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National College of Art & Design NCAD

100 Thomas Street, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

The National College of Art & Design NCAD occupies a unique position in art and design education in Ireland. It offers the largest range of art and design degree courses in the state at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The National College of Art & Design has 1,000 full time students and a further six hundred students who are taking evening courses. Those who know the College, and those who have attended the Open Day, the annual exhibitions and fashion show, will be aware of the very high standards that are achieved.

The College has four Schools; 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.

Art & Design
Art & Design is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. Art & Design gives a Course Qualification of Diploma, awarded by UCD. For more information about Art & Design at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Art Portfolio Preparation - Pre Third Level Courses

This intensive seventeen-week course is designed to aid school leavers and mature students interested in developing a port-folio for entry to third level art and design education. Students will be encouraged to develop their ideas through research and working on personal projects. Subjects covered include, drawing from observation, ideas development, collage, colour work, basic printing…

Design - Ceramics Glass & Metals - Jewellery Skills - Introductory
Design - Ceramics Glass & Metals - Jewellery Skills - Introductory is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. For more information about Design - Ceramics Glass & Metals - Jewellery Skills - Introductory at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Design - Ceramics Glass & Metals - Stained Glass - Intermediate

This course is for those who already have experience in Stained Glass craft work. It aims to increase students understanding of an approach to designing and undertaking material pieces of work. There will be an emphasis on design and the development of more advanced techniques using the equipment of the Glass Department. Each student will…

Design - Ceramics Glass & Metals - Stained Glass - Introductory
Design - Ceramics Glass & Metals - Stained Glass - Introductory is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. For more information about Design - Ceramics Glass & Metals - Stained Glass - Introductory at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Design - Fashion & Textiles - Embroidered Textile Design - Introductory
Design - Fashion & Textiles - Embroidered Textile Design - Introductory is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. For more information about Design - Fashion & Textiles - Embroidered Textile Design - Introductory at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Design - Visual Communications - Letterpress Printing - Introductory
Design - Visual Communications - Letterpress Printing - Introductory is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. For more information about Design - Visual Communications - Letterpress Printing - Introductory at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Design - Visual Communications - Type & Image - Introductory & Intermediate

Visual communications and the creative process What is graphic design? Typography theory and function Type, image, visual literacy, organisation and composition Developing problem solving strategies Developing an understanding of print materials. An examination of paper and the form, function and tactile nature of printed material Series of graphic design foundation lectures, with associated practical homework…

Drawing & Visual Investigation DVI

This part-time course in drawing and visual investigation provides students with knowledge, skills and understanding of contemporary approaches to drawing and visual research. The course aims to foster the intellectual and practical creativity of the individual. Drawing and Visual Investigation is concerned with conceptual approaches to drawing as well as developing students direct observation practical…

Fine Art & Design - Bronze-Casting as a Sculptural Process
Fine Art & Design - Bronze-Casting as a Sculptural Process is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. For more information about Fine Art & Design - Bronze-Casting as a Sculptural Process at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Fine Art & Design - Ceramics

This course is structured around a series of demonstrations and project work covering the full spectrum of 3D design methods. Advanced methods for building, joining and manipulating clay, surface treatment including texture and colours as well as glazing and firing processes are covered. The first term will have an emphasis on furthering technical and material…

Fine Art & Design - Drawing Print Mixed Media

This course is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to develop their practice in print and drawing within a contemporary context. The course contains two parts: Drawing-Mixed Media and Printmaking. The two subject areas are complementary and to complete them successfully students will have to undertake self-directed learning outside of class time.…

Fine Art & Design - Drawing Techniques & Developing Ideas

This course, AC02 gives students fundamental drawing skills for Art and Design. Students are taught a wide range of drawing techniques and how to develop ideas in sketchbooks, leading to an understanding of the creative process. In an encouraging environment, students learn how to approach and develop project work, to stimulate and organise ideas, to…

Fine Art & Design - Embroidered Textile Design

This 22 week course offers students an opportunity to develop technical and design skills and to expand their knowledge of contemporary embroidery. Practice based tutorials and demonstrations will consider embroidery techniques, their application and exploration. Throughout the course tutors will, through individual tutorials and structured presentations, provide an overview of embroidery from a historical and…

Fine Art & Design - Extending Your Visual Language

This course is suited to students who have several years drawing and painting experience and wish to develop their work beyond the structure of the class. The course will be project based and will require an additional input of three hours per week outside of class time. There will be a strong emphasis on research…

Fine Art & Design - Jewellery Design
Fine Art & Design - Jewellery Design is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. For more information about Fine Art & Design - Jewellery Design at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Fine Art & Design - Materials Techniques & Language of Painting
Fine Art & Design - Materials Techniques & Language of Painting is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. For more information about Fine Art & Design - Materials Techniques & Language of Painting at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Fine Art & Design - Painting & Visual Research Methods
Fine Art & Design - Painting & Visual Research Methods is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. For more information about Fine Art & Design - Painting & Visual Research Methods at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Fine Art & Design - Printed Textile Design

The course is suited to individuals who have completed an introductory textile-printing course with CEAD or a similar third level or further education body. This module provides students with an understanding of design concepts, printing processes and technical skills. Through project work students undertake visual research, and understand how to translate ideas from drawings, photography…

Fine Art & Design - Sculpture & Drawing - Combining Techniques

The course is structured around a series of demonstrations and project work. The tutors will integrate the subject areas of drawing, and sculptural processes throughout. In Term 1, includes tutor lead demonstrations on plaster mixing, wax, body casting and clay mould, as well as visual research and ideas development with an assignment and group critique…

Fine Art & Design - Visual Culture
Fine Art & Design - Visual Culture is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. For more information about Fine Art & Design - Visual Culture at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Fine Art - Drawing & Painting - Drawing & Colour Studies - Introduction

This course will provide an introduction to drawing and working from observation. Through a series of projects students will be given instruction in composition, proportion, tone and texture. Colour mixing and colour theory will form an integral part of the course programme. Over the 22 weeks students will be introduced to a wide range of…

Fine Art - Drawing & Painting - Drawing From Life - Introductory

This 11 week beginners life drawing course is designed to develop students observational drawing skills. Exercises will cover the main areas of; looking, hand/ eye coordination, pacing a drawing, and handling media. This beginners drawing course is an excellent foundation for those who wish to progress to further studies in art and design. Over the…

Fine Art - Drawing & Painting - Painting Landscape & Cityscape - Introductory

This course is suitable for beginners who are interested in working with watercolours, acrylics or oils and wish to develop skills in drawing and painting landscape and cityscape. The tutor will provide instruction in drawing and painting techniques including traditional and contemporary approaches. Students are encouraged to develop their ideas however they can also work…

Fine Art - Drawing & Painting - Painting Processes - Intermediate

This is and intermediate non-accredited course. Students will be exposed to painting in a contemporary art setting. This course is not suited to beginners students should have completed an introductory drawing/painting course with CEAD or another college of further education. Students with little painting experience but who have taken graphic design and drawing courses and…

Fine Art - Drawing & Painting - Techniques of Watercolour - Intermediate

This course is designed for students who have knowledge of working with watercolours and who wish to explore the discipline and techniques in greater depth. Students will be encouraged to use the medium to its full potential and perhaps move away from the traditional watercolour teachings by incorporating them with other mediums, for example gouache,…

Fine Art - Drawing & Painting the Figure - Intermediate

Students for this course should have at least a rudimentary knowledge of drawing. This course will allow for sustained perceptual concentration,with freedom to experiment and revise.The course begins with a series of studies,using a variety of poses, Exploring tone, light, space, composition and pictorial structure.Students shall be encouraged to work in a broad and diverse…

Fine Art - Media - Photography - Intermediate
Fine Art - Media - Photography - Intermediate is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. For more information about Fine Art - Media - Photography - Intermediate at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Fine Art - Printmaking - Etching & Carborundum - Intermediate

This course is suitable for students who already have experience in etching techniques and knowledge of the processes involved. The course will provide an opportunity for students to further develop their skills and abilities in making prints. Through a series of exercises in a range of techniques and processes, students will be encouraged to advance…

Fine Art - Sculpture - Constructing Sculpture through Bronze Casting - Introductory
Fine Art - Sculpture - Constructing Sculpture through Bronze Casting - Introductory is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. For more information about Fine Art - Sculpture - Constructing Sculpture through Bronze Casting - Introductory at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Photography & Digital Imaging
Photography & Digital Imaging is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. Photography & Digital Imaging gives a Course Qualification of Level 1 Certificate, awarded by UCD. For more information about Photography & Digital Imaging at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Visual Art Practice
Visual Art Practice is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. Visual Art Practice gives a Course Qualification of Level 1 Certificate, awarded by UCD. For more information about Visual Art Practice at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Visual Language & Prjoect Development
Visual Language & Prjoect Development is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. For more information about Visual Language & Prjoect Development at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Art & Design Education - Post Primary Teaching
Art & Design Education - Post Primary Teaching is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. Art & Design Education - Post Primary Teaching gives a Course Qualification of Masters Degree, awarded by UCD. For more information about Art & Design Education - Post Primary Teaching at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Art in the Contemporary World

Art in the Contemporary World is a taught masters programme that examines contemporary art practices and their contexts. The course offers an opportunity for focused engagement with the varied challenges of todays most ambitious art. It bridges the relationship between theory and practice by creating exciting study options for artists, curators and writers. We welcome…

Design - MFA
Design - MFA is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. Design - MFA gives a Course Qualification of Masters Degree, awarded by UCD. For more information about Design - MFA at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Design - PhD through Practice in Design - Research
Design - PhD through Practice in Design - Research is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. Design - PhD through Practice in Design - Research gives a Course Qualification of Doctoral Degree, awarded by UCD. For more information about Design - PhD through Practice in Design - Research at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Design History & Material Culture

This MA in Design History & Material Culture (DHMC) is about objects: things you might sit on, drink from or wear; things you might cherish, throw away or never notice; things for special occasions and things you use every day; things made by machine, things made by hand and things never made; spaces you might…

Education - PhD through Education - Research
Education - PhD through Education - Research is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. Education - PhD through Education - Research gives a Course Qualification of Doctoral Degree, awarded by UCD. For more information about Education - PhD through Education - Research at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Fine Art - MFA
Fine Art - MFA is a course run by National College of Art & Design NCAD, Dublin. Fine Art - MFA gives a Course Qualification of Masters Degree, awarded by UCD. For more information about Fine Art - MFA at National College of Art & Design NCAD, please review the details below.
Fine Art - Research

Pursuing a PhD through fine art practice requires the production of a major body of work within a critically reflective frame of enquiry. PhD researchers are expected to extend and develop a particular area of art practice through practical work, exhibition and discursive production. Fine Art learning conditions support the integration of art production and…

Interaction Design

The MA Interaction Design is a one year full time taught masters delivered in NCAD in conjunction with UCD. The course teaches fundamental approaches, methods and tools related to the design of digital products, environments, systems and services with a focus on users, experience and context of use. The MA is studio-based with students engaging…

Medical Device Design

The MSc in Medical Device Design is based in a dedicated Medical Device Design Studio on the NCAD campus. The programme consists of a combination of taught modules and studio-based project work. Basic Medical Science is taught one afternoon a week at TCD while Biomechanics; Biomaterials, Bioinstrumentation; Human Factors and History of Medicine are taught…

Socially Engaged Art - Further Adult & Community Education

The MA Socially Engaged Art (SEA) focuses on the dynamic relationship between socially engaged arts practice and pedagogy. Embedded in this programme is a further education teaching qualification, accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland, and necessary for those considering a career as a teacher or facilitator of learning within an increasingly diverse further education…

Visual Culture - Research

The School creates a community that fosters lively exchange, scholarly discussion and critical debate. The mix of disciplines in the School enables ambitious enquiries into all aspects of art and design, representation, cultural production, cultural consumption, material culture, visual and spatial culture and cultural politics. Themes are explored through a variety of methodologies and with…

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National College of Art & Design NCAD
100 Thomas Street
Dublin
Republic of Ireland
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