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 business based modules which gives them a comprehensive understanding of the business of art. 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 2021                                      

End Date: June 2022                      


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Helen Kavanagh, Centre Manager



(057) 873 1127


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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

“I could not say enough about Abbeyleix, it is just wonderful. I will always credit Abbeyleix FETC for my confidence and skills in Art that I now have. I had just finished school at seventeen and it gave me an excellent foundation for third level education.”
Karen Dunne
Advanced Art Level 6 2012
“Outstanding tutors. One of the best decisions I've made to study with Abbeyleix Art Department. Life changing.”
Jen Donnery
Advanced Art Level 6 2018