Undergraduate Year 2+
NCAD considers applications from candidates who wish to gain Advanced Entry to the second or subsequent year of an undergraduate degree.
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
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, Print, Ceramics & Glass, Textile Art & Artefact) and Design ( Graphic Design, Illustration, Product Design, Interaction Design, Fashion Design,, Textile & Surface Design and Jewellery & Objects).
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.
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