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 for 2023 new entrants will open in June

Award: University Certificate in Visual Arts Practice
Credits/Level: 30 ECTS credits, Level 7 NFQ
Admission Requirements: Places are allocated on a first come basis to applicants with the basic requirements listed below:
  • Age 21 on January 1st 2023
  • Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • A foundational, introductory, non credit, art or design course such as an NCAD short summer course
  • A completed application form
 
 
 
Portfolio: Not Required
Duration: Runs over 22 weeks (evenings) autumn to spring, full programme can be completed over 1 to 3 years
Fee 2022-2023: Fees charged per module see table below
Programme Code: AD094
 
 
 
 
 
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 to 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

Applications for Autumn 2023 entry will open early July

 

Code Module Name Group  Credits Weeks
Evening 6.30 to 9pm
Fee € Apply Online
CEAD1001 Theories & Concepts in Critical Cultures Mandatory 5 12

 Semester 1

Thursday

(Starting 22nd September) 

300
 
CEAD1002 Professional Practice *Mandatory 5 11

 Semester 2

Thursday

5th January 2023

300


One place left, see note* below & contact cead@staff.ncad.ie

CEAD1004 Drawing, Print & Mixed Media A 10 22

Wednesday

(Starting 21st September)

600

 

CEAD1005 Extending a Visual Language A 10 22

Wednesday

(Starting 21st September)

600  
CEAD1006 Sculpture & Drawing  A 10 22

Tuesday

(Starting 20th September) 

600

 

CEAD1007 Exploring Creative Embroidery A 10 22

Thursday

(Starting 22nd September) 

600

 

CEAD1008 Materials, Techniques & Language of Painting B 10 22

Friday

(Starting 23rd September) 

600

 

CEAD1009 Painting & Visual Research B 10 22

Monday

(Starting 19th September) 

600  
CEAD1010 Ceramics B 10 22

Thursday

(Starting 29th September)

600  
CEAD1011 Printed Textile Design B 10 22

Monday

(Starting 19th September)

600

 

CEAD1012 Jewellery & Object Design B 10 22

Monday

(Starting 19th September)

600  
CEAD1013 Bronze Casting as a Sculptural Process B 10 22

Thursday

(Starting 29th September) 

600  
*Please note that students are required to have completed a studio module before taking Professional Practice CEAD1002, unless completing all 30 credits of the VAP Certificate in a single year
*Please note that all students are required to have access to a computer and WiFi
 

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.

Progression

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

Places are allocated on a first come basis to applicants with the following basic requirements; mature students who have turned 21 on or before 1 January of the year in which they wish to commence study on the programme; Experience in art, design or photography either from completing a summer or short course at NCAD, 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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