Fulltime Classroom Arts and humanities

Art, Craft & Design Portfolio Preparation Yr.1

Our Art, Craft & Design Portfolio Preparation (Creative Craft 5M1981) programme offers students an excellent opportunity to assemble a portfolio of work, which they may use to gain access to diploma/degree courses. The Creative Craft 5M1981 Award focuses on teaching and developing art and craft skills. Fine Art skills (drawing, painting, 3D Studies) are taught with the craft skills (jewellery making and enamelling; stained and fused glass; Wood craft skills and ceramics) to a high standard. Students will learn how to present their work (including picture framing) for an art gallery setting. Organising an Art, Design and Craft exhibition
in the Waterford City and County Central Library forms part of the Work Experience in second year.

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Target Award

QQI Creative Craft – 5M1981

Start Date: 09-09-2024 Hours/week: 22 Hrs 00 Mins Duration: 38 weeks


Day Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Education Requirements
NFQ Level 4 or equivalent when accessing a Level 5 programme.
CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English
Mature learner entry requirements available via the local ETB pathway
Additional requirements may apply to non-EU/EEA Applicants and may be subject to full international fees (Please refer to Information for International Learners) *Each provider may have additional requirements, not outlined above.

Age Requirements
Minimum statutory school leaving age (16+)

Learning Aptitude
Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.

Previous Experience
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.

Module Award Body
Work Experience Work Experience (5N1356) QQI
Combined Materials Combined Materials (5N0764) QQI
Design Skills Design Skills (5N0784) QQI
Drawing Drawing (5N1862) QQI
Painting Painting (5N1302) QQI
Ceramics Ceramics (5N0759) QQI
Appreciation Of Art, Craft And Design Appreciation of Art, Craft & Design (5N0755) QQI
Art Metalcraft Art Metalcraft (5N1649) QQI
Materials And Finishes Materials & Finishes (5N1456) QQI
Wood Finishing Level 5 Wood Finishing (5N1360) QQI
Stained Glass Stained Glass (5N4515) QQI
Learning Outcomes
Graduates will have the skills, knowledge and competencies to start their own craft business. Local Enterprise Office sponsored “Start Your Own Business” and social media workshops are offered in the second year of the programme. Studio placements with the Kite Design Centre may also be offered.
Graduates have progressed to SETU and other third level art and craft courses e.g. Crawford College of Art and Design.
Waterford VTOS operates the Higher Links Scheme with WIT and IoTs. Creative Craft 5M1981 graduates can progress to the following programmes: BSc in Architectural Technology; BA(H) in Design (Visual Communications); Bachelor of Architecture (H); BA(H) in Visual Art and BSc (H) in Architectural & Building Modelling Technology.


Waterford VTOS


Durands Court, Parnell St , Waterford


  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Full Canteen

Contact Details

Course Contact:
Helena Finlay


051 852803