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: Applications opening 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 2022-2023: Fees charged per module see table below
Programme Code: AD094
APPLY Online through the links in table below
Download AD094 VAP Programme Structure 

Watch the VAP presentation below.

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

CEAD1002 Professional Practice Mandatory 5 11  S2 Thursday 300


CEAD1003 Drawing Techniques A 10        
CEAD1004 Drawing, Print & Mixed Media A 10 22 Wednesday 600  
CEAD1005 Extending a Visual Language A 10 22 Wednesday 600  
CEAD1006 Sculpture & Drawing  A 10 22 Tuesday 600  
CEAD1007 Exploring Creative Embroidery A 10 22 Thursday 600  
CEAD1008 Materials, Techniques & Language of Painting B 10 11 Friday 600  
CEAD1009 Painting & Visual Research B 10 22 Monday 600  
CEAD1010 Ceramics B 10 22 Wednesday    
CEAD1011 Printed Textile Design B 10 22 Monday 600  
CEAD1012 Jewellery & Object Design B 10        
CEAD1013 Bronze Casting as a Sculptural Process B 10 22 Thursday 600  

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.

Admission Requirements

The programme is open to mature students who have turned 23 on or before 1 January of the year in which they wish to commence study on the programme, and who have experience in art, design, or photography either from completing a summer or short course at NCAD, or completing a module on the Visual Arts Practice programme as audit only, or have similar experience. Leaving Certificate or FETAC or equivalent is a requirement for entry. 
To apply for entry to the programme, applicants must complete a written application form. Applicants must also demonstrate that they will be able to manage the academic writing elements of the programme. 
Applicants may also submit a portfolio to have previous learning or experience recognised (RPL) to fulfil entry criteria. Students can also apply for recognition of prior learning for any of the modules, to a maximum of 10 credits of the programme. 

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