Certificate in Art and Design




One Year

Validated by



Full-Time / Part-Time


Dublin Main Campus

NFQ Level


Develop fundamental skills in art and design on a flexible full-time or part-time basis.

Our Art and Design course is a broad foundation level programme that is the perfect introduction to disciplines within interior design, fashion or graphic communication design.

Why study the Certificate in Art and Design at Griffith College?

Our one-year Level 6 Art and Design foundation course introduces the learner to a variety of areas in art, design and communication. The course is an excellent foundation for any Level 8 design award, introducing a broad range of design disciplines in Animation, Ceramics, Fashion, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design/Architecture, Photography and Video, Textile Design and Silk Screen Printing before students choose their pathway. 

The key abilities contributing to success in the programme are creativity in design, competence in communication in a variety of media, an ability to draw with a technical understanding and organisation. Griffith's art courses in Dublin draw in candidates that have a keen interest in the cultural and social factors in design, creative expression and innovation with a capacity for both independent work and teamwork.

The purpose of this award is to

  • Foster the student’s creativity through exploration and experimentation and develop a broad range of Art and Design skills.
  • Offer students own study pathways, thorough project electives in Interior Design/Architecture, Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Illustration and Animation.
  • Create an Art and Design Portfolio required for further study pathway progression to Level 8 BA (Hons) programme.
  • Full access to Student Adobe Creative Cloud - All Apps plan, which gives you 20+ cutting-edge creative tools for desktop, mobile, and web

Intake Dates

We run two intakes for this course commencing in Autumn and Spring:

  • September*
  • February*

*subject to sufficient numbers

Are you applying through the CAO?

Read our CAO Guide for everything you need to know about applying through the CAO!

Why Study Art and Design at Griffith College?

Whether you like fashion, interiors, fine art, or even photography. I got the opportunity to find out what I love and what I dislike. The certificate is a perfect stepping stone as you have the option to finish with a level 6 or advance on to a level 7 or 8 in whichever field you desire.

Sadhbh Sutton
Certificate in Art & Design

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