CEAD University Certificate in Visual Arts Practice (VAP)

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

Applications Open June 2024
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 following basic requirements; age 21 before January 2024, Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent, English profiency and  a foundational introductory, non credit, art, design or photography course such as an NCAD short summer course and an application form
Portfolio Not Required
Duration 22 weeks, evenings, autumn to spring, full programme can be completed over 1 to 3 years
Fee 2024-2025 Fees charged per module, see table below
Programme Code AD094

Watch the VAP presentation below

The Certificate in Visual Arts Practice is an accredited course for mature students seeking flexible quality learning opportunities at NCAD. The course contains multiple module choices to students who can construct their own programme of learning.

Things you need to know before applying

To achieve the full award students must complete 30 credits over 1 to 3 years
Students chose modules 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B and both mandatory modules, see table below
Students must complete a studio module before taking Professional Practice CEAD1002, unless completing the VAP Certificate in a single year
Bookings are online only 
Bookings to be made in the student name and details only
Make an individual appliciation to each module you want to study, only
Modules offered will be subject to availability of spaces and level of demand
If you have been at NCAD previously use your MyNCAD account
To reset your password contact studentrecords@student.ncad.ie and include your name, date of birth and 8 digit student ID/reference number
New Students click to apply, then select New Account & keep your password safe
Students are required to have access to a computer, Internet and be familar with Google Classroom
Classes start week of 16th September 2024
VAP classes run 6.30pm to 9pm 
The Open Learning 2023 inititative provides Fee Waivers for certain VAP modules is now closed for applications.
Information about the Fee Waiver can be found here

AD094 VAP Modules

For Module Descriptors, click on the module code
For more Course Information, click on the module name
Module Name
Evening 6.30 to 9pm
Fees 2024-2025 
Apply online only
CEAD1001 Theories & Concepts in Critical Cultures Mandatory 5 12

 Semester 1


CEAD1002 Professional Practice Mandatory 5 11

 Semester 2


Starts January 2025
CEAD1004 Drawing, Print & Mixed Media A 10 22


CEAD1005 Extending a Visual Language A 10 22


CEAD1006 Sculpture & Drawing  A 10 22


CEAD1007 Exploring Creative Embroidery A 10 22


CEAD1008 Materials, Techniques & Language of Painting B 10 22


CEAD1009 Painting & Visual Research B 10 22


CEAD1010 Ceramics B 10 22 Wednesday 600  
CEAD1011 Printed Textile Design B 10 22


CEAD1013 Bronze Casting as a Sculptural Process B 10 22



AD094 VAP Programme Specification

What are Audit or Credit courses

Two options are available for students taking Visual Arts Practice modules.
Audit option students participate in the module but do not submit their work for formal 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.

Admission Requirements

Places are allocated on a first come basis to applicants with the following basic requirements; mature students age 21 before January 2024, an Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent and have completed an introductory, foundational or non-credit course in art, design or photography in a subject that relates to their chosen CEAD module. This is an intemediate level programme and not suitable for beginners. Certain modules require student to already have specific skills. To apply for entry to the programme, applicants must complete the online application form. Applicants must also demonstrate that they will be able to manage the academic writing elements of the programme and need English proficiency. To have Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) or previous experience recognised to fulfil entry criteria, applicants may also submit a portfolio. Students can also apply for RPL for any of the modules to a maximum of 10 credits of the programme. 


A key pillar of CEAD programmes is Progression within arts and design education. On successful completion of the Visual Arts Practice certificate, students are eligible to apply to the part-time Higher Diploma in Art NFQ Level 8. Higher Diploma in Art graduates are then eligible to apply, via advanced entry, to the final year of NCAD's undergraduate BA Degree studies.

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