Art is both creative and expressive and it provides an opportunity for the development of the skills necessary for creative engagement with the world. The new Art specification, commencing September 2021, sets out clear expectations for students, across three strands: Research, Create and Respond. Leaving Certificate Art aims to develop in learners the knowledge, skills, understanding and values needed to bring an idea to realisation and to respond to, understand, analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others. Each student is a unique individual and will be enabled to develop their own skill set in a personal way. The student will become aware of the world of Visual Studies, how it can inform their own work and life, and thereby become more aware of their own place in a wider society. There are a range of areas of practice available within Art for students to study, traditional, contemporary, new and/or digital media or a combination of these.

Leaving Certificate Exam

  • Practical Coursework 50%
  • Practical Examination 20%
  • Written Examination (Art History and Appreciation) 30%

Art related Careers

Visual Art engages students in creative thinking, problem solving and innovation. These qualities are essential for any career in business, marketing, advertising, English and literature. Art is directly linked with architecture, fashion design, product/industrial design, education, graphic design, fine art, photography and illustration. 

Creative Arts and Design Jobs

Artist, Print designer, Web designer, Graphic designer, Animator, Ceramicist, Community Arts worker, Teacher / Professor, Curator, Fashion Designer, Architect, Environmental architect, Photographer, Motion graphics, Photojournalist, Film/Television director/producer, Industrial/ product designer, Illustrator, Interior designer, Jewellery designer, Make-up artist, Conservator, Printmaker, Set designer


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