Art & Mixed Media Portfolio Preparation

If you aspire to a career as an artist, our course will support you to produce an exciting, competitive and creative art portfolio to help you progress to Art college. Our students have a great track record for progressing to Higher Education at all the major Art colleges and Universities.

You will explore core practical skills including drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media which are essential skills to prepare you for art colleges. You will use your creative thinking, ideas, style and visual communication throughout the creation of your portfolio.

Our practical projects and exhibitions include opportunities to work with professional artists, and to experience the professional world of the artist.

What Makes This Course Special?

  • Build your art portfolio
  • Talented artists on our staff
  • Explore a wide-range of Art media
  • Projects with professionals & VISUAL Carlow
  • Digital arts suites with Apple Macs
  • Excellent progression routes

Course Content

  • Collage Techniques
  • Combined Materials
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Artist
  • Art and Design Teaching
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
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I applied for the Art and Mixed Media course to create a unique portfolio and to learn new disciplines of art as well as expand my own knowledge and interests within art.

The staff and tutors were very friendly, approachable and extremely helpful with any queries or uncertainties that I had during the course. The institute had great facilities including a two-storey library with computers that I had access to for my assignments.

There was a large amount of work in the course but I found it manageable and very enjoyable. From doing the course I learned new skills and techniques and explored a new range of media and materials as well as discovering new ways of thinking and observing.

I applied to colleges using my portfolio that I created during the year, and I am now currently studying a BA of Fine Art and Education at NCAD, Dublin.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to bring a selection of recent artwork to interview in addition to the standard entry requirements.

QQI Level 5
Certificate in Art 5M1985


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 414872
Coordinator: Nuala Dalzell

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.