• Code: 5M5048
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Creative Media 
  • Duration: One Year, September to May


This is a one year full-time programme that enables students to develop their observational skills, to explore creativity and personal expression through a broad range of creative digital processes including drawing, animation drawing, computer illustrated graphics, digital photography, graphic design, Photoshop and web authoring.

Programme of Study*
  • Animation Drawing Studies
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Work Experience
  • Digital Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Image Processing/ Photoshop
  • Digital Video Editing
  • Web authoring

* Modules subject to change

Entry Requirements

It is desirable that students should be of Leaving Certificate Standard or have achieved an Applied Leaving Certificate with Distinction. Portlaoise Institute welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and do not require the above qualifications. 

All students are required to complete an assessment before commencing a Further Education course in Portlaoise Institute. This assessment confirms if the student has the required level of English and Maths (if applicable) to complete a Level 5 course. 

Career Opportunities

Student require the skills and knowledge to working for yourself in the design field.

Higher Education Progression*

Here are examples of courses students can progress to based on successful completion: 

Examples of courses you can progress to:

CAO Code Course Title College NFQ Level
AL861 Bachelor of Arts  Animation and Illustration Athlone IT 8
AL763 Bachelor of Arts Graphic Design Athlone IT 7
DT559 Bachelor of Arts Photography Dublin IT 8
LC518 Digital Animation Production   Limerick IT (Clonmel 8
LC502 Game Art & Design Limerick IT (Clonmel) 8

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Coordinator

Sean Scully, sscully@portlaoisecollege.ie

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