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First Year Art & Design (Common Entry)

National College of Art and Design - NCAD
National College of Art and Design - NCAD
Course Code
Career Zone
NFQ Type
3 - 4 Years
Full Time

Course Summary

School of Design
School of Design

First Year Art and Design at NCAD gives you options for entry into many different worlds.

This is a common entry leading to Degree Options in:
Design: Fashion Design (AD211), Graphic Design, Illustration (both AD102), Jewelery & Objects, Textiles and Surface Design (both AD103)
Fine Art: Print, Media, Sculpture, Applied Material Culkture (Textiles Art & Artefact, Ceramics & Glass) (AD204)

It is a route to study Fine Art which includes Media, Painting, Fine Print, Sculpture and Applied Material Cultures. It is also a gateway to studying Design in Fashion, Jewellery & Metalwork, Textiles and Visual Communication.


NCAD's Portfolio Brief and Application Guidelines for 2019 entry can be found here

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.

Course Details

College Link > AD101 - First Year Art & Design (Common Entry)

Colleges often have information about the course on their own website, along with other useful information relating to the college. (Note: Not always available)

Career Sectors

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.

Entry Requirements

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website

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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.

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Points Calculator for QQI Awards:
Details of the QQI scoring system and a points calculator can be found  HERE

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.

Career Progression

Graduates of this course have pursued careers as self-employed designers, makers or applied artists setting up their own workshops. Fashion graduates go into many different areas of the fashion business. Graduates in embroidered, printed or woven textiles may pursue careers in studio based production, design and manufacture, free-lance design work in both general and specialist areas, design in industry or as design consultants in the retail sector. Visual communication graduates are employed by design consultants, book and magazine publishers, multimedia and web design companies, advertising and publicity agents and as in-house designers.

Further Research

Qualifax Course Page

Qualifax is the National Learners Database. (Note: Link not always available)

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National College of Art and Design - NCAD
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