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National College of Art and Design offers the largest range of art and design degrees in Ireland at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The College's campus is situated in Thomas Street, in the historic Liberties area of Dublin. The College has 1,000 full time students and a further six hundred students who are taking evening courses. The College has four faculties: Design, Education, Fine Art and Visual Culture.

A tutorial system operates throughout the College and many of the courses are project based. Students' progress is monitored at the end of projects, and by examination at the end of each year.

The Faculty of Fine Art teaching combines the traditional disciplines such as drawing and painting with an open experimental approach which allows individuals to realise their ideas in a wide range of media.

The Design Faculty is the largest in the College and comprises ceramics, glass, metals, fashion design, industrial and product design, textile design and visual communication.

The Faculty of Visual Culture interacts with other faculties in providing the visual culture elements of all NCAD degrees. The Faculty of Visual Culture also offers an undergraduate degree in Visual Culture as well as a number of postgraduate taught and research degrees (PhD).

The Faculty of Education provides for the education of teachers of art, craft and design in second-level schools. There are two modes available: the four-year joint honours degree in Design or Fine Art and Education, and the one-year postgraduate Professional Diploma in Art and Design Education. The Faculty also provides a Graduate Diploma in Community Arts Education.

 NCAD drives radical and creative innovation through excellence in research-led art and design education. It empowers its students to shape the contemporary world through critical practice, studio-based learning, research and engagement.

Studying at Art & Design College is different, it is about learning through practice and research, through making, through doing and through creating. NCAD has always had critical practice at the heart of its curriculum. The graduates, whether in Design, Fine Art, Education or Visual Culture are equipped to approach situations, questions or challenges through a process of thinking creatively that they learn while students here. They are well qualified to bring their creativity and skills to many different careers when they leave NCAD, and NCAD graduates have gone on to make their mark in many areas of the economy and society.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Students who have not been educated through English must show proof of achieving IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 in the writing section on the Academic Version) or an equivalent score in another accepted test.

For all profiency tests the results must not be less than 2 years old.




NCAD does not operate the Leaving Certificate/CAO points scheme for programmes requiring a portfolio submission. Offers are made based on a portfolio score to applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements.
For students presenting Leaving Certificate, you must have at least 6 subjects, two of which must be at level H5 or higher. Subjects that must be included in this are: English, Irish and either a third language, or Art or Design Communications Graphics (DCG).


Applicants to Year 1 will be required to submit certified transcripts of their second-level examinations (with an official translation to English if necessary) if they are successful at the portfolio examination stage of the selection procedure.

Students from outside Ireland applying to Years 2, 3 or 4 of courses must also submit certified transcripts of their third-level college examinations, together with two letters of recommendation from their college: one from either the Director of their college or their Head of Department and one from their course tutor.
In the case of applicants to Years 2, 3 or 4 these documents should be enclosed with the completed application form.


An approved bachelor degree at a minimum level of 2nd Class Honours. The College will consider applications from holders of diplomas in art or design (minimum level 2nd Class Honours or equivalent) in a field of study related to the proposed subject matter for a master's degree.
 Applications on the basis of proven relevant work experience will be considered.

First Year Art & Design (Common Entry)

A common Entry Pathway leading to degree options in all areas of Art and Design

•             Art - Print /  Media / Painting / Sculpture / Ceramics & Glass / Textile Art & Artefact

•             Design - Fashion Design / Graphic Design / Illustration / Textile & Surface Design / Jewellery& Objects

 Illustration and Graphic Design

Degree options in Illustration (drawing, image making, and animation), or in Graphic Design

  Textiles, Jewellery & Objects

Degree options in Textile & Surface Design or Jewellery & Objects

  Design or Fine Art & Education (Second Level Education)

Degree Options in Joint Honours Design & Education or Joint Honours in Fine Art & Education

  Fine Art

Degree Options in Print / Media / Sculpture / Ceramics & Glass / Textiles Art & Artefact

  Fashion Design

  Product Design

 Visual Culture

 Interaction Design


•             MA / MFA  Art in the Contemporary World

•             MA Design History & Material Culture

•             MA Socially Engaged Art + Further Education 

•             Professional Master in Education (Art & Design)

•             MSc Medical Device Design

•             MFA Fine Art

•             MFA Digital Art

•             MFA Design

•             MA Interaction Design



Student Accommodation Students from outside the Dublin area are advised to arrive in advance of the beginning of the semester to allow time to find accommodation. NCAD Students’ Union have set up a Facebook page – NCAD Accommodation Network - for sharing options and information on accommodation. NCAD has no student residences and does not have an accommodation service.

Students from outside Ireland or the UK should obtain information on scholarships from the Ministry of Education and Science of their own country (or other appropriate state agency). Students who have not established residence in Ireland are not eligible for maintenance grants from Irish grant authorities.

Quick Facts





Fees ranges around 13,500- 16,500 Euro annually


Recent estimates for the cost of living in Dublin have ranged between €8,000 and €12,100, largely depending on the type of accommodation chosen, including rent, electricity, food, books and laundry and medicine as well as travel passes and social expenses, but excluding tuition fees.



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100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8, Ireland.

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