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Entry Requirements

Creativity and a strong interest in design, and learning about textile and craft skills are essential.  Leaving Cert/Leaving Cert Applied or its equivalent.  For mature students, work experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.  Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview.

1 year Full time

QQI Level 5 Art, Craft and Design - Code 5M1984

About the course


This is a practical course which will give students the opportunity to design and make a wide range of unique craft, sculpture and textile pieces using a range of different materials. They will also learn how to be resourceful and create unique pieces from up-cycled materials. Students will learn the practical skills of sewing, which will include patchwork quilting, applique and felting. Emphasis throughout the course is placed on drawing and design.

Modules include

• Drawing
• Design
• Machine and hand embroidery
• Applique, patchwork, quilting, needle felting
• Fabric jewellery
• Sculpture
• Combined Materials
• Print Making
• Communications
• Work experience
Throughout the course specialists will give workshops in a range of related areas such as dyeing, candle making, patchwork and handmade soaps.

Work Experience

Two weeks work experience is incorporated into the course and this will take the format of students planning, preparing and mounting an art exhibition of their work. 

Career Opportunities

This course will suit students who wish to set up their own business. Opportunities for employment will also exist in retail and related areas.


Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to our Crafts and Textiles with Ceramics QQI Level 6.  Progression is also available to IT Colleges through Higher Education Links CAO scheme.   Examples include:

  • IADT, DL827 Art
  • NCAD –AD101-Art & Design (Portfolio)

Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.


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