Portfolio Guidelines 2018

Information and guidelines to help you prepare your portfolio for entry September 2018.

NCAD has introduced a new set of Portfolio Guidelines for entry 2018. These guidelines are designed to help you build your portfolio from the very beginning if you are starting from scratch or they can help you structure work you may already have. 

A portfolio is a collection of your visual work that shows us your skills, creativity and interests as well as your commitment to art and design.   We want to see in your portfolio how you work with materials to generate creative ideas and solutions. The best portfolios will show all your processes from the beginning ideas and research to your developed creative work.  

The guidelines are designed to help you put a portfolio together that highlights your particular interests and strenghts and they can be used when applying to any studio pathway in NCAD.  

Portfolio Guide for Applicants to all Pathways 2018 - PDF Print Download

There are two parts to the application process for NCAD.

1) CAO Application
All applications for full-time first year undergraduate study must be made through the CAO (Central Applications Office)  www.cao.ie
The deadline for CAO Applications is Wednesday 1st February 2017.

2) Portfolio Submission
A portfolio submission is required as part of the application process for all studio degress at NCAD. See the list of pathways below. 
The deadline for portfolio submission is 4.30 Friday 10th February 2017

NCAD CAO Application Pathways 2018

AD101 First Year Art & Design (Common Entry) - leading to degree options in all areas:
Design: Fashion Design / Graphic Design / Illustration / Jewellery & Objects/ Textile & Surface Design
Fine Art: Print / Media / Painting / Sculpture/ Applied Material Culture (Textile Art & Artefact and Ceramics & Glass) 
AD102 Illustration and Graphic Design – degree options in: Illustration (drawing, image making and animation), Graphic Design 
AD103 Textiles, Jewellery & Objects – degree options in Textile & Surface Design and Jewellery & Objects
AD202 Design or Fine Art & Education (Second Level Teaching) – Joint Honours in Design & Education or Fine Art & Education
AD204 Fine Art – with pathways in Print / Media / Painting / Sculpture / Applied Material Culture (Textile Art & Artefact and Ceramics & Glass)
AD211 Fashion Design
AD212 Product Design – designing and making new physical objects and experiences
AD215 Visual Culture – history and theory of contemporary art & design (portfolio not required)
AD222 Interaction Design – designing digital interactions for apps, web sites, products, services and user experience 

Information on the application procedures and course offers can be found at Study-at-NCAD.

 

 

 

Do all programmes at NCAD require a portfolio submission?

A portfolio submission is required for all studio degrees at NCAD: 

AD101 First Year Art & Design (Common Entry) - leading to degree options in all areas:
Design: Fashion Design / Graphic Design / Illustration / Jewellery & Objects/ Textile & Surface Design
Fine Art: Print / Media / Painting / Sculpture/ Applied Material Culture (Textile Art & Artefact and Ceramics & Glass) 
AD102 Illustration and Graphic Design – degree options in: Illustration (drawing, image making and animation), Graphic Design 
AD103 Textiles, Jewellery & Objects – degree options in Textile & Surface Design and Jewellery & Objects
AD202 Design or Fine Art & Education (Second Level Teaching) – Joint Honours in Design & Education or Fine Art & Education
AD204 Fine Art – with pathways in Print / Media / Painting / Sculpture / Applied Material Culture (Textile Art & Artefact and Ceramics & Glass)
AD211 Fashion Design
AD212 Product Design – designing and making new physical objects and experiences
AD215 Visual Culture – history and theory of contemporary art & design (portfolio not required)
AD222 Interaction Design – designing digital interactions for apps, web sites, products, services and user experience 

What should I include in my portfolio for NCAD?

An entrance portfolio is a collection of visual work that shows your potential to study art and design at third level. The NCAD Portfolio Submission Guidelines are designed help you put your portfolio together whether you are starting from scratch or using work you have developed in another context.  We want to see your Research and Observation your Ideas Development  and your Developed Creative Work.   You should also  include at least one Notebook, remember the best portfolios will show all your processes.  

When should I bring my portfolio to NCAD?

The deadline for submitting your portfolio is 4.30 PM Friday 9th February 2017. We will accept portfolios any time in the two weeks up to that date. If you need to submit your portfolio earlier please contact the Admissions Office: admissions@ncad.ie  Please note it is your responsibility to submit your portfolio on time, we do not send reminders about this date. The address for portfolio submission is:

The Admissions Office,
NCAD, 100 Thomas Street,
Dublin 8, Ireland.

Can I get an extension on the deadline for Portfolio Submission?

It is not possible to get an extension on the submission deadline – all portfolios must be presented by the published closing date.

When can I collect my portfolio?

Portfolios can be collected from NCAD for up to 3 weeks after the end of the portfolio assessment. You will be given information on collection dates and times. If you need to collect your portfolio early please let us know and we will arrange to have your portfolio assessed and ready for collection.

How will my portfolio be assessed?

Details on the assesment criteria for the portfolio submissions can be found on page 16-17 of the Portfolio Submission Guidelines.

When will I be told the outcome of my portfolio assessment?

We will write to you by the end of March with the result of your portfolio assessment. This letter will tell you if you have achieved the necessary score for a conditional offer. A conditional offer is an offer that is dependent on you meeting the minimum academic entry requirements through your Leaving Certificate, QQI FE Award or other. If you do not get a conditional offer we will tell you if you are on a waiting list for an offer. Each year we make a number of offers to applicants from the waiting list.

Offers are made in August through the CAO. All applicants are placed on a ranked list based on portfolio score. Offers are made in descending order from this list to applicants who have met the minimum academic entry requirements.

More information can be found at Study-at-NCAD.

The New NCAD Portfolio Guidelines - An Introduction for Art and Design Teachers and Portfolio Preparation Tutors

The new portfolio guidelines represents a significant change to the previous portfolio brief and creates opportunity for a wider range of responses.

With the introduction of new programmes and the opening up of new pathways* that enable direct application to specific fields, it is important that the guide provides for this breadth of entry portfolios. We want to encourage those who have both defined interests and those who have yet to define their interests to apply to NCAD.  With this new guideline it is easier for individuals with differing aptitudes and orientations to put together portfolios that can more closely represent their own strengths and interests.

What has changed?
Essentially this is a guide rather than a brief, which means that the applicant can follow all or some of the suggested elements or diverge significantly if they so wish.

What remains of the previous brief?
We still have a series of steps and structures in the guide, which can help to orientate the applicant with a suggested approach. Most of the elements in this structure are recognizable and are inherited from the previous brief so it is possible for art and design teachers and tutors to continue to emphasize the processes that they have always emphasized but also begin to evolve ways of encouraging divergences or simply helping the individual student to follow a more personally oriented path in their work.

While the old brief helped to orientate the applicant to art and design college and to produce work that showed their ability to work through steps and processes, we think it is now useful to open that back up to new possibilities by removing the element of a defined brief and encouraging different methods and approaches which is exciting. 

Mary Avril Gillan
Head of First Year Art and Design Studies, NCAD 
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*NCAD CAO Application Pathways 2018

AD101 First Year Art & Design (Common Entry) - leading to degree options in all areas:
Design: Fashion Design / Graphic Design / Illustration / Jewellery & Objects/ Textile & Surface Design
Fine Art: Print / Media / Painting / Sculpture/ Applied Material Culture (Textile Art & Artefact and Ceramics & Glass) 
AD102 Illustration and Graphic Design – degree options in: Illustration (drawing, image making and animation), Graphic Design 
AD103 Textiles, Jewellery & Objects – degree options in Textile & Surface Design and Jewellery & Objects
AD202 Design or Fine Art & Education (Second Level Teaching) – Joint Honours in Design & Education or Fine Art & Education
AD204 Fine Art – with pathways in Print / Media / Painting / Sculpture / Applied Material Culture (Textile Art & Artefact and Ceramics & Glass)
AD211 Fashion Design
AD212 Product Design – designing and making new physical objects and experiences
AD215 Visual Culture – history and theory of contemporary art & design (portfolio not required)
AD222 Interaction Design – designing digital interactions for apps, web sites, products, services and user experience