Our Skills & Design Courses

The Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) offers two specialised courses based in Kilkenny, throughout these two-year intensive programmes students work directly with established craftspeople in Ireland and abroad. The work placements undertaken in the second year give students an invaluable insight into the day-to-day running of a professional studio, while allowing them to hone their skills and expertise. 

Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course 
This course was stablished over 20 years ago in response to the demands of the sector for skilled training in jewellery design and making. The emphasis on design and craftsmanship enables graduates from this course to sucessfully progress within the industry in Ireland and aboard. Graduates emerge from the course not only with technical abilities but also with experience of the commercial realities of running a craft business such as working to deadlines and commissioning budgets. www.jewellerycourse.ie

Ceramics Skills & Design Course
This course promotes self-directed learning and development with open access to fully equipped workshops to industry standard. The combination of environment, facilities and expertise in training and the relevance of the course curriculum to the ceramics industry makes this course unique within ceramics training in Ireland. www.ceramicscourse.ie

Please note that annual student contribution fees are being introduced for the two-year programmes at the DCCI Centres of Excellence. These fees will apply to the ceramics intake in September 2020 for the 2020 - 2022 programme and to the jewellery intake in September 2021 for the 2021 - 2023 programme. The fees will be €2,000 per annum for Irish/EU citizens. (Fees for UK students studying in Ireland will remain at EU level for the 2020 ceramics intake.) Fees of €9,500 per annum will apply for non-EU students in line with standard practice in the higher education sector. For further information, please email education@dcci.ie.