit Award LCA or
Merit Award QQI Level 4

Mature students are considered on an individual basis.


What to submit:

Images of 4 pieces of observational work which you have done in the last two years. Include colour work and drawings. Copies of other people’s artwork or photographs should not be included. 3D work may be included if you wish.

Work may be of any size or dimension.

Art & Design Portfolio Preparation at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education

Course Content

While preparing their individual portfolio, students on the course cover the QQI Level 5 Art Award (5M1985) which is recognised for entry to Third Level Art Colleges such as NCAD, DIT, IADT and ITs nationwide. The Award affords students the opportunity to achieve the equivalent of 400 Leaving Certificate points and  Distinction grades can be used in lieu of minimum Leaving Certificate requirements for third level college entry.

The portfolio preparation course welcomes mature students who can also avail of the QQI Award to meet Third Level entry requirements.

Career Opportunities / College Links

The majority of our students take up places in third level colleges such as NCAD, IADT, DIT, Institutes of Technology and Art colleges abroad.

Students can also progress to Higher National Diploma and Degree programmes in Graphic Design, Interior Design, Animation, Architectural Studies and Architectural Technology in Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education.

Students can use this major award (5M1985) to apply to colleges through the CAO. See the list of colleges accepting this award as an entry requirement here.

Course Charges

Year 1: €400