Fine Art Diploma

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  Course Title

  Fine Art Diploma

  Length of Study

  2 years Full-Time / 4 years Part-Time

  Award by

 Freshart College


  EQF: 5 = CYQF: 5b

  Start Date





  City Centre

  Tuition Fees

  €6000 / per year

  Study Grant

  Up to €3417 *

*Study Grant may only provided by certain socioeconomic criteria are met according to the relevant legislation.

Our Fine Art Diploma is a specialist programme of study that covers the fundamentals and develops the required practical skills in the field of Fine and Digital Arts. It also develops a critical awareness of the historical, contextual and social issues relevant to the practice.

During your studies you will have the opportunity to use contemporary equipment and facilities in exceptional and professional designed studios, to be ready to enter the industry and become aware of and fully equipped with all technical skills.

Over the two years you will be introduced to traditional and contemporary Art techniques, industry requirements and opportunities, and you will develop appropriate making and creating skills, which will lead you to develop and present your own art outcomes.


Year 1

Semester 1

The 1st semester of study is mostly investigational, experimental and research based, in order to start defining the perspectives of the fields of specialization. It will help the students to better understand their course specifications and values, and they will be introduced technically and conceptually to the course and to industry expectations.

Specialization Roles in the Industry and Design Development – Contextual Studies
(30 credits)

The purpose of this module is to define specialized roles in the industry, expectations, and to develop necessary skills, such as defining personal career goals. Students will build critical skills, and learn about social, historical and cultural theories and practices, as well as how to prepare a personal development plan.

Art & Design Techniques & Idea Processes (part set assignment)
(30 credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop a general understanding and knowledge of art & design areas, which will help students to distinguish the differences between the fields of specialization, as to create appropriate techniques and processes within the art & design fields and personal practice, through historical and contemporary research. The students will learn techniques on how to generate new ideas and possible solutions and they will evaluate the importance of discovering and connecting new media and materials to their working processes.

Semester 2

Material Exploration to Final Art/Craft Production
(60 credits)

The purpose of this module is to introduce students into the wide range of creative disciplines associated with material exploration, new technologies and processes, as well as traditional methods and making crafts. They will use new materials, mediums and formats, and they will learn how to relate conceptual development to final work production. Thus, this module aims to develop students’ range of skills in traditional art practices, through experimentation with material, colour, surface, form and texture, allowing them to enter successfully into chosen industry. The module ends with the students’ first series of developed work, from the very beginning to the final presentation of their produced outcomes.

Year 2

Semester 3

Contemporary Art Practice
(60 credits)

During the 3rd semester students will learn how to use traditional tools and techniques of creating (like drawing, painting, sculpting and printmaking), digital demonstrations (like photography, software design and film applications), and they will be introduced to art crafts, installations, film production and sound. They will also need to develop interdisciplinary collaboration and creative engagement through a mini project that will bring different field skills together from different art and design specializations. At this stage, students will identify their role in the creative industry, which will also be reflected in their personal practice by selecting and applying methods and techniques to own working practices.

Semester 4

Advanced Art Practice – Concept and Material Development
(60 credits)

The final semester engages students in an extended study by developing an in-depth project that will allow them to establish their own art identity. They will learn the relationship between concept and material selection, and they will define their target audience. This module aims to carry out a full project cycle, including iterative development, in depth research and multiple material / media testing, pursuing feedback for extended development. At this stage, they also can expand their knowledge on industry requirements as they will be placed on an internship for a period. Work experience will prepare them for the transition from study to employment or to the next level/stage of study. At this stage, they will have the opportunity to develop and expand their concept, participate in collaborative projects and competitions, analyze and select materials and media for their work development and conclude to final outcomes where they will present/ exhibit professionally to public or chosen audience.


Introduction to Visual Arts (FA101). Students will learn key movements and techniques used for traditional and contemporary creations. Introduction to analytical approaches and theoretical background related to the development of visual arts in the modern and contemporary framework. Students will develop critical thinking in relation to visual arts and concept. Essay submission.

History of Art (FA102). This unit invests historical and contemporary art concepts as well as art techniques and approaches. It analyses in depth the art history since Renaissance until the 20th century. Students will examine and explore art movements gaining a critical thinking through discussions, on the stylistic, aesthetic development of art and be aware of the socio-historical background. Essay (lectures/seminars) patchwork submission.

Fundamentals of Drawing (FA103). The unit presents drawing values and techniques from life: visual skills, manual skills, techniques of measurement and comparison, allowing students to make use of traditional and contemporary materials. It defines methods of visual research supporting critical thinking and the improvement of visual/observational skills. Part/ Combined with studio practice work.

Painting and Printmaking I (FA104). Introduction to painting and printmaking applying the required technical skills for further development. The unit provides technical knowledge and supports experimentation and risk-taking through the use of different media. Part/ Combined with studio practice work.

Figure Drawing (FA105). The unit is based to human form studies. Students will learn to draw a proper figure from different ways of measurement and drawing techniques. It develops awareness of anatomy, skin texture and proportions in order to create accurate results, based to their research and observational skills. Independent or Part/ Combined with studio practice work.

Figure and Movement (FA106). The unit develops understanding on the notions of the figure and movement within contemporary artistic practice. It explores the concept of screen movement with the development of an individual language through drawing and induct students to basic principles of experimental animation. Independent or Part/ Combined with studio practice work.

Photography I (FA107). The Unit’s purpose is to provide full understanding of manual camera technology and to demonstrate the knowledge through digital photographic technology practice. It explores own creativity, ideas and concepts in preferable field. Part/ Combined with studio practice work.

Process and Project Based Practice (FA108). At this Unit students will develop their own project brief, and they will understand the significance of experimental work in order to achieve an integrated outcome. The unit includes hand – making workshops and lectures. Combined with studio practice work.

Art Studio Practice (FA109). The Unit provides the appropriate art studio environment to students, in order to be able to work professionally as artists. It promotes problem solving techniques and encourage students to use appropriate skills for modifications and work development, beneficial to their creative practice.

Sculpture and Installation (FA110). The Unit Introduces students to sculptural theory and practice through lectures, seminars and a series of workshops. They learn the rules and regulations for constructing sculpture and installations. Independent or Part/ Combined with studio practice work.

Modern & Contemporary Art (FA201). The Unit Introduce to the students the central ideas of 20th century, art movements and artists. It introduces analytical approaches and theoretical background related to the development of visual arts in the modern and contemporary framework, developing students’ critical thinking. Essay submission.

Sculpture and Installation II (FA202). The Unit analyze sculptural modes and methods in existing work. Students will build up their sculptural skills through an experimental approach to the media and in line with contemporary practices, applying the best results to their overall practice. Independent or Part/ Combined with studio practice work.

Drawing II (FA203). Students will develop further drawing and observation skills. The unit aims to present and refine principles of colour theory as and to support extended experimentation with various of drawing media and techniques. Independent or Part/ Combined with studio practice work.

Painting and Printmaking II (FA204). Students will build up their painting and printmaking skills through an experimental approach to the media and in line with contemporary practices. Through practical projects and the selection of a thematic, students will learn to adapt best results to their work development. Part/ Combined with studio practice work.

Digital Imaging (FA205). Introduction to the way digital imaging is used for communication purposes. Students will research and experiment with certain materials and media to examine the significance and the value of digital image in graphic communication. Independent or Part/ Combined with studio practice work.

Illustration (FA206). Introduction to illustration importance as a creative tool of communication. Unit aims to the understanding of the purpose and use of illustration as a visual communication tool. It analyses the way that an illustration transforms and changes the meaning of an image. Independent or Part/ Combined with studio practice work.

Photography II (FA207). This course is designed to provide opportunities to students to expand and make use of skills and knowledge gained in Photography I. Students will develop further their critical understanding and analytical skills of the relationship between photography, other media and graphic practices, visual art skills and the role of the technology. Independent or Collaborated project.

Collaborative Art Practices (FA208). Student will be able to understand the significance of collaborative art practices within the contemporary arts and creative fields. They will have the opportunity to be part of a group project and explore different collaborative arts methodologies. Collaborated project.

Advance Art Studio Practice (FA209). Unit provide an appropriate art environment with certain equipment and studios for students to work professionally as artists. Students will have access to library and research facilities in order to be able to do intellectual multi-disciplined fine art investigational research based on their interests as artists. It encourage students to be more self-reflective with their work and introduce them to further methods of visual analysis. Independent studio practice work.

Applied Art Education (FA210). Introduction to multiple arts and education practices focusing on expertized artists, teachers, museum educators, community facilitators and state cultural offices. Students will have the opportunity to realize formal and non-formal aspects of arts education. Independent or Combined with studio practice work.