This exciting course progresses from Art Craft and Design and Creative Art for Enterprise level 5. The course allows for students to make direct applications to the second year at Art College or to advance their art skills, whilst developing the necessary expertise to establish studios as professional Artists/Designers/Craftspeople.

Students are provided with a dedicated workspace and are offered support and encouragement through individual tutorials by experienced professional arts practitioners.

An integrated approach to drawing, painting, ceramics, combined materials, art appreciation, allows the students the confidence to further develop their own personal creative skills and concepts.  Practical workshops are tailored to equip each student with the skills to either continue in independent professional practice or to progress to third level study.

There is direct progression into Art 2 from Art, Craft and Design and Creative Art for Enterprise courses here at West Cork Campus CCOC



1 year


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Course Fees

€580 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €280)



QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Art 6M4029

QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths for progression)


Aisling Roche

(028) 21644

  •  Drawing 6N3569
  •  Painting 6N3452
  •  History and Appreciation of Art and Design 6N3450
  •  Work Experience 6N1946
  •  Communications 6N1950
  •  Creative Application Ceramics 6N3445
  •  Sculpture 6N3570
  •  Combined Materials 6N3587
  • QQI Level 5 Award in Art, Craft, Design, Creative Art for Enterprise, Interior Design or equivalent art experience. All applicants are interviewed. Portfolio of work

Fully equipped practical rooms

Professional guest speakers

Site visits

390 CAO points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.

For full details on progression opportunities see these links:

Cork Colleges Progression Scheme

QQI-FETAC Requirements

  • Sherkin Island Visual Art (DT589)
  • CIT Crawford BA (hons) Fine Art (CR220)
  • CIT Crawford BA (hons) Contemporary Applied Arts (ceramics, glass, textiles) (CR210)
  • CIT Crawford level 8 Special Purpose Award in Fine Art Textiles. (CR_ATEXT_8)
  • NCAD BA Textiles and Surface Design (AD101)
  • GMIT BA Art and Design (GA270)
  • LIT First year Art and Design (LC110)

Thomastown Crafts Council certificate, CCoI ceramics and design skills course.

Self-employment as practicing artists-exhibitions/commissions etc. Arts Administrators and technicians, galleries, arts centres and community based projects. All students and Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.

“It has been a huge journey of personal development for me, a really positive experience. The time table is ideally suited to the mature students and each student is given the opportunity to progress at their own pace. Individuality is encouraged and nurtured. Both courses have helped me to realise my potntial. Two years ago, I wouldn´t have thought it possible that i would be applying to 3rd Level College. Now I am actually studying for my degree. It has been a life changing experience for me, the possibilities are endless.”

Regina Crowley


Deirdre is from Clonakilty and is a professional singer/songwriter. She is no stranger to the creative process and has always enjoyed the making of albums rather than the performance.

“I have always dreamed about going back to college. I had my family when I was young and now that they are both older I can give myself the time and space to do something for me. I saw an advertisement in the newspaper for Rossa College and felt it was welcoming especially to the mature student. I could do the school drop off, get to class and be back to Clon for the school collections. That is fantastic”.

Deirdre completed Level 5 and decided to continue onto Level 6.

“Coming to Rossa College was honestly the best decision I have ever made for myself and that is no exaggeration. I was at a very vulnerable point in my life. Art has helped me to express myself in ways that words cannot capture. The experience has been both fascinating and restorative. My confidence has grown so much as a result of being in such a creative and encouraging environment. I am now very excited to explore the creative spill between music and art in the coming years.

During the year on Level 6 Deirdre has developed her theme of home and examined her own life’s learning of how to let go, to lose control and how to find the balance between protection and freedom.

Deirdre Archbold


Guy is from England originally and moved to Ireland in 1991 to work as a cabinet maker. Guy can turn his hand to anything and has worked as a furniture maker, house builder, boat building and is also a musician and teaches the banjo. He has volunteered teaching woodwork and helping to build a community centre in Africa. For two years Guy worked with The NCBI assisting a blind person after this experience he decided to study on the Fetac Healthcare Course in Rossa College in 2014.

“I actually like working with and being with people. For a long time I have been interested in Art and Design. I love the design side of furniture making. The sketching and working out the designs and thinking of new ideas. I had been at Rossa College already and was familiar with the facilities and the staff so I felt that going on to the Level 6 Art Course was a good opportunity for me to explore new possibilities.”


“The course required a large time commitment as I have still continued to work part time during the course. However I have enjoyed the course. It has given me a chance to learn new skills in drawing, ceramics and painting. I have also been able to use the skills I have from wood working to create work using cardboard and ceramics. The staff and fellow students are very encouraging and create a good atmosphere to work in.”

Guy was interested in every day patterns that are around us.  He played with a variety of different materials and patterns through his work. What became fascinating to him was the idea how the viewer can recognise different patterns but not always trust their senses. He wants the viewer to interact with the work and to look beyond the everyday.

Guy Dalton