Art,Craft & Design QQI Level 5 Course Code: 5M1984 Reference: PLC 335882 | VTOS 344853


The Art, Craft and Design (ACD) course offers students the opportunity to explore the varied aspects of fine art, design and craft. Over the year students develop and enhance basic skills in drawing and design and transfer these skills into other areas of study such as ceramics, painting and combined materials amongst others. The student will finish the year with a comprehensive body of skills and a professional portfolio of work to use for third level applications. 

Students also get the opportunity to travel to Florence on the annual trip.

All Art Students will also take part in a graduate exhibition at the Dunamaise Art Centre in Portlaoise


This course is suitable for Learners who have an interest in developing their artistic skills and gaining experience across different mediums. We also welcome learners who wish to prepare their portfolio for application to Art & Design Colleges.  

Learners will be supported in identifying their individual progression needs and opportunities, including how to prepare for progression/ certification on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) or European Qualifications Framework (EQF). 


  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent standard of education
  • Succesful completion of interview and online assessment
  • Applicants are also requested to present samples of their work
  • Good drawing skills are essential


Drawing | Design Skills | Ceramics | Painting Creative Embroidery | Combined Materials Art Appreciation | Work Experience Communications. 

*Subject to change


1 academic year full time – 5 days per week


For those students who do not wish to attend third level, there are varied employment opportunities in the area of art and creative enterprise.


Students who successfully complete this level 5 course may have the option to continue their studies at the Centre, progressing to our QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Art.  

Students who have satisfied the criteria set by the CAO process for progression to third level education, may secure a place in the National Universities of Ireland and Technological Universities. 

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 Desig n Common EntryNCAD
AL763Level 8 - Visual CommunicationsAIT
GA283Level 8 - Contemporary ArtGMIT
CR210/CR220Level 8 - Contemporary Applied Art/Fine ArtCrawford College of Art

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and entry is subject to students meeting certain criteria. These progression options are meant as a guide and they are subject to change. Please note there are other institutes available with similar courses. Please check with the individual college websites for more information on application.  Information also available at


There are no registration or tuition fees payable to Abbeyleix Further Education and Training Centre. However, please note the cost of materials is approximately €200 to include Art Pack and materials.

Cost of trip to Florence approx. €550-€600 (subject to availability). There is also an approximate cost of €10 per student for the hiring of a Life Model (subject to availability). 



Free private bus transport is available from Portlaoise, Mountmellick, Portarlington, Rathdowney and Mountrath. 

Students with their own transport are provided with free parking in the student car park at the rear of the Centre.


VTOS places are available on all full-time courses. Learners may be eligible to apply for a Student Maintenance Grant (SUSI) and the Back to Education Allowance. For further information click on HEA Student Finance and SUSI

Please contact the Centre for further information.

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


Certificate in Art, Craft & Design Level 5


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 Art, Craft & Design course at Abbeyleix FETC

“Before starting Level 5 I was set on entering a four-year game design course, instead of pursuing painting like I had always wanted. I thought that the only way to get into the entertainment industry was by having a qualification with the job name slapped on it. Through guidance from the tutors and my own extensive research completed for Work Experience, I found I can still enter the industry I admire with the painting qualification I want to achieve.!”
Conor McEvoy Duff
ACD Level 5 2021
“Returning to education as a mature student on the Art, Craft and Design programme has been a whole new experience. The year has been very positive and life changing for me. The opportunity to try all the different disciplines and techniques feels like a really good grounding as a whole and I am now looking forward to continuing my studies in art. The course has given me the confidence to continue on with art.”
Rhiannon Harris
ACD Level 5 2019