QQI Awards in Art, Craft & Design, Level 5 & in Art, Level 6

The course is designed to give the student an insight into the design and making of craftwork.The areas of study covered on the course at Level 5 are: Art Metalwork, Batik, Ceramics, Design, Drawing, Printmaking and Woven Textiles, Communications and Work Experience.The areas of study covered on the course at Level 6 are: Batik, Creative Application Ceramics, Design, Drawing, Printmaking, Silversmithing & Fabrication and Woven Textiles, Communications, Work Experience and Exhibition Techniques.The course is further complemented by a series of visiting lecturers on a broad range of craft/art related subjects, visits to exhibitions and field trips.

Please note: Application forms and SAE must be returned before 31st March to: Course Director, Grennan Mill Craft School, Island Mill, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Interviews will be held in early May.


  • A good Leaving Certificate or equivalent is the norm but exceptions may be made in certain cases. There is no age limit.
  • A portfolio of work, which should include: design work, sketch books, life drawings, nature studies, craftwork and photographs of any large 3D work. (about 25 pieces in total)
  • Interview.
  • A confidential report from your school principal or art teacher must accompany the application form.


  • Department of Education and Skills PLC Participant Contribution Fee of €200.00. This contribution is an annual charge. The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the contribution: Full medical card holders in their own right and their dependent children; those who are eligible under the student grant scheme; those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (B TEA) or Vocational Training Opportunity Scheme (VTOS) allowances.
  • QQI (formerly FETAC) examination fees are £50.00 Level 5 & €80 Level 6.
  • Course materials fees are €500.00 (Students who are exempted from the participant contribution will still have to pay the course charge)


This is held annually and usually during the last week of May. Second year students exhibit their work in the areas of Batik, Ceramics, Drawing, Metalcraft, Printmaking and Woven Textiles.


Grennan Mill has no particular Open Day but we do have an open door policy and you are welcome to call the school to make an appointment so that you can be shown around the school

Grennan Mill Craft School is proudly supported by



Application can be made through Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI):

Email: to see if you are eligible for a grant as personal circumstances are different for everyone.



Summer courses are designed to cater for a wide range of participants, from the beginner to the art/craft teacher. Each course covers a variety of techniques, skills and design work in some of the following crafts: Batik, Ceramics, Drawing, Printmaking, Metalcraft and Woven Textiles.  For further information please contact the school in early spring for course details on offer as they do vary each year.


A series of evening classes in a variety of craft and art related subjects are held twice a year at Grennan Mill Craft School.  For further information please contact the school in early September and early January for their current programme.

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