CEAD University Certificate in Visual Arts Practice (VAP)

The VAP University Certificate and Audit/Credit courses are studio based practical and theoretical courses that are suited to students interested in developing a professional visual arts practice.

Applications open: Recruitment for Semester 2 commencing soon
Portfolio: Not Required
Award: University Certificate in Visual Arts Practice
Credits/Level: 30 ects, Level 7 NFQ
Duration: Runs over 22 weeks (evenings) Autumn-Spring, full programme can be completed over 1-3 years
Fee 2020-2021: Fees charged per module see table below
Programme Code: AD094
APPLY Online through the links in table below
Download AD094 VAP Programme Structure 

Recruitment for VAP 2020  Semester 2 commencing soon
Modules offered will be subject to availability of spaces and level of demand
Preference will be given to continuing VAP students

Students can combine modules in a flexible way to complete 30 credits over 1-3 years.  To achieve the full award students must complete both mandatory modules and one module from each of Group A and Group B.  see table below.

AD094 VAP Programme Information

AD094 VAP Audit/Credit Modules

Code Module Name Group  Credits Weeks Evening Fee € Apply Online
CEAD1001 Theories & Concepts in Critical Cultures Mandatory 5 12

 S1 Thursday

300 2020 Applications
CEAD1002 Professional Practice Mandatory 5 11  S2 Thursday 300 Recruitment opening soon for Semster 2
CEAD1003 Drawing Techniques A 10 22   600 Not running 
CEAD1004 Drawing, Print & Mixed Media A 10 22 Wednesday 600 2020 Applications
CEAD1005 Extending a Visual Language A 10 22 Wednesday 600 2020 Applications
CEAD1006 Sculpture & Drawing  A 10 22 Tuesday 600 2020 Applications
CEAD1007 Exploring Creative Embroidery A 10 22 Thursday 600 2020 Applications
CEAD1008 Materials, Techniques & Language of Painting B 10 11 Friday 600 2020 Applications
CEAD1009 Painting & Visual Research B 10 22 Monday 600 2020 Applications
CEAD1010 Ceramics B 10 22 Wednesday 600 2020 Applications
CEAD1011 Printed Textile Design B 10 22   600 Not running Semester 1 
CEAD1012 Jewellery & Object Design B 10 22   600 Not running 
CEAD1013 Bronze Casting as a Sculptural Process B 10 22 Thursday 600 2020 Applications

The Certificate in Visual Arts Practice is one of a number of accredited courses available to mature students seeking flexible quality learning opportunities at NCAD. The course contains multiple modules offering choice to students, who can construct a sequential programme of learning from a multidisciplinary modular framework.

What are Audit/Credit courses?

Audit/Credit (A/C) courses are part-time modules offered in a range of Fine Art and Design subjects. A/C courses provide students with an option to study part-time and build credit toward a recognised third level qualification. Choose from the list in the table above. 

Two options are provided for students taking Audit/Credit courses:

• Audit option: students participate in the module but do not submit their work for assessment and do not gain credit for accumulation purposes.

• Credit option: students submit their work for assessment by tutors and gain appropriate credit which is certified and may be used for accumulation purposes towards the completion of a Certificate, Diploma or Degree.


Students who successfully complete a Certificate course with CEAD can apply to the part-time AD082 Higher Diploma in Art NFQ Level 8.

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