Illustration is a powerful visual language which defies boundaries and extends across all art and design disciplines. Traditionally it was mainly associated with bringing words to life in the publishing industries and in advertising campaigns, however, through the explosion of new technologies and media, illustration has never enjoyed such currency and is now encountered in every aspect of our daily lives.
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.
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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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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.
The applications of illustration are now infinite! Illustrators work: as freelancers; with design studios; in advertising agencies; alongside website developers; in animation studios; with publishers; and indeed contribute to all sections of the creative industries. Illustrations are required everywhere from: tiny postage stamps to giant advertising hoardings; album covers to zines; food packaging to film titles; animation to book covers; art galleries to gifs. New possibilities are constantly evolving and the harder students work on this programme the more prepared they will be for rewarding careers in illustration or better equipped for the creation of their own as-yet undiscovered spheres.