Continuing Education

The Centre for Continuing Education in Art & Design at NCAD offers part-time courses in art, design and photography for adults and school-leavers who want to explore their creative potential and learn new skills.

The Centre for Continuing Education in Art and Design at NCAD provides opportunities for learning during the autumn and summer to over six hundred students each year. CEAD offers accredited (University Certificate and Higher Diploma programmes, NFQL7 and NFQL8), and non-credit options for students who choose to study part-time in an era of lifelong learning. CEAD aims to provide a diverse programme of courses offering flexible, quality learning opportunities that enable access and support progression and transfer for students who wish to further their visual arts education. More information on our summer and autumn accredited and non-credit courses.

NCAD CEAD Part-Time Study Progression Chart 
CEAD Credit Programme Schedule (Modules. Fees & Deliver)


NFQL8 - Higher Diploma in Art - 2 years - Part time

Interested in progressing part-time with your visual art studies? We offer a two year, part-time NFQL8 Higher Diploma in Art at NCAD. Click here for course details and admission requirements. Applications for the 2023 to 2024 academic year are now closed. A digital application form and portfolio are required for application. Feel free to contact us at with any queries. 


Part-time NFQL7 University Certificate study at NCAD

We offer three different part-time, evening NFQL7 University Certificate courses at NCAD; University Certificate in Drawing & Visual Investigation (DVI), University Certificate in Photography & Digital Imaging (PDI) and the University Certificate in Visual Arts Practice (VAP). Applications for the 2023 to 2024 academic year are now closed. Feel free to contact us at with any queries. 


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CEAD Online Gallery
See the work of CEAD, NCAD part-time evening students. All work displayed on the Continuing Education pages was produced by CEAD students.

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