Fine Art – Painting and Sculpture

(Level 6)


QQI Art Level 6, Code 6M4029


Would you like to learn about essential painting and sculpture techniques and theory?

Are you interested in exploring and experimenting with art media?

Does the idea of working ‘hands on’ in your own studio space in a strongly creative college appeal to you?

Are you working towards a creative career in fine art?

The well-established Fine Art course in St. John’s college will give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and develop your skills in fine art painting, sculpture, drawing and design.

We also support students to prepare a portfolio and how they may go about setting themselves up in the art world in the future.

Students can also do an optional subject (Art in the community module) that involves learning how to work creatively with groups in the Community arts and or Arts and health sector.


We put your creative learning and development at the centre of our course.




Code Title
6N3585 Arts In the Community
6N3452 Painting
6N3569 Drawing
6N3587 Combined Materials
6N3450 History and appreciation of Art & Design
6N3570 Sculpture
6N3446 Design Skills
6N1950 Communications
6N1946 Work Experience
  • Painting – Exploring areas such as the human form, the environment and non-objective painting in oils and acrylic paints.
  • Drawing – deepening an understanding of drawing including sketchbook work, life drawing with models and experimental drawing.
  • Combine Materials – Mixed media and the use of ‘non traditional’ materials to enhance the student’s creativity and their appreciation of the visual and material world.
  • History & Appreciation of Art – provides an insight into some important art theories.
  • Sculpture – equipping the student with the knowledge and skill to generate 3D fine art sculpture using a variety of media.
  • Design Skills- getting a fuller understanding and appreciation of the design process from an artist’s point of view.
  • Communications – exploring personal and professional communication.
  • Work Experience/practice


Portfolio preparation

There is a strong focus on portfolio preparation with one to one guidance for those applying to Art & Design Colleges including the Crawford College, Limerick school of art and design, National college of art and design and IADT with very high success rates.


Each student has their own equipped studio space and storage
Specialist Staff – the staff are very experience teachers who teach their own specialisms.
Access to the colleges Information Resource Centre / Library with an extensive collection of art books and publications and ample computers with broadband.
Trips to galleries and other course related trips.
St. John’s college is centrally located in Cork city within walking distance to galleries, art supplies shops and the bus and train station.
There are a large range of other art, design, craft and media course on campus.


Projects and continuous assessment

Work Placement/Experience

Participants will be required to undertake 10 days of work placement in a relevant location. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

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Fine Art - Painting and Sculpture L6


Fee Exemptions may apply ⇒
Materials €100
QQI Fee €80
Student Services €250
Gov PLC Fee €200
TOTAL €630

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 5 Award in Art, Craft & Design or in a related area is required


One-year full time

Contact Details

Tel: 021 4255500


Projects and continuous assessment

Work Placement/Experience

Participants will be required to undertake 10 days of work placement in a relevant location. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

Education Progression Opportunities

CIT / Crawford College of Art add Design: CR220; CR210; CR600

National College of Art and Design – All first year courses

LIT/ Limerick school of art and design: LC110

WIT: WD137, WD152

NCAD IADT: AD101, AD202, AD204, DL827


Art and design courses in the UK and Europe.

Students of this course have been successful in applying for advanced entry to the second year of some Higher Education Institutions.


We advise you to consult the CAO website – and to confirm specific entry requirements for Higher Education Institutions.


Career opportunities

  • Artist
  • Art galleries
  • Art studios
  • Commercial art and other art related services


“Level 6 fine art captures the life of a practicing artist. The course helped expand my technical skills in drawing, mixing and painting.

Having one on one tuition from my lecturers meant I could hone in on problem areas, understand and resolve them without defeat. I learned to have a more mature and open minded approach to paintings, artists, materials and the art world in general. I experimented in print, mixed media, ceramic and collage. Having all the tools and facilities on hand was such an advantage and opportunity to examine all areas. The course made a significant impression and paved the path to my own artistic career.”

Erin Goulding – Artist


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