This course gives you an opportunity to study the histories and theories of modern and contemporary art and design practice in a creative art school setting. This programme is suitable for anyone with a broad interest in history, culture, and society. There will be opportunities to work with studio-based NCAD students, this engagement may take the form of critical/professional writing and publication projects, curation and event development.
A portfolio submission is not required; places are allocated through the CAO based on Leaving Certificate points.
NCAD considers applications from candidates who wish to gain Advanced Entry to the second or subsequent year of an undergraduate degree.
NCAD will accept applications for Advanced Entry to all of their studio based undergraduate degrees as well as to AD215 BA Visual Culture. The BA in Visual Culture provides an opportunity to study the history of art and design in a creative art school setting. This programme does not require a portfolio submission. For more information about the programmes see here.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
QQI FET/FETAC Links
PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.
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|Note: Information for 2020 Entry|
|Old Code||New Code||Award Title|
|5M0536||Computer Systems and Networks|
|5M18519||Film and Television Production|
|DCHSC||5M2009||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|ELESX||5M2073||Language and European Studies|
|ECHSX||5M2154||Cultural and Heritage Studies|
|EASSX||5M2181||Applied Social Studies|
|EETXX||5M3635||Education and Training|
|DCHSX||5M4468||Community Health Services|
|DTXXX||5M5011||Tourism with Business|
|ETFPX||5M5158||Film and Television Production|
|5M5165||Trade Union Studies|
|6M0695||Computer Systems and Networks|
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
As a consequence of the breadth and depth of understanding and experience acquired in relation to modern and contemporary visual and material culture, Visual Culture graduates have a wide range of local and international opportunities open to them, including: arts administration (in contemporary and heritage contexts); publishing, journalism, critical writing; work in museums and private galleries; or pure art and design historical research and lecturing.
Future career opportunities also include exhibition curation, critical writing, journalism, publishing and arts management.