Are you the type of person who likes to work with photography, video, traditional Film? Are you interested in sound, electronics, sensors, interactivity, projection, Image manipulation, visual narrative and do you like building and making things that alter the way we see the world?

Fine Art Media is a discipline specific stream within the BA in Fine Art. We encourage students to explore and discover a wide range of equipment, materials and methods that challenge the way the world can be interpreted and re-presented. We use computers as a tool or catalyst to mash-up still images, video, sound and anything else we can force into them. The programme uses a lot of technology as required but is not dependant on it as students frequently work across a range of traditional media. The role of the audience will be a key concern and you will be challenged to rethink preconceptions.

Year 1

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Year 2

In the second year you will work on a series of studio projects. These projects will introduce perspective on their place in art. Group presentations and visits to contemporary art exhibitions are also important elements of the
programme. The department offers a range of workshops in areas such as software applications, basic electronics, sensor technology, chemical darkroom practice and digital print processes.

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

The final year is structured to support you in developing your self-directed art practice. You will have a personal tutor, related to your own expertise and aspirations, to help you decide from the range of possibilities. By the end of the final year you will have developed a substantial body of research and studio work, and will present the outcomes in an exhibition space for examination. You will also be actively encouraged and supported in applying for postgraduate study. The course also features visiting lecturers, off-campus collaborative opportunities, field trips, and study visits. In each year of the programme, time is devoted to studies in Visual Culture where you will learn ways to analyse and situate your own practice, and that of others, in the contemporary world. You will become a reflective and professional artist through studying the connections between history, theory and practice, in modern and contemporary contexts.

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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As a consequence of the range of skills acquired, Fine Art Media graduates have a very wide range of opportunities open to them, including practicing artists, photographers, film makers, lighting designers, mobile phone app developers, games developers, curators, animators, special effects designers and many other related areas.

A number of graduates also go on to postgraduate study, within the School and outside of Ireland. Following on from a Masters programme, the College offers a practice-based PhD programme supported by the Graduate School for Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM).

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

Duration 3/4 Years BA 
Places 25

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 and Communication Graphics (DCG)

QQI/FET/FETAC Level 5/6: 5 Distinctions Full Award

NCAD Mininum Entry Requirements 

Portfolio Requirement NCAD Portfolio Submission
Degree Awarded

BA Fine Art / BA Fine Art & Visual Culture / BA Fine Art (International) 

Level 8

All Undergraduate applications for Year 1 entry and Advanced entry through the CAO.

Year 2+ Advanced Entry Application Information 

For Further Information Please Contact:

Head of School
Prof. Philip Napier

School Secretary
Hazel Crowley

Claire O'Hagan