CEAD A/C Course Description


CERTIFICATE IN VISUAL ART PRACTICE (A/C courses)

The Certificate in Visual Arts Practice is one of a
number of accredited courses available to mature
students seeking flexible quality learning opportunities
at NCAD. The course contains multiple (A/C) modules
offering choice to students, who can construct a
sequential programme of learning from a multidisciplinary
modular framework. Students are
required to complete four modules altogether, three
studio practice modules in art and design and one
module in visual culture. Successful completion of four
modules over one to three years part-time will result
in students being awarded a Certificate in VAP
(Visual Art Practice).

This course is a minor award, it is within the national
framework of qualifications (NFQL7) and carries 20
credits. Students who wish to progress and further
develop their knowledge and skills in art and design
are eligible to apply to the part-time Diploma course
at NCAD or to undergraduate courses in art and
design in other art colleges. Students should choose
one course from each category:

1) Drawing and Visual Research; (A/C02, A/C03)
2) Materials and Media; (A/C05, A/CO6, A/C E)
3) Discipline Experience (A/C07, A/CO8, A/C09, A/C10,
A/C11, A/C12)
4) Visual Culture (A/C VC is mandatory for
Certificate)

WHAT ARE AUDIT/CREDIT COURSES?
Audit/Credit (A/C) courses are part-time modules
offered in a range of Fine Art and Design subjects.
A/C courses provide students with an option to study
part-time and build credit toward a recognised
third level qualification.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
The A/C courses are for mature students (21 years
of age) who can demonstrate a commitment to
developing a professional practice in art and design.

The Audit/Credit courses are not suited to beginners.
Normally students applying for A/C will have completed
introductory drawing, painting or portfolio courses or
will have several years experience in related disciplines.

Students will be encouraged to experiment with
materials and establish ways of working which are
in keeping with current developments in visual art
practice.

Two options are provided for students taking
Audit/Credit courses:

• Audit option: students follow the full course
programme but do not submit their work for
assessment and do not gain credit for accumulation
purposes.
• Credit option: students submit their work for
assessment by tutors and gain appropriate credit
which is certified and may be used for accumulation
purposes towards the completion of a
Certificate, Diploma or Degree.

PROGRESSION
Students who successfully complete a Certificate
course with CEAD can apply to the part-time
Diploma course NFQL7

The A/C courses are normally 21/22 weeks in duration.
Students will be asked to undertake additional work
outside of the course contact time. Students can
enrol on one or up to four courses maximum on a
part-time basis each year. Students who achieve the
course outcomes can accumulate credits toward a
Certificate. Completion of four modules over a one to
three year period will result in students being awarded
a Certificate in Visual Arts Practice.

80% attendance is required for those students undertaking
assessment for credit accumulation purposes.
Students choosing to participate in Audit/Credit courses
without undertaking assessment can take courses
randomly within the listing.

REGISTRATION
Students taking the A/C credit option can pay the full
amount including the assessment fee when submitting
their application. Where students opt for auditing the
course and change their mind they can register late,
(closing date October 20th 2017) thereafter there is
no late registration for part-time courses.

Students applying for Audit/Credit courses
should complete the application form and return this to
the college.

The audit/credit courses are divided into four categories.
Students interested in progressing toward a certificate
should choose one course from each category:

Drawing and Visual Research; (A/C02, A/C03)
Materials and Media; (A/C05, A/CO6, A/C E)
Discipline Experience (A/C07, A/CO8, A/C09, A/C10,
A/C11, A/C12)
Visual Culture (A/C VC)

Progression in CEAD

Terms &Conditions

FAQ's


A/C O2
DRAWING: TECHNIQUES AND DEVELOPING IDEAS

Tutors: Berni Markey, BA., Jackie Duignan, BA, MA
Course fee: €415
Day: Tuesday
Duration: 22 weeks, 55 hours tutor contact time
and approximately 66 hours of self
directed learning

COURSE AIMS:
This course, A/C 02 gives students fundamental drawing
skills for Art and Design. Students are taught a wide
range of drawing techniques and how to develop
ideas in sketchbooks, leading to an understanding of
the creative process.

In an encouraging environment, students learn how
to approach and develop project work, to stimulate
and organise ideas, to develop self-evaluation skills
and develop a sketchbook. Contemporary artists are
used as examples to support learning in class, as well
as students being taught to use them as a resource
in their own work. These elements come together
to form the creative process and students learn to
develop their work through an individual personal
project.

Students work from the life model, themselves and
their home environment, the built and natural
environment and objects associated with a given
theme. This course provides a great foundation and
skill set with which to pursue other courses.

Why it would be good to do this course
Students will learn both the technical drawing skills and
techniques for generating ideas. These two aspects are
fundamental to the study of Art and Design at third
level. This course is designed for mature students who
have an interest in art. Students learn to draw and
develop an insight into art making at third level.

The course is divided into two sections:

Section A; Exploring media and skills, concentrates on
working from the life model in studio and outside of
class from figure sources. Students explore a range of
materials such as: charcoal, ink, and implements, paint,
pastels and various surfaces.

Section B, Developing Ideas and Project Work,
provides a thorough grounding in drawing starting with
techniques and exercises progressing to a personal
project brief. Work is developed and explored in
sketchbooks, fostering an understanding of the
creative process.

The learning environment is supportive and tuition is
individual and group based.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the modules students
should be able to:
• Demonstrate drawing skills through visual
investigation of techniques and materials,
• Develop notebooks as a resource for ideas and
extend visual language through research
• Examine contemporary sources and select
appropriate material for project work
• Recognise in ones’ own work areas of further
development,
• Write a personal project outline and develop a
body of work for display,

Assessment will be continuous and tutor led with
group critiques to review progress throughout the
course. Students will need to attend 80% of the
course in order to successfully achieve the learning
outcomes. Assessment includes:
• Feedback on Students’ progress,
• Presentation of Sketch books including –
Contextual Studies (natural and built environment,
human figure) and Historical & Theoretical
• Research /Referencing
• Critiques- oral and visual presentation
• End of course display of students work

Class size: 16


A/C O3
DRAWING/PRINT/MIXED MEDIA

Tutors: Anne Marie Keaveney, BA, M. Litt.
Barbara Dunne, Dip.
Course fee: €420
Day: Wednesday
Duration: 22 weeks, 55 hours tuition,
66 hours self directed learning

COURSE CONTENT:
This course is designed to equip students with the
skills and knowledge to develop their practice in
print and drawing within a contemporary context.
The course contains two parts: Drawing-Mixed
Media and Printmaking. The two subject areas are
complementary and to complete them successfully
students will have to undertake self-directed learning
outside of class time.

Students will be encouraged to use the library,
which contains a rich source of texts for ideas
developments. Students will engage in project work
involving gathering source material for visual research
and notebook work, which can be further developed
through various projects. The same process will
apply to both subjects, students will be encouraged
to experiment, develop ideas and establish a creative
approach to the development of subject matter.
Assessment and feedback will take place at the end
of each term.

Printmaking:
Printmaking techniques and processes, notebook
work, visual research and translation of ideas into
printed plates, using dry point or etching techniques.

Drawing and Mixed media includes: introduction to
research methods, developing a notebook, drawing
techniques, tools and materials: life drawing, contour
drawing, exploring a range of drawing media,
understanding tone and its uses, collage techniques,
wire/fibre and thread, scale and analysis of form and
content, development of project work and submission
of completed projects.

Learning outcomes
Students should be able to:
• Demonstrate the use of etching and dry point
techniques and apply these to the process of
making plates,
• Translate ideas from notebooks, visual research
into printed plates,
• Identify appropriate research sources and record
ideas using notebooks,
• Demonstrate various drawing techniques and use
of materials in project work,
• Write and present a project outline,
• Research and present a self directed project

The course will include: demonstration, lecture,
group discussion, studio critiques, student reviews,
presentation and assessment of work. Students eligible
for assessment will submit work at the end of the
first term and at the end of the second term. Tutors
will provide students with assignments and guidelines
for assessment. Students will need to submit their
assignments on the dates/time specified by the
course tutors. Students who successfully complete
the course learning outcomes will be award.
80% attendance is required to complete the course
outcomes successfully.

Class size: 14


A/C O5
EXTENDING YOUR VISUAL LANGUAGE

Tutors: Mary Burke, BA, MA,
MA (Digital Media Technologies).
Course fee: €415
Day: Wednesday

COURSE CONTENT
This course is suited to students who have several
years drawing and painting experience and wish to
develop their work beyond the structure of the class.
The course will be project based and will require an
additional input of three hours per week outside of
class time. There will be a strong emphasis on research
methods and information gathering. Students will be
encouraged to embark on a series of related works
and set their own long-term projects. Students will be
expected to provide much of their own source material
however a series of short projects will be set in term
1 to provide a framework from which students can
start to develop their own research.

There will also be an optional life drawing/painting
block. Guidance will be given on the editing and
manipulation of material so that it can be integrated
into a cohesive body of work. This course should
help students to become more autonomous in their
work practice. Tuition will be given individually as well
as at a group level. Presentation for assessment for
credits is optional.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this course students
should be able to:
• Demonstrate a structured personal research
methodology through the use of notebooks,
drawings, and possibly a digital camera.
• Progress a single idea through a number
documented stages and processes which can
inform the development of finished works.
• Present a series of related works for display.

Course outline
• Week 1: Introduction to course content. Students will
be given a project brief for the following weeks.
• Weeks 2,3,4,5: Students will commence work on
an observational project. This will involve taking a
single object of their own choosing and investigating
it through a series of observational studies in line,
tone, scale, proportion, positive and negative space,
texture and colour.
• Week 6,7: Students will receive a second project
brief. This will involve the use of collage to create
colour compositional studies, which will act as
a starting point for developing a single large- scale
painting.
• Week 8 – 11: Students will commence work on a
large-scale work based on the compositional studies
completed on week 7.
• Week 12: Students will be asked to decide on the
content for a personal project, which will run for the
duration of Term 2. Much of the research work for
this project will be undertaken outside of class time.
• Week 13 – 20: Work will commence on the major
personal project. Guidance and assistance will be
given in the gathering and manipulation of material.
Students will be brought through each stage of their
project individually.
• Week 21 – 22: Display and assessment of all work.

Assessment
Students undertaking assessment will need to attend
80% of the course.

Students who are eligible for assessment and
successfully achieve the course learning outcomes
will be awarded. Students will present their work for
assessment at the end of the first term and also for a
final assessment.

Students will be given assignments by their course
tutor and present work for assessment on the dates/
times specified in accordance with tutor guidelines for
assessment. Students will receive feedback on their
progress from the course tutor.

Class size: 15


A/C 06
SCULPTURE AND DRAWING
– COMBINING TECHNIQUES

Tutors: Vivian Hansbury, BA, MA,.
Margaret Fitzgibbon BA, MA.
Course fee: €460
Day: Tuesday
Duration: 22 weeks 55 hours tutor contact time
and 66 hours of self-directed learning.

COURSE CONTENT
The course is structured around a series of
demonstrations and project work. The tutors will
integrate the subject areas of drawing, and sculptural
processes throughout. In Semester 1, includes tutor
lead demonstrations on plaster mixing, wax, body
casting and clay mould, as well as visual research and
ideas development with an assignment and group
critique at the end. In Semester 2, students will
develop their personal self-directed project based on
earlier explorations developed during the course.

Students will work through a series of set projects,
which will involve exploration of technical processes,
and the development of conceptual skills applicable
to practice. The course includes: demonstration,
workshops, presentation, critiques and discussion,
which explore drawing, sculpture construction,
conceptual processes and problem solving.

Subjects covered include: plaster mixing, exploring
through materials/visual research, clay, plaster and
silicone mould making, 2D/3D drawing processes
for ideas development, visual research, generating
ideas using notebooks, experimenting with materials.
Students are expected to generate their own subject
material for project work and with the support of the
tutor evolve sustainable self-directed projects from
this.

Learning outcomes:
On completion of the course students should be able
to:
• Identify appropriate technical processes and apply
conceptual skills necessary for the realisation of
individual projects,
• Select appropriate research material for project work,
• Experiment with materials and resolve problems
through process,
• Illustrate the progress of their ideas through the
use of notebooks and sketches,
• Produce a body of work for display,

Entry requirements
Drawing skills, knowledge of modern and contemporary
visual arts practice. Students should be familiar with
using a notebook as a resource for ideas generation
and development, be willing to experiment with
materials and have a commitment to the development
of a studio practice.

Assessment
Assessment will be continuous and tutor lead, and
students will present project work, preparatory
material, notebooks, sketches and display their work
for exhibition. Tutors will provide project briefs, and
guidelines to students in advance. Students will present
work for assessment at the end of the first term and
present for final assessment at the end of the second
term. Students who successfully complete the course
learning outcomes will be awarded. 80% attendance
is required to complete the course successfully.

Class size: 15


A/C E
EMBROIDERED TEXTILE DESIGN

Tutors: Rose Mary Cullen, BDes, MA.
Course fee: €440
Day: Thursday

Entry Requirements
Students should have;
• A basic knowledge of embroidery techniques
having completed the Introduction to Embroidered
Textile Design or similar course.
• An understanding of research methodologies and
an ability to research, record and develop ideas
through a visual notebook.
• Good time-management skills and commitment to
self-directed learning.

COURSE CONTENT
This 22 week course offers students an opportunity
to develop technical and design skills and to expand
their knowledge of contemporary embroidery.
Practice based tutorials and demonstrations will consider
embroidery techniques, their application and exploration.
Throughout the course tutors will, through individual
tutorials and structured presentations, provide an
overview of embroidery from a historical and
contemporary perspective placing it within the
context of art and design practice. Students will be
encouraged to contextualise their own work within
the broader context of embroidery by referencing
other artists and designers. This course is divided into
three modules.

1. Visual investigation and research
As an ongoing part of the course, students will be
required to develop a visual notebook documenting
ideas, processes and outcomes. Tutors will define
the functions of a notebook and through examples,
demonstrate various processes that can be used in
its creation. The notebook should demonstrate the
progress of an idea through the documentation of
visual information (drawing, photography, collage,
sampling etc.).

2. Technical Skills Project
Students will produce a technical library of stitches
based on demonstrations during the course. The
students will create samples, which explore stitches in
their purest forms and in their creative interpretation.
These samples will be created through the exploitation
of stitches by varying scale and density and by the
exploration of various source materials and threads.
This technical library will provide reference points for
further work.

3. Personal Project
Based on the previous two assignments students will
be required to select elements to develop a project
for a design or art outcome. Students will apply
appropriate techniques to execute and present a finished
piece or body of work for assessment. They will also
be required to continue the development of the visual
notebook throughout this module, introducing support
studies and related references as well as the visualisation
of their finished piece/product in context.

Learning outcomes:
On completion of this course the student will be able to:
• Demonstrate a range of embroidery techniques.
• Document and develop visual research, ideas and
technical knowledge through notebooks.
• Apply appropriate design principles, methods and
techniques to translate visual information from
notebooks, drawings and other source material
into embroidery based art and/or design outcomes.
• Develop an awareness of the applications of both
contemporary and traditional embroidery in art
and design.
• Generate and present a coherent body of work
for display.

Assessment
Students will undertake two assignments for assessment,
one in the first term and another at the end of the
course. Students will present notebooks, technical
samples and a body of work for assessment.

Class size: 11


A/C 07
MATERIALS, TECHNIQUES
AND LANGUAGE OF PAINTING

Tutors: Ken Donfield, Dip Fine Art.
Course fee: €415
Day: Friday
Duration: Tutor contact hours: 55 hours
Self directed learning: 66 hours

COURSE CONTENT
This course will be interest to students who are
committed to establishing a studio practice, while
fostering a personal approach to art making. The
twenty-two week course concentrates on expanding
technical skills and knowledge of painting processes,
while developing a professional approach to studio
practices. Students will undertake two projects in
each term and will be expected to bring their own
source material for certain projects.

The course programme includes: research drawing,
from observed and imaginative sources, using a
variety of wet and dry media; drawing and painting
the human figure from life in the studio; and plein air
painting. This class will guide students in responding
to and interpreting visual qualities of light, mass and
texture, focusing on the understanding and application
of colour theory and learning to look closely,
critically and selectively at the composing of a painting.
Students will investigate essential painting techniques
and processes including, mark-making, preparation of
the painting surface, and the addition of painting
mediums to alter the characteristics of paint.
Students may paint in Oils, Acrylics and/or Water
Colours on this course, and will be encouraged to
explore paint for its expressive quality, addressing
concepts of abstraction and representation.

The research process will require visits to the library
and contemporary galleries and museums. Students will
document the evolution of their work, by recording
ideas, research, problem solving and resolution.
Through participation in group and individual reviews,
and critiques, students will develop their visual
vocabulary and be able to locate their work with
reference to contemporary visual arts practice.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this course students
should be able to:

• Define colour theory and apply this knowledge to
project work,
• Engage with and resolve formal painting problems
as part of a project,
• Apply a variety of water and oil based paint media,
primers and supports,
• Select and investigate appropriate source materials
for project work,
• Discuss their work in the context of studio
critiques and project reviews,
• Present a body of work for display.

Assessment
Assessment is continuous and tutor led. Assessment
will take place at the end of the first term and at the
end of final term. Tutors will provide students with
briefs for assignments and information on dates/
times of assessment and give feedback on students’
progress. In order to successfully complete the
course students will need to attend 80% of the time.

Class size: 16


A/C O8
PAINTING AND VISUAL RESEARCH METHODS

Tutors: Felicity Clear, BA, MA. /
Tadhg McGrath, BA, MA,
and other tutors
Course fee: €415
Day: Monday

Entry Requirements
This course is suited to individuals who are interested
in establishing a studio practice in painting and are
familiar with contemporary developments in fine
art. Students attending this course should have basic
drawing and painting skills. Students will be introduced
to the language and techniques of painting and will be
encouraged to experiment with materials. Students
will be encouraged to undertake research and develop
material for self-directed project work.

Criteria
Students applying should:
• have several years of drawing and painting experience
• have experience in using notebooks as a resource
for recording and generating ideas
• be willing to experiment with a variety of drawing
and painting materials
• have a knowledge and interest in contemporary
visual arts practice
• be committed to developing of a studio practice
outside the class

COURSE CONTENT
This course is project based, focusing on research and
experimentation processes within contemporary
painting and drawing practice. Students will work
through two projects in the first term and another two
in the second term. These projects will concentrate
on the exploration and honing of technical processes,
and the development of conceptual and critical skills.
For certain self-directed projects students will be
expected to provide their own subject matter and
source material. The course will further assist students
in discovering and exploring themes and images of
personal significance with command and clarity.

Central to the learning process and course programme
are explorations with drawing, colour and scale.
Studio work will involve drawing from a variety of
source material (observed and invented), with numerous
wet and dry media. The course will focus on the
understanding and control of colour, and on the
expressive application of acrylic, oil, and watercolour
paint. Students will be challenged to experiment
beyond existing boundaries, considering the possibilities
offered by the appropriate manipulation of colour,
light, form, scale and surface. The research process
will require visits to the library and contemporary
galleries and museums. Students will document the
evolution of their work, by recording ideas, research,
problem solving and resolution in their notebooks.
Critiques will encourage the interpretation and
discussion of one’s own work, and the work of other
students and artists.

This course includes practical demonstrations, lectures,
critiques, individual and group tutorials, library research
and gallery visits. Students will present project work,
preparatory material, notebooks and sketches for
assessment, and will be expected to create a cohesive
body of work related to a specific theme by the end
of the course.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the learning outcomes
students should be able to:
• Define colour theory and apply this to project work,
• Engage with formal and conceptual problems as
part of a project,
• Experiment and use competently a variety of
water and oil based paint media,
• Select appropriate research materials for project
work,
• Write a project outline and build a coherent
body of work,
• Present a body of work for display.

Continuous Assessment
Assessment will take place at the end of the first term
and a final assessment at the end of the course.
Students will present their studio work including
sketches, notebooks, and body of work for critical
review and presentation. 80% student attendance is
a course requirement if students are to achieve the
learning outcomes successfully.

Class size: 16


A/C 09
CERAMICS

Tutors: Brigitta Seck, MA.
Course fee: €460
Day: Wednesday

Entry Requirements
Students should have a basic knowledge of ceramic
materials and processes and a willingness to experiment.
Basic drawing skills and an interest in modern and
contemporary visual art practice is useful.

COURSE CONTENT
This course is structured around a series of
demonstrations and project work covering the full
spectrum of 3D design methods. Advanced methods
for building, joining and manipulating clay, surface
treatment including texture and colours as well as
glazing and firing processes are covered.

The first term will have an emphasis on furthering
technical and material skills as well as visual research
methods. Subjects covered include a variety of building
techniques such as coiling, slab work, mould making and
slab moulding, sculptural building, surface decoration
through creating textures, painting with oxides and
coloured clay as well as various printing techniques
onto clay.

As the course progresses students will be encouraged
to engage with more self generated subjects and
incorporating this into their making. Students will
engage in research of personal source images and
contemporary ceramic practice, drawing,
experimentation with materials. Students are required
to develop their visual notebook on a continuous basis.

Subjects covered include, exploring a variety of clays,
making and use of moulds, building and glazing
techniques, 2D/3D drawing processes for idea
development, generating ideas using the notebook,
experimentation with materials. Teaching strategies
include; tutor led demonstrations, student presentations,
critiques and discussions.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this course students
should be able to:
• Apply experimentation and research methods to
the development of ideas
• Respond to and interpret a brief creatively
• Select and utilise appropriate materials, techniques
and methods suited to the design process and
project work
• Record work stages using drawing and photography
in notebook
• Produce a body of work for display

Assessment will be continuous and tutor led with
group critiques to review process throughout the
course. Students who want to undertake assessments
will need to present assignments and attend 80% of
the course and undertake additional work such as
research outside of class contact time.

Class size: 10


A/C 10
PRINTED TEXTILE DESIGN

Tutor: Mel Bradley, BDes, MA.
Course fee: €475
Day: Monday

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Students should complete an introductory course in
textile printing prior to entry, have basic drawing skills
and know how to use a notebook for research purposes.

Course Duration
This course involves approximately 52 hours of tutor
contact time and additional self-directed learning outside
of class time. Students will attend one evening a
week (6:30 – 9pm) for 21 weeks.

Printed Textile Design
The course is suited to individuals who have completed
an introductory textile-printing course with CEAD or
a similar third level or further education body.

This module provides students with an understanding
of design concepts, printing processes and technical
skills. Through project work students undertake visual
research, and understand how to translate ideas from
drawings, photography and notebooks into designs
for textiles. Students will participate in a number of
practical exercises and through this establish a
personal technical vocabulary in the area of print.

COURSE CONTENT
The course provides students with the opportunity
to learn skills and develop their knowledge of and
interest in textile print. The course will encourage
students to build a library of research material that
will be the basis of all their design work. This research
will be collected over the course with each design
brief. Students will be required to keep notebooks
of visual research. They will be encouraged to use the
college library, draw and use photography to build this
research. Once the basic techniques of printing are
mastered students will be encouraged to experiment
and explore the endless possibilities of combining the
various techniques in printed textiles.

Students will become familiar with approaches to
printing, experiment with a range of materials used
in textile design and develop their understanding of
processes involved in printing their individual designs.

The course covers traditional and contemporary
approaches to design and students will be required to
undertake course work outside of class time.

Subjects covered:
• Colour theory,
• Fabric and fibre,
• Repeating pattern,
• Traditional and contemporary approaches to design,
• Exploring scale,
• Ideas and research development,
• Evaluating and selecting materials for project work,
• Printing processes,
• Developing and sustaining ideas through to
completion,

Health and safety processes will be covered and
students will be given a demonstration of appropriate
approaches in the use of equipment. A tutor and
technician will be in attendance throughout the course.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this course the students should be
able to:
• Demonstrate the use of dyes and pigments within
the printing process,
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of the textile
printing process,
• Establish a research process suitable to printing
and design,
• Translate ideas and research materials into designs
suitable for the fashion or interior markets,
• Understand fibre and fabric
• Respond to a design brief creatively and resolve
problems
• Apply techniques of textile print in a creative and
experimental way,
• Present a body of work for assessment/display,

Assessment will be continuous and tutor led with
assignments in term 2.

Class size: 14


A/C 11
JEWELLERY DESIGN

Tutor: Erika Marks, BA. ANCAD
Course fee: €455
Day: Monday
Duration: 21 weeks

The course will include visual research projects and
demonstrations in various techniques and processes,
building to a more comprehensive familiarity with
materials and the subject. The course involves students
in a series of practical studio based projects, which
aims to extend their knowledge of techniques and
develop their understanding of jewellery design.
Through tutorial and demonstration students are
supported to explore the materials and ideas involved
in designing and making contemporary jewellery.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
This course is suited to: individuals who have already
completed an intermediate course in jewellery design
(with CEAD or similar), or have at least one years’
experience of working directly with metal, and want
to progress their ideas and skills through a series of
exercises and projects. Students should already have
acquired basic metalworking and drawing skills, and
have an understanding of visual research processes.

Basic jewellery techniques students are expected to
be familiar with prior to entry include: piercing, use
of pliers, filing, emerying & soldering. A willingness to
experiment with materials and an interest in a
contemporary approach to jewellery design is
important.

COURSE CONTENT
In this course students will concentrate on developing
ideas, experimenting with materials and visual research
processes used in creating individual objects and
artefacts. Thematic projects will encourage students
to investigate a range of techniques and ways of
exploring materials and ideas related to jewellery
design.

Project 1
Students will undertake a project to develop their
visual research skills and understanding of the design
process. This will include a tutor presentation of
different contemporary approaches taken to analysis
and design. The use of library facilities, websites, and
gallery/museum visits will all be encouraged, as will
be the exploration of found materials and different
historical and social concepts, many of which inform
contemporary design. Following successful completion
of the first project students will build on their
experience, moving on to experiment with materials,
both alternative and traditional. Before the end of the
term students will have outlined their own brief for
the main project to be completed in term 2.

Project 2
Students will start the term with their own Project
Brief, which they will develop and refine, with guidance
from the tutor, bringing the project to a conclusion
by the end of the course. It will involve submitting
finished artefacts. Subjects covered in this term will
be in direct response to students’ individual exploration
and research, and could include; different marrying
/joining techniques such as: rivetting, refinement of
soldering, folding; also some casting, patination, cutting
and finishing of alternative materials, felting…

Learning Outcomes
• Originate an idea and develop ideas through research,
• Document and record the research process using
notebooks, drawings,
• Refine a design and follow it through from conception
to production,
• Select appropriate materials suited to the
design process,

As part of the course students should undertake visits
to galleries/museums etc. independently, in their own
time. Students are encouraged to explore all materials
they can think of, as the intention is to approach the
subject of jewellery design with an open mind.

Assessment: Students will present project work in
semester one and at the end of the course, which will
be assessed by the course tutor. Final assessment at
the end of the course will include an external assessor.
Students will present evidence of their research activities
in the form of technical and visual notebooks, drawings
and finished artefacts.

Class size: 14


A/C 12
BRONZE-CASTING AS A SCULPTURAL PROCESS

Tutor: Vivian Hansbury
Course fee: €475
Day: Thursday
Duration: 22 week course, a minimum of 55
hours tuition and as many hours of
self-directed learning.

This course would be of interest to students who want
to extend their knowledge of bronze-casting techniques
and sculptural processes. Through demonstration, and
project work students can develop ideas from initial
stages, through design processes, to final construction
phase. The course involves tutor led demonstration, workshop
presentations and visiting lecturers. Students
may consider taking complementary modules such as
A/C 06 or A/C 02 either as a follow on or in conjunction
with this course.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
This module is suitable for students who have
completed an introductory course in bronze-casting
with CEAD or those who can demonstrate relevant
knowledge, skills and experience of art and design.
Students considering this course should have an
interest in modern and contemporary visual art
practice, have acquired basic drawing skills and know
how to use visual notebooks for documentation and
ideas development. An interest in experimentation is
important for those students taking assessment.

COURSE CONTENT
Subjects covered include: technical demonstrations,
bronze-casting techniques, waxwork, mould making,
sculpture construction, metal finish, patina, selection
and display of work for exhibition. Students will be
encouraged to engage in discussion and experimentation
throughout the course.

Term 1: It is expected students will undertake
projects set by the course tutor, which includes;
researching and developing themes, ideas, research
development, incorporating techniques covered during
demonstration sessions and presenting individual
project work for feedback.

Term 2: With the support of the course tutor, students
should develop a personal project, which they will
bring to a conclusion and present for display. The
second term will include tutor led discussion and
presentation on; display, exhibition of work and
application for group shows. Students are expected
to manage their learning goals within the time set for
the course. Also students are expected to undertake
additional self-directed study outside of course time.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module students
should be able to:
• Demonstrate a range of techniques used to
create forms,
• Illustrate the progress of ideas through the use of
notebooks and sketches,
• Extend their knowledge of bronze casting techniques,
• Experiment with materials and solve problems
through process,
• Plan a research project,
• Present a body of work for display.

Assessment
The course involves continuous and summative
assessment, with students presenting project work
at the end of the first and second term. Students will
present research drawings and visual notebooks as
well as finished bronze work or small series of works
for display.

Please note: There is an additional cost for casting of
bronze work.

Class size: 12


A/C VC
PART TIME AUDIT/CREDIT MODULE
IN VISUAL CULTURE

Course co-orindator:
Fiona Loughnane, Dip.Fine Art, BA, MA.
Course fee: €335
Day: Thursday

Who is this course for?
This twenty-one week course is available part-time
to students who already have a general knowledge of
the history of art and design, and have an interest in
expanding their understanding of twentieth century art,
design and visual culture. The course involves analysis
of visual images, library research and group based
discussion. This module is mandatory for students who
want to complete the certificate in visual art practice
and progress. One hour lecture followed by seminars.

COURSE CONTENT
The programme will focus on; approaches to art and
design history, examine key moments in modernism,
and consider themes and concerns within contemporary
visual culture. The course will primarily focus on
developments in the twentieth century but some
historical material is also covered. It will show how
modernity influenced visual culture and cover the
development of new mediums such as lens based
technology and cultural institutions within the modern
era. The course will provide students with an opportunity
to develop their knowledge of visual culture through
observation, research and analysis of visual material and
key texts. Individuals who wish to become familiar with
current discourse, the language and ideas underpinning
contemporary visual culture, will find this course relevant.

Students who opt for assessment will be required to
attend tutorials and submit a written assignment.

Histories
1) What is Art History?
2) What is Design History?*
3) Some Recent Approaches to Art History
4) What is Visual Culture?

Society
5) Realism, Modernism and Modernity in 19th
century art
6) Industrialisation and the rise of Modernist Design
7) Realism, Modernism and the emergence of the
new Irish State
8) Women, Modernism and Irish Society

Place/Space/Environment
9) The theme of Landscape in Visual Art,
10) Land Art
11) Green Design*
12) Visit to a gallery/exhibition

Technologies
13) The Photograph as Document
14) The Photograph as Art
15) The Digital Image and Video Art

Identities
16) Issues of Identity in Contemporary Art
17) Local, National and Global Identity in
Contemporary Art
18) Fashion and Identity

Display
19) The Neutrality of the Museum Display
20) The Display of Modern Art
21) Display, Spectacle and Consumer Society

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module students will
be able to:
• Describe the key theories and ideas that inform art,
design and visual culture in the modern period.
• Outline a variety of theoretical and methodological
tools that can be applied to the study of art, design
and visual culture.
• Show insight into the nature of museum display
• Critically analyse an artwork using a variety of
criteria including: the social context in which it is
created; the cultural meanings it embodies; the style
of the work and the intentions of the artist/designer.

Class size: 26

A/C Visual Culture course will take place between
6.30 – 8.30pm this includes a short break.
Students intending to take assessment will be
required to complete one written assignment.
Group tutorials (1 hour x 2 sessions from 5.30
– 6.30) on research and writing essays will take
place in term 1 and term 2.