Advanced Certificate in Art QQI Level 6 Course Code: 6M4029


This advanced certificate offers students the opportunity to further develop their creative talents, exploring a specialised range of creative subjects based on professional practice. Students complete four academic based modules which gives them a comprehensive understanding of the art industry. As part of the course they will complete the necessary paper work to allow them to professionally apply for Percent for Art schemes, exhibitions, residencies etc.


  • Completion of QQI Level 5 Certificate in Art, Craft and Design
  • Successful completion of interview and online assessment


  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Ceramic Craft Skills
  • Combined Materials
  • Fabric Manipulation
  • Studio Practice
  • History & Appreciation of Art & Design
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
*Subject to change


1 academic year full time – 5 days per week


Successful candidates may gain employment in the vast area of Art and Craft as practicing artists, in galleries or on community art projects.


Completion of the Level 6 Art Major Award allows students to apply directly for advanced entry to a variety of 2nd year BA(hons) programmes such as Ceramics, Sculpture and Combined Media, Painting and Fashion at Limerick I.T. Students may also apply for direct 2nd year entry to GMIT, Crawford College of Art & Design, DIT, IADT and other IT colleges on completion of a full Level 6 award.

Possible Progression Options include*:

CAO TitleLevel / Course TitleCollege
LC110Level 8 - First Year Core Year Art and Design Common Entry LSAD
AD101Level 8 - First Year Art and Design Common EntryNCAD
GA283Level 8 - ContemporaryArtGMIT
Advanced Entry Direct Entry to CollegeLevel 8 - Sculpture and Combined Media Year 2 / Ceramics Year 2 / Painting Year 2LSAD
Advanced Entry Direct Entry to CollegeLevel 8 - BA Design in Textiles Year 2GMIT

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and entry is subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please check with the individual college websites for more information on application. Information also available at


There are no tuition fees payable to Abbeyleix Further Education and Training Centre. However, please note there are costs involved in taking a course e.g. materials, additional training and QQI exam fees. A student registration fee must be paid on joining the course.


VTOS/PLC places are available on the course (please contact the Centre for further information). The range of financial support available to students includes: Student Maintenance Grant (SUSI) and the Back to Education Allowance. For further information click on HEA Student Finance and SUSI

*Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board reserves the right to refuse course admission and/or completion.


Certificate in Art Level 6


Abbeyleix FETC

Mountrath Road


County Laois

R32 TX30


Start Date: September 2022                                      

End Date: June 2023


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Helen Kavanagh, Centre Manager



(057) 873 1127


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Centre Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
* Bank Holidays and Public Holidays – Closed



Read what our past students have to say about their experience with the Advanced Certificate in Art course at Abbeyleix FETC

"Advanced art level six is a great course and with the help of the wonderful tutors there, has allowed me to further develop my art and to gain new skills. I’d highly recommend it as a course. I have studied here for two years and have had nothing but good experiences."
Lucy Patterson
Advanced Art Level 6 2022
“I have almost completed two years studying in Art Craft and Design Levels 5 & 6 Abbeyleix. I am a mature student and was delighted to be accepted onto the course as I was finally embarking on a life-long ambition of becoming an artist. I entered into a course that offered me the opportunity to develop skills employing a wide variety of artist’s media, participate in work placement and learn comprehensive communication and IT skills necessary for the aspiring artist of today. I have created an amazing body of artwork and portfolio during this time and am now in a position to enter a third level degree in Art as an advanced admission candidate. My journey throughout this course was a very positively challenging experience with excellent support and constructive feedback from our teaching team.
Maura Byrne
Advanced Art Level 6 2021