Undergraduate

NCAD offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees in Design, Fine Art, Education and Visual Culture (History or Art & Design). On this page you will find information on what you can study at NCAD, the application process, portfolio submission requirements, eligibility and how course places are offered.

 

All First Year applications must be made through the Central Applications Office (CAO) www.cao.ie. The normal closing date is February 1st each year. 

Code Title Application Offers

AD101

 

AD202

First Year Art & Design
 
Design or Fine Art & Education

Applications through the CAO by the 1st of February each year. No late applications. Portfolio submission  required. Applicants for September 2017 must submit a portfolio by Friday 10th February 2017. See NCAD Portfolio Submission Applicant Guidelines 

Portfolio results and conditional offer letters are sent out to applicants during March.
Offers are made based on portfolio results to applicants who meet academic Minimum Entry Requirements.  Offers are made through the CAO in August.

AD212
Product Design

Applications apply through the CAO by the 1st of February each year.  No late applications. Applicants for September 2017 must submit a portfolio by Friday 10th February 2017. See NCAD Portfolio Submission Applicant Guidelines 

Applicants will receive the result of their portfolio assessment during March.  Places are offered based on portfolio score to applicants who meet Minimum Entry Requirements Offers are made through the CAO in August.

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Visual Culture

Applications through the CAO by the 1st of February.  Late applications will be accepted through the CAO up to 1 May and change of mind for existing CAO applicants  up to 1 July.  No portfolio submission required.

Places are allocated  based on the Leaving cert points to applicants who meet the Minimum Entry Requirements 

FETAC LINK - Places offered based on FETAC score to eligible applicants in relevant FETAC Awards for details see FETAC Entry Requirements.

Offers are made through the CAO in August.

For Information on Advanced Entry applications to the second or subsequent year go to Undergraduate Year 2+
Deferred Entry
  • The College, at its discretion, can agree to defer the offer of a place on a programme for one year.  If you wish to defer your offer of a place the procedure is as follows:

  • Do not accept your offer of a place through the CAO.

  • Contact the NCAD Admissions Office in writing (email is the quickest way to do this admissions@ncad.ie) giving your CAO Number, the programme you have been offered, and the reason you are seeking a deferral. The Admissions Office should receive this request before the CAO closing date for accepting the offer.  

  • The Admissions Office will contact you in writing informing you if your deferral has been granted and outlining the procedures for taking up your place offer the following year.

Access Scheme

NCAD operates a supplementary admissions route for school-leavers with a disability or from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, for further information visit NCAD Access Scheme.

NCAD Minimum Entry Requirements

NCAD FETAC Entry Requirements

 

NCAD is a Recognised College of UCD, a Constituent University of the National University of Ireland. Matriculation requirements and information on obtaining an Irish language exemption are set out on the NUI web site. www.nui.ie

For students presenting Leaving Certificate or FETAC awards please see Minimum Entry Requirements / FETAC Entry Requirements

For students presenting GCE/GCSE Examinations minimum entry requirements are as follows:
A pass in at least six subjects including any specific subject requirements.  Candidates must obtain:
GCE Advanced Level (A Level)   - At least Grade C in two NUI recognised Subjects (Grade A with Grade D or Grade E, or Grade B with Grade D are considered the equivalent of two Grade Cs).
And
GCE AS Level /GCSE Level – At least Grade C in four other recognised subjects (GCE Advanced Level Grades A to D, E or O are accepted as GCSE O Level pass Grades).
Applied A levels are not recognised by the NUI for matriculation.  www.nui.ie

Other School Leaving Examinations – information on entry requirements based on school leaving examinations from other countries can be found at www.nui.ie

EU Applications

Applications from residents of other member states of the European Union (EU) are considered on the same basis as those from Irish residents. Information on entry requirements based on school leaving examinations from other countries can be found at www.nui.ie

English Language Requirement

Programmes are taught through English in the National College of Art and Design, therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language. Applicants who have not passed English as a subject in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English language through their school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English language test. Full details of acceptable tests and the standard required can be found at the following link English Language Requirement.

Age at entry to NCAD

The minimum age for admission to NCAD is 17 years by 15 January the year following entry.

Garda Vetting

All successful applicants to Education programmes are required to undergo Garda vetting at the time of registration.

 

If you have any questions e-mail is the quickest way to contact us, email:  admissions@ncad.ie