Undergraduate Year 2+

NCAD considers applications from candidates who wish to gain Advanced Entry to the second or subsequent year of an undergraduate degree.

Applications are not normally considered for the final year of a programme. We will accept applications for Advanced Entry to all of our studio based undergraduate degrees as well as to Year 2 of 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 the School of Visual Culture section.
Advanced entry into Year 2 of Design or Fine Art & Education is not available. 

AD204 Fine Art  ( Painting, Sculpture, Fine Print, Textile Art & Artefact, Ceramics & Glass Year 2)
AD210 Jewellery and Metalwork  Year 2
AD212 Product Design and Interaction Design* Year 2
AD214 Textile and Surface Design Year 2
AD215 Visual Culture Year 2
AD216 Graphic Design and Illustration* Year 2

*BA(Hons) Illustration and BA(Hons) Interaction Design are new degree programmes being offered in NCAD from September 2017 ( subject to final academic approval). 


CAO Advanced Entry Apply.

All Advanced Entry applications to NCAD should be made online through the Central Application Office (CAO) www.cao.ie.  On the CAO application form you are asked to indicate the year and programme you are applying into and to provide details of your previous education including School Leaving exam results  as well as any Further or Higher Education you may have completed.  You are also asked to provide details of any previous work or other experience that may be relevant to the programme you are applying for and asked to provide a reference from a tutor or other person.

You may put a choice of up to nine programmes on the CAO Advanced Entry application form, these can be from a mixture of  NCAD and other HEI programmes. When considering which programmes at NCAD to apply for you are advised to study the NCAD Prospectus carefully and to consider how your previous educational and other experiences relate to the programme of study you are applying for.

Please send any supporting documentation such as transcripts, CV and  personal statement  to the CAO:

Central Applications Office
Tower House, Eglingtom Street
Galway, Ireland


Closing date for receipt of applications:
Year 2 -  31 July 2017

NCAD operates a rolling closing date for Advanced Entry applications. Applications may be accepted after the original closing date, where places are limited preference will go to successful applicants who have applied before the original closing dates.


Your application will be reviewed to establish whether  through your  previous study or work experience you are at an appropriate level in both your studio work and visual culture for the degree stage you are applying into. In addition the following will also apply:

Fine Art (Painting, Sculpture, Media, Fine Print, Ceramics & Glass, Textile Art & Artefact) and Design ( Graphic Design, Illustration*, Product, Interaction Design*, Fashion, Textile Surface Design and Jewellery & Metal Work)

Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio of work in advance, the portfolio review will form part of the shortlisting process.  The portfolio should include 10 images along with one page of text with the titles of the work and a short written description of what informs your work and images.  Your portfolio should be emailed in PDF format (files should be a maximum of 3 pages, no bigger than 3Mb).

Applicants who are shortlisted will then be asked to attend for interview and to bring a portfolio of work with them.

Applicants will be contacted by email after the application closing date  and asked to send in a portfolio of work. 

*BA(Hons) Illustration and BA(Hons) Interaction Design are being offered in NCAD from September 2017 (subject to final academic approval).


Interviews for Year 2 take place in April/May, and for Year 3 in June.

You will know the outcome of your application after the interview in May/June. Course offers are made based on merit and the number of places available on a course. You may be placed on a waiting list and receive an offer later in the year.

All Communication on Advanced Entry will come from the CAO by email.

For further information on making an Advanced Entry application please contact:

Tel: 01 636 4200