Portfolio Preparation in Art, Craft & Design

QQI Level 5 Art, Craft and Design

This is a one-year foundation course in Art and Design. There is a strong emphasis on art practice and portfolio preparation. Students work in a range of media, focusing on the completion of work to the standard required for entry to Art and Design courses in Third-Level colleges in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the U.K.

Principal areas of study

  • Portfolio Preparation
  • Drawing
  • Design Skills
  • Painting
  • Combined Materials (mixed materials -glass, plastic, metal etc.)
  • Communications
  • Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture

(Modules offered may be subject to change)

“Liberties College assisted me in my application to NCAD which was brilliant for me and i was also accepted into IADT which would not have been possible without the help ans support I received on the Portfolio Course in Liberties. I loved everything about my experience there.”




  • Focus on developing a balanced portfolio of work. Students are guided through production content and layout of a portfolio for art college
  • Tuition in the development of skills in painting, drawing, crafts, cultural studies, ceramics, sculpture, combined materials, batik, mixed media
  • Specialist workshop areas for ceramics, felt, sculpture/mixed materials
  • workshop experiences in Batik, felt, photography


  • 6M4029 QQI L6 Professional Arts Practice – Liberties College
  • AD101 L8 Art & Design – National College of Art & Design
  • AD204 L8 Fine Art & Design – National College of Art & Design
  • DL832 L8 Animation – IADT
  • DL827 L8 Art – IADT
  • AL861 L8 Animation and Illustration – Athlone IT
  • LY447 L7 Fashion with Promotion – Letterkenny IT
  • TU Dublin


  • Trainee positions in Art, Craft and Design related areas.


Submit a selection of artwork at interview or submit digitally by email, to include:

  • Two samples of drawings of Natural Objects (drawn from real objects)
  • Two samples of drawings of Man-made Objects (drawn from real objects)
  • Any examples of work you have made in any medium.
  • Images photographed from your Leaving Certificate Art book if possible
  • Any personal notebooks you work in (doodles etc.)

General College Entry Requirements