Are you interested in art and creative practice? Do you like books, film, photography, illustration, visiting galleries and exhibitions? Are you interested in exploring both traditional and new technologies?

Fine Print is a central discipline within the School of Fine Art that spans the autographic arts, mechanical reproduction and digital media. Fine Print overlaps with a broad range of disciplines including sculpture, installation and media, whilst maintaining a distinct culture of its own.

The Fine Print programme encourages students to explore printmaking and ‘expanded printmaking’ and seeks to develop each students creative potential.   You will be encouraged to work across a range of disciplines. You will explore a variety of modes of expression and visual installation using a variety of techniques and skills - lithography, etching, screen-printing, monoprint through photoshop, photography, final cut pro, animation, audio visual installation.

Year 1

See First Year 

Year 2

In the second year you will focus on skills acquisition across a range of processes. Traditional printmaking is explored as well as the most up-to-date approaches of digital image manipulation. Projects are set with an emphasis
on the use of the appropriate process for the expansion of ideas and their tangible expression.

Year 3: Studio + & International

Studio+ is an optional year between the second and final year of your degree. Open to all Fine Art students, it offers the opportunity to gain experience in a range of social and cultural contexts in the world beyond NCAD. This experience will be gained through work with different organisations with links to the School of Fine Art and will help you to build your skills as an artist. Studio+ can also include a period of study abroad through the Erasmus programme with internationally recognised art faculties partnered with NCAD.

Final Year

In the final year the focus is on using the skills and knowledge you have acquired to develop a personal art practice. You will develop a substantial project that will form part of your professional portfolio of work, which you will present
in the final year degree exhibition. Throughout all years, time is devoted to studies in Visual Culture where you will learn ways to situate your own practice in the contemporary world. You will be helped to develop your skills in visual literacy, expression and articulation. Students study the connections between history, theory and practice, in modern and contemporary contexts, in order to become reflective and effective practitioners.

How will I be Assessed?

Assessment throughout the programme, in both your studio practice and in Visual Culture, will be on a continuous basis, at the end of each completed module and at the end of each semester (half-year). Formal assessment results will be issued at the end of each academic year. Modes of assessment will include practical and written assignments, oral and visual presentations, and some written examinations where appropriate.

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Students who graduate within Print are both creatively and technically competent to produce their own work and engage with the world of contemporary visual art practice.  They are computer literate, multi-skilled individuals possessing a range of practical and professional skills relevant to a variety of career options within the creative arts.  Our graduates have found employment in a wide variety of areas including in print workshops, in theatre and performance companies, as studio assistants, in Archives and Museums, in publishing, illustration, exhibiting, curating, conservation, teaching or lecturing and as practicing artists.

A number of graduates also go on to postgraduate study. The Fine Art School offers a two-year Masters Degree in Fine Art (MFA). A number of our graduates have also pursued postgraduate study outside of Ireland including at Goldsmiths University of London, the Royal College of Art and Sydney College of the Arts.  Following on from a Masters programme, the College offers a practice based PhD programme supported by the Graduate School for Creative Arts and Media (Grad CAM).

Please see the Study at NCAD section for full application details.

Duration 3/4 Years BA 
Places 28

CAO Course Codes:

AD104 Fine Art and  Applied Art 

AD101 First Year Art & Design (Common Entry)

Entry Requirements

Leaving Cert: 6 Subjects (2 X H5 and 4 X O6/H7)

Subjects must include English, Irish and one of the following:  a third language or Art or Design & Communication Graphics (DCG)

FETAC: 5 Distinctions Full Award

NCAD Minimum Entry Requirements

Portfolio Requirement NCAD Portfolio Submission
Degree Awarded BA Fine Art / BA Fine Art & Visual Culture / BA Fine Art ( International) 
All Undergraduate applications for Year 1 entry and Advanced entry through the CAO.

Academic Fine Print Department Staff
Catriona Leahy Head of Department (Temp)
Mary A. Fitzgeral
Emma Finucane
Neil Dunne
Aoife Scott
Ria Czerniak-LeBov
Janine Davidson

For Further Information Please Contact:

Head of School
Prof. Philip Napier

School Secretary
Hazel Crowley

Claire O'Hagan