Textile Art and Artefact

The programme is centered upon the fundamental principle of 'making' as a personal response to materiality. This enables students to realise outcomes in textile applied art and textile artefacts.

Integral to the creative process is a deep and sensitive knowledge of materials. The TA&A programme at NCAD provides students with a basis to engage in a particular creative field and to contribute to interdisciplinary debate with others. You will continually expand your knowledge through ongoing practical studio work, where you will develop a suite of fundamental and complementary skills allowing you to connect your work to contemporary culture and audiences. The programme provides the perfect environment to experiment with new material considerations and explore the personal and public dimensions of making. Students develop a personal creative identity and proficiency in design principles and techniques, alongside theoretical positioning in relation to contemporary art practices. Through a mixture of workshops, lectures and tutorials, students develop professional approaches and relationships in the creative field essential for establishing and sustaining a professional practice.

Year 1 

See First Year

Year 2

The focus in the second year is on developing a personal visual language and the skills necessary to translate this into successful Textile Art & Artefact practice. You will also focus on researching and defining a specific audience and developing a market understanding through professional practice.

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, students are ready to develop their own programme of study, which reflects each individual’s skills and interests within Textile Art & Artefact. This will culminate in a substantial body of work for assessment and display at the Graduate Showcase, exhibitions and events.

As a consequence of the skills acquired, TA&A graduates have a wide range of national and international opportunities open to them. Previous graduates have gone on to become successful visual artists, entrepreneurs, designers for couture, milliners and accessory designers, stylists, costume and prop designers, illustrators, and to work in art education and art therapy. Increasingly, graduates are bridging contemporary art practices, with many going on to pursue further study at postgraduate level to refine their creative abilities and approach. NCAD offers a range of innovative masters programmes, as well as a practice-based PhD.

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


Duration 3/4 Years BA 
Places  30

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 Textile Art & Artefact 


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

Year 2 + Advanced Entry Applications

For Further Information Please Contact:

Head of School
Prof. Philip Napier

School Secretary
Hazel Crowley