Griffith College

Certificate in Art and Design Foundation Studies

Certificate in Art and Design Foundation Studies

Certificate in Art and Design Foundation Studies

This course is designed to prepare students in the areas of art and design so they may broaden their opportunities to progress into further 3rd Level study

Design student working on a project
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QQI Level:6

Our Art and Design foundation course introduces the learner to a broad range of areas in the discipline of Art & Design. It is a interdisciplinary programme of study over one academic year that encourages exploration and experiment with different art and design disciplines & media.

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to develop an analytical and methodical approach to  art work and developing designs.

It is also to introduces the learner to a broad range of design disciplines before choosing their pathway in Interior Design/ Architecture, Fashion & Textiles, Graphic design & Illusration and Animation. It also allows students a pathway onto a level 8 award.

The key abilities which contribute to successful individual participation on the programme have been identified as: creativity in design; competence in communication in a variety of media; an ability to draw; technical understanding; and organisation.  Candidates are expected to have a keen interest in: the cultural and social factors in design; creative expression and innovation; and to have a capacity for both independent work and teamwork. 


Semester 1

  • Studio Projects  1   
  • Free Hand Drawing 1  
  • Computer Studies  
  • Art & Design History  

Semester 2

  • Studio  Projects  2 & Portfolio 
  • Studio Drawing  2
  • Intro to Digital Design  
  • Design Principles & Research Methods   
Entry Requirements
General Requirements

Leaving Certificate

5 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or other language) and either Maths, Art or Design and Communication Graphic.

Mature Applicant

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2017 must provide a copy of ID i.e. passport

English Language

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the admissions team

FETAC/PLC Entry Requirements: 

Level 5: Min. Pass in a Full Level 5 Award achieved. 


Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme, please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email:

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

Please Note: A registration fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 5,500
How to Apply
  • Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2017 must apply through the CAO system Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2017 applications. CAO Course code: GC491.
  • Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January, 2017 must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the website homepage . Mature applicants will be asked for a copy of their passport.
Academic Progression: 

Students who complete this course can progress onto year one of the BA (Hons) in Fashion Design, the BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture, BA (Hons) in Animation or the BA (Hons) in Design Communications.

Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about this course, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of our admissions team.