CEAD Autumn Non-Credit Courses

Autumn non-credit courses 2022-2023 applications opening soon

The Centre for Continuing Education at NCAD offers a range of non-credit courses in art and design for adults and school leavers (16+) who want to explore their creative potential, learn new skills, or develop an on-going practice.

Autumn non-credit courses are at different levels; there are introductory courses suitable for beginners, or for those considering returning to or progressing within higher education. If you want learn something new you can choose beginners courses, and if you have established an arts practice and want to continue to expand and explore your options you can choose advanced courses.

Portfolio preparation courses are suitable for students considering applying to third level undergraduate art and design courses and wish to complete a portfolio in preparation.

Where students are interested in applying to the accredited part-time autumn options or want to progress within art and design they can consider taking one or more autumn non-credit course as a way of developing skills and knowledge in a subject area.

Please read the following information on bookings, note to returning students, fees and Terms & Conditions carefully before applying for your autumn non-credit course.


We can process your application only on receipt of full payment of course fee.  Places on the courses are allocated on a first come first served basis. We normally hope to accommodate all applicants. However, if a course is over-subscribed, a waitlist will be opened.

For late bookings and availability, please check our website at http://www.ncad.ie/continuing-education, or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CEADatNCAD/, or email cead@staff.ncad.ie

Once you have completed your booking, you can go to MyNCAD to confirm your booking details. You will need your username and password, from your online application. If you need further information please contact us at cead@staff.ncad.ie 

Note to returning students

If you are/have been registered on an accredited course at NCAD you will have an account at MyNCAD tied to your accredited course. Please use this account to apply for your autumn 2021 non-credit course.


Applications will be processed only on receipt of full payment of course fee.

Terms & Conditions

Please read our FAQ's and Terms & Conditions carefully before applying for a CEAD course. Learn more about progression in Art and Design through CEAD.

Autumn Non-Credit 2021 course listing

Course Code Course Name Class Capacity Fee (€) Application Link

Portfolio Preparation 

15 425



Stained Glass Introductory


Stained Glass Intermediate


Embroidered Textile Design Introductory

DP101- 2

Drawing from Life - Semester 2 Introductory 


Painting: Landscape and Cityscape Introductory

15 375    

Drawing and Colour Studies Introductory


Drawing and Painting the Figure Intermediate

15 375     

Techniques of Watercolour Intemediate


Painting Processes Intermediate

15 375       

Drawing and Contemporary Art Practice


Printmaking Beginner-Intermediate


Jewellery Skills Introduction


Constructing Sculpture through Bronze Casting



Photography Intermediate


Type and Image Introductory/Intermediate


Letterpress Printing Introductory


Letterpress Printing Intermediate Semester 2



*Please note that all students are required to have access to a laptop/PC and wifi*



Portfolio Preparation

Tutor: Michael Lyons
Day: Friday, 
Duration: 18 weeks
Course commences: 21
Course Fee: €425
15 Students


This intensive 18 week course is designed to
aid school leavers and mature students interested
in developing a port-folio for entry to third level art
and design education. Students will be encouraged to
develop their ideas through research and working on
personal projects. Subjects covered include, drawing
from observation, ideas development, collage, colour
work, basic printing and developing a personal project.
This is a preparatory course, students should not
assume that attending this course will give them
an advantage over others who wish to access the
NCAD full-time programme.

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D/P 101  -2
Drawing From Life INTRODUCTORY 

Tutor: Berni Markey
Day: Monday, 
Duration: 11 weeks
Course Fee 
16 Students

This 11 week beginner’s life drawing course is designed
to develop student’s observational drawing skills.
Exercises will cover the main areas of; looking, hand/
eye coordination, pacing a drawing, and handling
media. This beginners drawing course is an excellent
foundation for those who wish to progress to further
studies in art and design.

Over the semester students will address basic anatomy
and proportions. They will consider structure with
reference to the skeleton, use ‘sighting’ to compare
angles to vertical and horizontal and ‘negative shapes’
and units of measure to address shape and composition.
Students will learn to make drawings with feeling
and understanding by working loosely and broadly
and pacing their drawings well. To this end they will
explore ‘gesture drawing’, tonal rubber drawing,
’mark making’, drawing with media on a long stick
and ‘cross contour’ drawing. A range of wet and dry
tonal and colour media will be explored.

Group based as well as individual tuition is provided
throughout in an environment that encourages learning.
Visual aids and demonstrations also feature, as
students consider the work of established artists.
At the end of the course, the process of selection
and presentation of work is addressed. The work
produced on this course can be included in a portfolio
to show drawing skills and experimentation with
methods and materials.

This 11 week course is repeated in January.

* Please note that NCAD is responsible for the booking of life models, however, NCAD has no responsibility where models fail to show up for classes.


D/P 102  
Painting; Landscape and Cityscape INTRODUCTORY

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Kenneth Donfield
Day: Wednesday 6.30pm to 9pm 
Duration: 22 weeks, commencing 
Course Fee €375
15 Students

This course is suitable for beginners who are interested
in working with watercolours, acrylics or oils and wish
to develop skills in drawing and painting landscape
and cityscape.

The tutor will provide instruction in drawing and painting
techniques including traditional and contemporary

Students are encouraged to develop their ideas however
they can also work from drawings or photographs of
landscapes, townscape or cityscape.

The course commences with drawing exercises and
students will be encouraged to develop their drawing
skills using a range of materials including charcoal, pastel,
in order to enhance your understanding of tonal
values. The tutor will demonstrate different painting
techniques and facilitate students understanding of
each technique and the properties of different media
being used. Demonstrations will be supported with
presentations of key established artists from Irish and
European traditions of landscape painting.

A timetable and materials list will be available following registration.

Applications opening soon


D/P 103  
Drawing and Colour Studies: INTRODUCTORY 

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Mary Burke
Day: Thursday, 
Duration: 22 weeks,
Course Fee 
16 Students

This course will provide an introduction to drawing and
working from observation. Through a series of projects
students will be given instruction in composition,
proportion, tone and texture. Colour mixing and
colour theory will form an integral part of the course
programme. Over the 22 weeks students will be
introduced to a wide range of drawing and painting
materials. The aim is to provide students with the
necessary skills and confidence to continue working on
their own and/or to progress with their art education
to other courses within the CEAD programme.


D/P 105  
Drawing and Painting the Figure INTERMEDIATE

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Kenneth Donfield
Day: Thursday, 6.30pm to 9pm
Duration: 22 weeks, 
Course Fee €375
15 Students

Students for this course should have already acquired
a basic knowledge and skill of drawing. This course will
allow for sustained perceptual concentration, with
freedom to experiment and revise. The course begins
with a series of studies, using a variety of poses,
Exploring tone, light, space, composition and pictorial
structure. Students are encouraged to work in a
broad and diverse manner. Slide show presentations
of figurative artists from past to present will feature as part of the course. Also tutor led group discussions and critiques to support progression and development of work.

 All media from pencil, charcoal, pastel, oil paint and mixed media
may be explored. Technical support and instruction
will be given on materials, their values, properties and
how to apply these to a surface. Through observation and
understanding of the many contemporary approaches
to working from the human figure, students will enhance
their ability and knowledge of working in the life studio.

A timetable and materials list will be available following registration.

* Please note that NCAD is responsible for the booking of life models, however, NCAD has no responsibility where models fail to show up for classes.

Applications Opening Soon


D/P 106 
Techniques of Watercolour INTERMEDIATE

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Susanne Mahon
Day: Thursday, 
Duration: 22 weeks
Course Fee €
16 Students

This course is designed for students who have
knowledge of working with watercolours and who
wish to explore the discipline and techniques in
greater depth. Students will be encouraged to use
the medium to its full potential and perhaps move
away from the traditional watercolour teachings by
incorporating them with other mediums, for example
gouache, ink, chalk pastel. Sketching and drawing will
also be incorporated into the course. Students will be
expected to keep notebooks to record their experiments
for reference as well as ideas, which they may like
to explore in the future. The aim of the course is to
encourage experimentation and exploration of ideas
whilst aiming to produce a number of works, which
will be summated for the CEAD exhibition at the end
of term. There will be numerous demonstrations on
techniques and styles.


D/P 107  
Painting Processes INTERMEDIATE

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Paul MacCormaic
Day: Monday 6.30pm to 9pm 
Duration: 22 weeks, commencing 
Course Fee €375
15 Students

This course is suitable for students who wish to become more accomplished and confident at painting to progress to an accredited course or enhanced studio practice. This is an intermediate level course, participants should have acquired basic skills and techniques in drawing and painting. 

The aim of the course is to:

  • Encourage students to use paint as a vehicle in which to express ideas and develop concepts.
  • Emphasise the importance of the sketchbook/ notebook as an essential tool for storing and developing ideas, conducting research, and keeping a reflective visual diary. 
  • Support the learner to discover how the skills that are covered in the course, support each student’s individual approach.
  • Direct students towards the study of artists in a historical and contemporary context that are appropriate to project work.

Painting Processes begins with an announcement of the themes of the project that will run for the twenty-two weeks. Students will be given instruction in the use of sketchbooks and mind maps as a starting point. The course is process-driven where ideas are explored through a series of exercises. The initial classes of the course include a revision of the basic methods in painting. As the course progresses, more complicated techniques and processes are added. Acrylic paint, and to a lesser extent, oil paint, is used. Watercolours material and techniques are not covered. 

From the outset, emphasis is placed on the keeping of a research notebook. Students are encouraged to use their notebook as testing ground for techniques, thoughts, ideas and observational drawing.  The research notebook is a basis for the formation of the student’s own visual language.  Students, using a wide range of sources and ideas, will give an outline of initial work developed in their sketchbook and indicate how they intend to translate preliminary work into a resolved painting and will receive feedback. As the weeks progress, the prescribed exercises will be completed, and students will devote more time to their project, working up finished paintings.

Students will engage in exercises that the tutor will give a demonstration and students will be encouraged to follow up and investigate the new process’s suitability to the project. The techniques covered are; glazing, alla prima, under and overpainting, washes, drybrush, scumbling, impasto and sgraffito. Topics such as aerial perspective, night scenes, abstraction, and skin tones for portraiture are covered. Teaching methods also include small group or one-to-one tutorials, and towards the end of the course, student presentation and group critiques.

Students may be taken to exhibitions if suitable ones are on show.

Learning outcomes

On completion students will be able to: 

  • Research and develop a self-directed project through a series of targeted exercises.
  • Maintain a notebook that contains ideas, research, development, and reflection.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary painting practice and analyse these sources to assist in developing their ideas. 
  • Present a range of sketches and resolved paintings.

    Applications opening soon

D/P 108
Drawing and Contemporary Art Practice  

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Bernie Markey
Day: Tuesday, 
Duration: 10 weeks
Course Fee: 
16 Students

This course is suitable for students who have completed a beginners drawing course or have experience in the area of observational drawing and wish to progress their skills and ideas.  Students who have an interest in contemporary drawing practices and drawing from observation. 

The course offers students the means to develop skills, explore materials, engage with drawing as a visual dialogue, and to develop their work in an in-depth way.

The subject matter is the human form and work is carried out from the life model, and from the students themselves, using mirrors, looking directly, and photos/2d. Some out of class work is required (a minimum of 5 hours over the course).

Over weeks 1-5 students engage in a range of drawing exercises designed to develop specific drawing skills, for example we use gesture drawing to loosen up and intensify looking, rubber drawing to focus on tone, and anatomy to focus on structure. Exploring materials and surfaces is an integral part of the learning on this course and students are encouraged to try out various materials and surfaces. To help develop ideas students carry out research into contemporary artists that work from themselves or the human form in their practice, such as; Nick Miller, Jenny Saville.

Over weeks 5 and 6 students review their work and prepare a self-set project, by developing an area of interest to them in a more in depth way. Students’ can focus on a theme, such as unusual angles, light and shade, anatomy, or choose a particular material/format to explore. Drawings can be in the form of a collection of drawings on loose sheets or sketchbook, a series of related drawings, or a large scale drawing.  The model will be available over weeks 7-10 and students can choose to work from themselves or from the model, or a combination.  The tutor will give demonstrations, also a slide show on relevant artists to assist in the development of ideas and provide feedback to students on their progress.



Printmaking – Etching and Carborundum

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Elaine Leader
Day: Tuesday, 
Duration: 22 weeks
Course Fee €
12 Students

This course is suitable for students who already have
experience in etching techniques and knowledge of
the processes involved. The course will provide an
opportunity for students to further develop their
skills and abilities in making prints. Through a series
of exercises in a range of techniques and processes,
students will be encouraged to advance their own
work and interests. Subjects covered include etching,
drypoint and carborundum. Through individual tuition,
demonstration of techniques and discussion of ideas,
students will be encouraged to advance their creative
potential and develop their visual awareness.



Constructing Sculpture through Bronze Casting

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Vivian Hansbury
Day: Wednesday
Duration: 22 weeks, commencing
Course fee: €470
12 Students

Course Fee €470, plus additional fee of approx €165 per
person for casting bronze work using professional casting facility

This 22 week course is suitable for students with
art and object making experience or knowledge of
design. It will provide students with an introduction
to technical skills in bronze casting and in sculptural
construction. At the end of the course students will
have an understanding of the bronze casting process and
be able to construct from start to finish a bronze
sculptural form.The course will provide an introduction
to bronze casting, and students will work in a foundry
/studio to produce original work. Subjects covered
include, bronze casting techniques, wax work, silicone,
investment, mould making using clay, metal finishing,
and patination. The course will concentrate on technique
and work practice and students will learn the process
through direct involvement in their own work.

Applications opening soon



C/D 501  
Jewellery Skills INTRODUCTORY

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Erika Marks
Day: Tuesday, 
Duration: 21 weeks
Course Fee 
14 Students

The principal aim of the course will be the student
gaining fluency at using basic tools such as a saw-frame,
pliers, soldering torch etc., enabling them to approach
different aspects of jewellery making with growing
confidence, thereby allowing their creative side to
have an outlet.

Once the basic techniques have been introduced,
students will be encouraged to practise and improve
skills by designing their own pieces, experimenting
while still working within their abilities. Students will
be shown examples of finished work that demonstrates
different applications of the techniques they are
acquiring. Students will be encouraged to source
material for personal design inspiration. Discussion
will be had with each student about the practical
nature of their designs and appropriate direction and
advice given as necessary.

Specific safety instructions will be given during demos
as each new piece of equipment or tool is covered.
A kit of basic consumable supplies will be available
for purchase at the beginning of the course.


C/D 503  

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Patricia Plunkett
Day: Tuesday, 6.30pm to 9pm weekly, 
Duration: 22 weeks, commenicng
Course Fee €525
8 Students

This course provides tuition in the basic techniques
of stained glass i.e. glass-cutting, foil work and lead
work, also 3-D work, planters and lamp shades etc.
Students will be encouraged to undertake their own
individual projects, developing design concepts and
making an individual stained-glass work. A limited
selection of materials can be purchased on the

Applications opening soon


C/D 505  

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Patricia Plunkett
Day: Wednesday, 6.30pm to 9pm weekly, 
Duration: 22 weeks, commenicng 
Course Fee €490
8 Students

This course is for those who already have experience
in Stained Glass craft work. It aims to increase students
understanding of an approach to designing and
undertaking material pieces of work. There will be an
emphasis on design concepts and the development of more
advanced techniques using the equipment of the Glass
Department. Each student will be encouraged to
undertake his or her own individual projects throughout
the course.  Course outcomes:
• Increase students awareness of their ability in
design through set projects
• Build individual students confidence in how to
approach a design and develop a design concept
through project based work
• Increase students research techniques

Applications opening soon



V/C 404  
Photography - INTERMEDIATE

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Rhoda Cunningham
Day: Monday, 
Duration: 11 weeks
Course Fee €
10 Students

Course Content

This 11 week photography course provides students with an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of photographic techniques and become more independent in their approach to a chosen subject.  Students will enhance their skills through projects and briefs.  Students with varying interests will have an opportunity to pursue photography in areas that are most relevant to them and develop the skills necessary to achieve their learning goals.

In tandem with project and workshop methodologies students are introduced to history of photography, studio skills and greater camera control.  There is also an opportunity for students to explore pinhole photography.   Theoretical and appreciation topics discussed include; history of photography, portraiture, landscape, architectural and fine art and travel photography.  Students will be referred to photographers and artists who may be of interest with respect to individual projects.  This course is suitable for students considering applying to the Certificate programme in Photography



V/C 507  

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Alastair Keady
Day: Wednesday, 
Duration: 15 weeks, commencing 
Course Fee €430
13 Students

This course is suited to those who wish to upskill or reskill. The course evening offers an introduction to the key components of graphic design.  This course will be offered in a blended format.  Students will require access to a computer and to adobe software.  Teaching methods include; demonstration, presentation, lecture, small group discussion and feedback on progress.

Course Content
• Visual communications and the creative process
• What is graphic design? Typography – theory and
• Type, image, visual literacy, organisation and
• Developing problem solving strategies
• Developing an understanding of print materials.
An examination of paper and the form, function
and tactile nature of printed material

Series of graphic design foundation lectures, with
associated practical homework exercises (outcomes
critiqued in the following week):
1. What is Graphic Design?
2. Point, Line, Plane
3. Rhythm and Balance
4. Scale and Texture
5. Colour and Tone
6. Visual Hierarchy
7. Typographic Anatomy and Expression
8. Typesetting for Display and Body Copy
9. Macro and Micro Typography
10. Strategies and Techniques for Image-Making
11. Creative Strategies; Visual Rhetoric, Wit,
Metaphor, Syntax, Semantics
12. Creative Strategies; Mapping Concepts, Happy
13. Design in Context; Know your Audience
and Medium
14. Production Processes; Reprographics and Print
15. Grids, Templates and Stylesheets

From class 9, an ongoing parallel practical exercise,
producing a suite of designed elements, will run up
until the final class. Progress and refinement on this
exercise will be continually assessed

Applications opening soon


V/C 508  
Letterpress Printing INTRODUCTORY

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Mary Plunkett
Day: Tuesday:  6.30 to 9
Duration: 11 weeks
Course Fee €280
8 Students

This course will cover the basic techniques of letterpress
printing: type setting with metal and wood type, locking
up for print, registration, lino cut, multiple colour
relief printing and producing short editions using a
proofing press. The eleven week programme, offers a
fantastic opportunity to gain access to Distillers Press,
the only working letterpress facility in third level
education in Ireland. Those with experience in graphic
design / typography / print may find the course
particularly interesting but prior knowledge of design
is not required. The course will begin with an induction
to the workshop, an overview of letterpress printing
with examples of artists’ & designers’ work, an
explanation of hand setting and an introduction to
the use of the press. A number of short projects will
follow, to explain the processes and then participants
will be encouraged to create their own work under
supervision. This can take the form of small editions
of prints, posters, simple books, cards or stationery.
The course will provide an excellent overview of the
processes and materials involved in letterpress printing.
A certain amount of quality paper will be provided to
begin the course and then additional sheets may be
purchased as it progresses.

Course duration: 11 weeks


V/C 509  
Letterpress Printing INTERMEDIATE

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Mary Plunkett
Day: Tuesday: 6.30 to 9
Duration: 10 weeks
Course Fee €320
8 Students

Course content 

This ten week course is suited to students who have completed an introductory course or have experience with setting metal and wooden type.  Individuals with a background in graphic design, typography, print, literature may find this course particularly interesting.  This ten week course provides an opportunity to access the Distillers Press and the collection of over 500 cases of wood and metal type.  Participants will build on basic techniques of hand setting and with guidance undertake research and work toward a large project or set of small projects.  This limited edition will take the form of prints, posters, booklets or cards and could involve typography, or illustration or a combination of both.  As well as typography based projects, participants can make use of other relief methods such as printing from lino cut and digitally designed plates as well as printing with multiple colours and hand inking.

The course provides an overview of the: processes and materials involved in letterpress printing, and offer participants a change to develop a larger project over time.  Participants can research their own paper stock or suitable sheets may be purchased from distillers press at the course progresses.  An archive of previous work made in Distillers Press may be viewed on the website www.distillerspress.com



D 603  
Embroidered Textile Design INTRODUCTORY

Applications opening soon
Tutor: Rosemary Cullen,
Day: Tuesday, 6.30pm to 9pm weekly
Duration: 11 weeks, 
Course Fee €280
10 Students

During this short evening course, students follow a
programme which aims to encourage the exploration
of embroidered textiles in a contemporary way. An
overview of historical and contemporary practice in
embroidery will provide the framework for students
to experiment and explore stitch. Classes will focus
on experimenting with a range of hand and machine
stitch techniques, ways of manipulating fabric and the
use of alternative materials as surfaces on which to stitch.
Students will be encouraged to develop their own project
with the assistance of the tutor using the techniques
developed during the course. A materials list will be
distributed before commencement of the course.

Applications opening soon

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