Art with Animation QQI Level 5 Course Code: 5M1985


The Art with Animation course offers students the opportunity to explore the animation industry and to develop skills needed for this area. Alongside the fundamental skills such as drawing, painting and sculpture learners will also study subjects specific to animation and industry. The student will complete this course with a comprehensive range of skills and a professional portfolio of work, which can used 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


  • 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


  • Animation Layout Design
  • Animation Drawing Studies
  • 3D Modelling and Animation
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Drawing
  • Art Appreciation
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
*Subject to change


1 academic year full time – 5 days per week


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 can apply to any third level art course to further their studies. Degrees in Animation are currently offered by LSAD, AIT and IADT.

Possible Progression Options include*:

CAO TitleLevel / Course TitleCollege
LC518Level 8 - Digital Animation Production (Honours)LSAD (Clonmel)
LC502Level 8 - Game Art and Design (Honours)LSAD (Clonmel)
LC110Level 8 - First Year Core Year Art and Design Common Entry LSAD (Limerick)
AL861Level 8 - Animation and Illustration (Honours)AIT (Athlone)
DL832Level 8 - Animation (Honours)IADT (Dún Laoghaire)
AL763Level 7 - Graphic DesignAIT (Athlone)
AL863Level 8 - Graphic Design and Digital Design (Honours)AIT (Athlone)

*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. 

There is free transport available from Portlaoise, Mountmellick, Portarlington, Rathdowney and Mountrath,


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 with Animation Level 5


Abbeyleix FETC

Mountrath Road


County Laois

R32 TX30


Start Date: September 2022                                      

End Date: June 2023


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  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Helen Kavanagh, Centre Manager



(057) 873 1127


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

“The new skills I gained at level 5 were beneficial to my practice, the animation, in particular, gave me structure and refinement to my process in art. That development has only continued to grow within the Level 6 programme.”
Kirsha Aldritt
Art and Animation Level 5 and Advanced Art Level 6 2018/2019
“These art courses helped me to build my confidence. I have grown as an artist and I have developed skills in all disciplines on the course. I feel ready now to move on to third level art college. I recommend the PLC structure to anyone!”
Rory Lynch
Art and Animation Level 5 and Advanced Art Level 6 2018/19