Course Outline:

Our Level 6 Art course is designed to enable the students to acquire the skills and methods used by professional artists. We have chosen the modules that are the most relevant to a successful career in art and design. The course offers an enriching combination of art modules: Painting, Drawing, Combined Materials, Printmaking, Fine Art Photography and the History and Appreciation of Art and Design alongside the beneficial modules of Work Experience and Communications.

  • Drawing 6N3569
  • Painting 6N3452
  • History & Appreciation of Art & Design 6N3450
  • Work Experience 6N1946
  • Communications 6N1950
  • Fine Art Photography 6N3449
  • Printmaking 6N3568
  • Combined Materials 6N3587


Successful completion of this course will result in a QQI Level 6 Certificate in Art, 6M4029.

Course Duration:

This is a one-year full time course and runs from September to May.

Entry requirements

  • A Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent
  • QQI Level 5 qualification in Art/Art and Design or equivalent
  • Mature students who are over 23 years of age

Student Testimonial


For as long as I can remember I have been interested in Art and Design and when circumstances offered an opportunity to return to education, I embarked on the Art and Design FETAC Qualification here at the Westport CFE. The FETAC Level 5 & 6 courses offer the learner the opportunity to embark on a journey of self-discovery and creativity. The variety of materials and processes are second to none and you are encouraged and supported by the friendly, knowledgeable and experienced tutors who are all working artists themselves. The diversity of students both young and mature like myself add to the pleasure of the time here at the College and the staff provide a great support structure for any questions or queries you may have. So in conclusion, I would highly recommend this course. It’s fun, exciting and opens up so many opportunities.


There are no fees to study this course.

Detailed Course Outline:

Drawing 6N3569

  • This module aims to equip the learner to develop their drawing skills through the process of observation to record and describe accurately what they see.
  • The learner will explore principles of design through drawing, line, tone, space, textures etc. The learner will experiment with different media including: graphite, charcoal pencil pen and ink also digital and non-conventional 3d drawing.
  • The learner will experiment with the limitations and possibilities of different drawing media. There is an emphasis on drawing from observation through a six week life drawing block.
  • The learner will have a chance to display work at an end of year exhibition.

Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work 100%

Painting 6N3452

This module aims to foster creativity and self-expression through a variety of painting approaches. Students compile a body of work exploring different paint media such as, Gouache, Acrylics, Water Colour, as well as experimenting with techniques in Oil painting, Egg tempera and Mixed Media. There is an opportunity to display their paintings in a public exhibition at the Customs House Gallery, Westport at the end of the year.

Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work 100%

History & Appreciation of Art & Design 6N3450

This course explores different disciplines of art and design from historical and contemporary contexts. Students will learn to appreciate and draw critical analysis of art at an international and European level. Students will also get an insight into our rich heritage of national and local artists. The course includes day tours to galleries and local events.  Students will be encouraged to use the content of this course to enrich their development in the other course modules.

Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work 100%

Work Experience 6N1946

The work experience module includes written assignments that help students to prepare for a 60 hour work placement and also to plan for future progression to third level education or employment.

Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work: 60%; Skills Demonstration: 40%

Communications 6N1950

The communications module gives students the opportunity to improve their formal writing skills and to demonstrate their ability to communicate clearly and appropriately in a range of typical work situations.

Assessment technique: Collection of Work – 50%, Skills Demonstration – 50%

Fine Art Photography 6N3449

This module explores photography as an art form. Learners will be able to:

  • Explore the history of fine art photography.
  • Explore the development and enhancement of creativity through the practice of photography.
  • Implement a conceptual approach to the development of personal work.
  • Explore creative photography by employing a range of techniques, subject matter and stylistic approaches.

Assessment Criteria: Portfolio/Collection of Work 40%, Project 30%, Learner Record 30%

Printmaking 6N3568

The printmaking module gives the students an opportunity to create works as multiple editions and gain training in traditional and contemporary techniques. There is an emphasis on professional standards with particular focus on relief and etching mediums. It is a challenging but rewarding area that gives students an endless array of stylistic and experimental choices.

Assessment technique: Collection of Work 60%; Learner Record 40%

Combined Materials 6N3587

Combined Materials requires you to think outside the box. There is great freedom enjoyed in this module as it gives the opportunity to experiment and try new areas of exploration. This is your chance to use as many different materials as you can think of, so try not to limit yourself. Students will have the opportunity to use cameras, computers, projectors, and software etc. to produce a diverse body of work. Areas such as Video Mapping, Stop- Gap Animation, Mask Making, Self Portraits and Recycled Art will be covered. It also challenges most people’s opinion of what is and what is not Art. Here is truly an opportunity to break new ground.

Assessment technique: Collection of Work: 100%

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