Further Education

Further Education 2021-2022

Advanced Certificate in Drawing and Visual Inquiry 6M4029

Drawing as a means of inquiry is essential for artists and designers as a research and exploratory tool. 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. 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 international projects for details see: http://galwaytofinland.wordpress.com/

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
  • Printmaking 6N3568
  • 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. See * CAO


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May. The timetable is scheduled over three consecutive days per week.

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
  • DES Programme Participation Contribution: €200
  • QQI Certification Fees: €80

TOTAL: €455

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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

I was a student in GTI on the Drawing and Visual Inquiry course. Prior, 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. I had had some previous albeit interrupted education in fine art and the desire to practice art returned.

After years of not making art I believed that I didn’t have the ability or the creativity to make art. I struggled with my health again and I gave up, however the want to create never left me. 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, I learned how to explore art making and materials and how to be supported in that.

I still draw from what I experienced there 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 readings, philosophies and artists making art and spending time with us, doing their art and practically like how to hang a show, which supported me as an adult to develop my way of working.

Siobhan Potter In this year I realised that I needed more and I went on to GMIT to graduate with a first class honours because of the start I got in GTI. I now work as an artist, my Art work has been shown in national and European exhibitions, and my health has improved to the point where I can work part time as a psychotherapist. Each practice compliments the other. All of this is due to the good start I got in GTI.