Further Education

Further Education 2022-2023

Advanced Certificate in Drawing and Visual Inquiry 6M4029

This course is designed to enable participants to learn and explore fundamental visual research skills common to many art and design professions and disciplines and to develop these skills at an advanced level. Drawing as a means of inquiry is essential for artists and designers as a research and exploratory tool. This course may enhance existing experience in art, design or other areas and enables progression to further qualifications. This course is also very useful for those who wish to re-enter a third level course after a break in study. Students who complete this course are eligible to apply to year two of a Degree programme in art or design third level, higher education colleges, subject to availability of places. Students from this course may also participate in Erasmus+ placements *subject to COVID guidelines*

This course is designed to

Enable participants to learn and explore fundamental visual research skills common to art and design professions and disciplines.

Entry requirements
  • QQI Level 5 Award in Art or equivalent
  • Interview
  • Mature Applicants Welcome

When attending interview, applicants are requested to bring with them some evidence of their interest in Art. What we are looking for is primarily drawing from observation but also evidence of your interest in visual art or design. This can take many forms: notebooks, painting, photography, diaries, poetry, models or any other ideas. Please feel free to bring whatever you feel best represents you, your interests and abilities.

  • Drawing 6N3569
  • Painting 6N3452
  • Art Appreciation 6N3450
  • Sculpture 6N3570
  • Work Experience 6N1946
  • Constructive Thinking Skills 6N3448
  • Combined Materials 6N3587
  • Studio Practice 6N3671

Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.


QQI Level 6 Award in Art 6M4029

How the course is taught

The course is delivered through ongoing projects and tutorials. Students are encouraged to become self-motivated and disciplined through ongoing academic achievement and tutor feedback.

Progression to Higher Education

Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Students can also apply to year two of a Degree programme in art or design subject to availability of places. See * CAO


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May.

Career Opportunities

The course is designed to enhance existing skills and capabilities in a variety of art-related fields.

Adult Education

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.

  • Student Services Fee: €175

  • QQI Certification Fees: €80

TOTAL: €255

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Please Note

GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.

Student Testimonial : Siobhan Potter

Prior to graduating from the Drawing and Visual Inquiry course, I had worked for the HSE and in private practice as a psychotherapist I had to stop work for health reasons and I was considered unlikely to be fit to work again. After years of not making art I believed that I didn’t have the ability or the creativity to make art. GTI believed enough in me to give me a place on a course that is much applied for. I needed that belief until I could believe in myself.

I remembered that I can draw, also I learned how to explore art making and materials and how to be supported in that. I still draw on what I experienced in GTI in my current studio work. I learned how to think and make again and to believe in myself as an artist and to consider what I would need to further support my practice. My critical and reflective practice was nurtured on the course, through exposure to art philosophies and artists, along with practical workshops on things like how to hang a show, which supported me to develop my way of working.

On graduating from GTI, I went on to GMIT to complete a first class honours degree. I now work as an artist, and my art work has been shown nationally and in European exhibitions. I also work part time as a psychotherapist, where each practice compliments the other. All of this is due to the good start I got by studying Art at GTI.