Art and Design Portfolio Preparation Level 5

Art and Design Portfolio Preparation Level 5

About The Course

1 Year Full Time Art Portfolio Preparation Course
QQI Level 5
Course Fees: €350

This full-time art portfolio course provides a solid foundation in the necessary skills required for higher education or a career in art, craft or design. By covering a broad mix of disciplines, you will have the opportunity to find your own strengths.

We encourage the development of ideas through drawing and personal research. On completion of the course, you should have a portfolio reflecting a wide range of skills and experience but also a sense of focus and direction.

In the second and third terms of the year, many of the students will apply to third level colleges of art and design. We will assist these students in selecting and organising their work into the best possible portfolio to achieve acceptance on their chosen course.

  • Drawing
  • Design
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Metal Craft
  • Digital Photography
  • Image Processing
  • Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


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Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects
Leaving Certificate Applied
QQI Level 4
Equivalent qualifications will be accepted

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants who have relevant experience and may not meet the above requirements are welcome to apply.

Interview and Portfolio

Entry to this PLC Portfolio Course is by interview and portfolio.

In particular, the portfolio should include some examples of observational drawing from real items, not copied from photographs or images.

We are also interested in seeing examples of sketchbooks, finished paintings, prints, sculptures, photography.

Please note, your portfolio need not contain all of these.

Progression and Career Prospects

In recent years, all of the Inchicore College students who applied to NCAD had their portfolios accepted and all Inchicore College students who applied to third level art or design courses through the CAO received offers. Other students took up places on Level 6 courses in Inchicore College and other colleges of further education.

Recent Graduates have gained places in NCAD., DIT, IADT Dun Laoghaire, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Athlone.I.T., and Letterkenny I.T. as well as colleges in Scotland and Germany. Many students have progressed to higher education through the Higher Education Links Scheme which allows students to use their QQI qualification to gain CAO points.

Graduates of Inchicore College have subsequently secured employment in art teaching, arts institutions, graphic design, costume design, and also practice as artists and craft producers.

Graduate Profile

Emma Hopkins

“The college as a whole was so welcoming, from the tutors to the staff in the canteen.

The tutors were so encouraging and supportive, and I really feel they invested a lot of extra time and energy in helping me progress and succeed on completing the course.

It was great to be in a creative and positive environment, gaining new friendships with like minded people.”

Emma Hopkins (Emma gained a place in IADT)


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Portfolio Course Dublin Art Design PLC

This 1 year PLC Art Course is designed to help students build their portfolio for applying to Art College.