Art, Craft & Design/Portfolio Course
Note: Course shadowing as part of work experience is available for this course.
Our Art, Craft & Design Portfolio Course is one of the longest established portfolio courses in the country. We offer a unique opportunity to try an exciting variety of subjects, along with the use of a huge range of art materials. The teachers’ enthusiasm for their subjects and their expertise is infectious.
Art, Craft and Design offers an easy transition from a classroom environment to that of an open studio and gives a great sense of what it's like to be a practicing artist. Our Students gain skills and knowledge that gives them the confidence to produce their best work. This combined with excellent facilities, and individual tutorials leads to the development of a strong and individual portfolio.
Our students forge great friendships that continue onto college. A high percentage of our graduates gain entry into their chosen art and design colleges in Ireland and the U.K. We are proud to say CSN art students go on to win prestigious national and international awards.
QQI Level 5
Certificate in Art, Craft and Design (5M1984)
or Art (5M1985)
This is a one year course but on successful completion of the year students may progress to Art 2, Design 2.
A small portfolio of work that shows your interests and ability in art or design. This should include some observational drawing. Work done for Leaving Certificate or art classes is perfect. Please photograph 3D or framed pieces. All applicants should have achieved Leaving Certificate or equivalent standard. Mature students without formal qualifications are most welcome to apply. All applicants will be interviewed.
The following subjects may be offered. Students will be examined in 8 subject areas.
- Portfolio Preparation
Drawing from observation is central to the course. Our students learn to observe and record from the world around them, thus developing creative thinking and concept building. Research through the use of sketchbook is also an important core element.
- Design Skills
Students will begin to develop analytical and conceptual skills and will explore design ideas from the planning stage to execution, for both 2D and 3D outcomes.
Painting is designed to develop the use and understanding of colour. We work one to one with the students, to navigate the world of contemporary painting practice and help them to relate it to their own art process.
This subject introduces the student to core ceramic techniques; coiling, slab building, clay modelling etc. Students will also explore surface decorative techniques, glazing and kiln firing.
The sculpture student will be encouraged to explore 3D space through the design process and material manipulation to the finished piece. The student will use a wide range of materials.
- Combined Materials
This subject introduces the student to a wide variety of materials and techniques suitable for use in textiles, sculpture and painting.
Students will explore their creativity through a range of exciting printmaking techniques such as dry-point, mono-print, relief-print and more.
- Digital Photography
This area of study gives the student the basics in the use of digital SLR cameras and basic computer skills using Photoshop. Students will develop their own personal portfolio of work.
- Graphic Design Skills
This subject covers the fundamentals of graphic design practice. The student will develop their ideas from the initial thumbnails through the design process to the finished work. Students will learn image manipulation using Photoshop and text layout using Illustrator.
- Appreciation of Art, Craft & Design
This subject is designed to give insight into the working process of contemporary artists and designers. Through practical application and research the student will apply this knowledge to the development of their own work.
In this subject students begin to build their personal profile as an artist or designer, from compiling a CV to analysing and talking about their own work.
- Work Experience
This subject helps students to place themselves in a professional work environment. This gives them real experience in their chosen field.
In the past 5 years our graduates have gone on to practice and work in the following areas: art teaching, painting, sculpture, printing and also in ceramic design, photography, textiles, fashion design, graphic design, interior design, architecture, advertising multimedia, animation, film making, make-up for TV and film, Arts Business Management, art therapy. Graduates of this course work nationally and internationally.
390 CAO points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.
- CIT Crawford BA (hons) Fine Art (CR220)
- CIT Crawford BA (hons) Contemporary Applied Arts (ceramics, glass, textiles) (CR210)
- CIT BA (hons) Visual Communications (CR112)
- CIT BA (hons) Multimedia (CR112)
- CIT Crawford level 8 special purpose award in Fine Art Textiles. (CR_ATEXT_8 )
- LIT First year Art and Design (LC110)
- LIT Creative Multimedia (LC517)
- LIT Digital Animation Production (LC518)
- LIT Fashion Knitwear and Textiles (LC111)
- NCAD BA Textiles and Surface Design (AD101)
- GMIT BA Art and Design (GA270)
- UK colleges
- CSN Art 2
- CSN Digital Media BTEC Higher National Diploma
Students who wish to use the links to further studies will need to attain a certain level of achievement in their QQI award.
Our in-house gallery provides students with first -hand experience both in exhibiting and promoting their work to industry standard.