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Visual Arts in the Diploma Programme

  • Baccalaureate
  • Diploma Programme (DP)

Interview with our Visual Arts teacher & Artist

Visual Arts in DP

Visual Arts is one of many subjects we offer in Diploma Programme, but quite unique and meaningful for the development of the students who choose this subject. In this brief interview, Edward, our Art teacher who is a fantastic artist, answers some questions about this subject.  He says: “I always had a passion for art and always wanted to be a teacher. When I finished school, I did a one-year-portfolio course which got me top points and allowed me to choose any college in Ireland but for health reasons I had to choose one that was close to home. I went on to study Visual Arts Practice in the Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Since then, I have practiced art, participated in multiple exhibitions, group and solo and taught art in a variety of environments.”

Q:    Do the students need to have prior knowledge in art to choose this subject?

A:    Prior knowledge is not essential, but it would obviously be extremely beneficial to the student, especially those looking toward doing HL Visual Art. A strong work ethic and passion for the subject will help students who have no prior knowledge achieves their goals.


Q:     What skills are acquired when studying Visual Arts?

A: Students will learn and develop skills across 3 artmaking forms 2D (drawing, paint), 3D(sculpture, readymade) and 4D(digital photography, iphonography). Students will also be taught appreciation of Art and the idea of conceptual artwork.


Students will acquire a range of skills across the artmaking forms. As students start off with drawing, for example, they might choose to focus on and work with a certain material. Students will be given instruction on how to use that material with the aim of them acquiring the skill to use it competently. Students will aim to develop their drawing skill and techniques through tuition and practice. In 3D, students will aim them develop their understanding of materials and how they can apply them in making their art and so on.


As students develop their understanding of these artmaking forms in their process journal, they will also be developing their understanding of ‘concept’, what it is they want their eventual body of work to communicate to their intended audience. Once they acquire this understanding it will really help them create a portfolio of work that art colleges love to see. As it goes beyond aesthetic and shows creative thought and communication it will show the students ability to think beyond the art and conceptual understanding is very important, especially in the Visual Arts.


Q:        What University careers is it beneficial to study Visual Arts for?

A:   These are just some of the careers associated with Visual Art.

Advertising art director

Art therapist

Commercial art gallery manager

Community arts worker


Exhibition designer

Fine artist

Graphic designer


Museum/gallery exhibitions officer


Secondary school teacher


Q:     Could you describe a student's path when choosing this subject?

A:   For the students´ path one could be to create a successful body of work a Portfolio, that they can use to enter their chosen university but even if the end goal isn’t a degree in art. Practicing art can really help students in other academic subjects. As it sparks creativity, it gives them an opportunity to think outside of the box and grow socially and emotionally by understanding the vast impact art has on them and world around them.


Here you can find more information about Visual Arts in Diploma Programme

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