CEAD Courses

Continuing Education in Art & Design (CEAD) offers summer and autumn accredited and non-credit part-time courses in art, design and photography for students who want to explore their creative potential and learn new skills.

Whether you are an absolute beginner or you are a student wishing to grow your visual arts, design or photography education, CEAD offers Progression options for all levels within Higher Education. In an era of lifelong learning, CEAD's diverse programme offers flexible, quality learning opportunities.

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Welcome to CEAD

Welcome to CEAD

CEAD offers accredited University Certificates NFQ level 7, Higher Diploma in Art NFQ level 8 and non-credit part-time courses in the summer and evening classes in autumn. Explore your art, design and photography summer or autumn creative options below.

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CEAD Open Day

The annual CEAD Open Day includes presentations on part-time courses and the chance to chat with tutors. Our next CEAD Open day is February 2025.

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Summer Programme

Summer short courses in art, design & photography for beginners to advanced aged 16 and over, including a three week summer Portfolio Preparation course. The 2024 Summer Programme is open for bookings.

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JOD Certificate

University Certificate in Jewellery and Object Design (JOD), 1 year part-time, 1 night per week. Students will require basic skills. This is a new certificate and applications are open. The deadline to apply is 4 July 2024

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Higher Diploma in Art

Higher Diploma in Art, 2 year part-time, 2 nights per week. A portfolio is required. Applications for starting in September 2024 are now closed. Applications will reopen spring 2025.

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DVI Certificate

University Certificate in Drawing and Visual Investigation (DVI), 1 year part-time, 2 nights per week. A portfolio is not required. Applications are open. The deadline to apply is 4 July 2024.

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PDI Certificate

University Certificate in Photography and Digital Imaging (PDI), 1 year part-time, 2 nights per week. A portfolio is required. Applications are open. The deadline to apply is 8 July 2024.

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VAP Certificate

University Certificate in Visual Arts Practice (VAP). 1 to 3 years part-time. A portfolio is not required. Applications for 2024 will open 12 noon on 28th June 2024 for new students

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Autumn Non-Credit

CEAD autumn non-credit courses in art and design for beginners to advanced aged 16 and over. A portfolio is not required. Applications for 2024 will open early July 2024

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