NCAD welcomes applications from mature students to all our programmes. A mature student is any EU student who will be 23 years of age on the 1st of January of the proposed year of entry to NCAD.
Applications to Studio Based Programmes that Require a Portfolio Submission for Entry:
AD101 First Year Art & Design (Common Entry) / AD202 Design of Fine Art & Education / AD212 Product Design
As a mature student you should apply for these programmes in the same way and at the same time as any other student applying to First Year NCAD. This means you should apply through the CAO by the 1st February and submit a portfolio by the requried date. You should include on the CAO application form information about your previous education as well as any relevant work or other experience that might support your application. Please send any supporting documentation such as transcripts or CVs to the CAO marked clearly with your CAO number.
You will be informed of the outcome of your portfolio submission at the same time as other students. Mature applicants who achieve a sufficient portfolio score to warrant an offer but who do not otherwise meet minimum academic entry requirements through a Leaving Certificate or FETAC award will be considered on the grounds of mature years based on the information provided with your CAO application. You may be invited to attend for interview, you will be told if you are to receive an offer as a mature student during April/ May.
AD215 Visual Culture:
Mature applicants to AD215 Visual Culture should apply through the CAO by 1st February and should include on the CAO form information about your previous education as well as any relevant work or other experience that might support your application. Please send any supporting documentation such as transcripts or CVs to the CAO marked clearly with your CAO number. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend for interview during March/ April and will be told the outcome of this interview during May.
Mature students can expect to receive their formal offer of a place in First Year in NCAD through the CAO in early August (Round 0). You should accept this offer through the CAO by the time indicated on the offer notice.