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 Open

Deadline: Open
Portfolio: Not Required
Award: University Certificate in Visual Arts Practice
Credits/Level: 30 ECTS credits, Level 7 NFQ
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
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 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 are open, chose your module and click on Apply Here

Terms starts the week of 19th September 2022

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 Course Full Join Waitlist
 
CEAD1002 Professional Practice Mandatory* 5 11

 Semester 2

Thursday

Start date TBC

300

Course Full Join Waitlist
 

CEAD1004 Drawing, Print & Mixed Media A 10 22

Wednesday

(Starting 21st September)

600 1 Place is Now Available, Contact cead@staff.ncad.ie

01 636 4214

CEAD1005 Extending a Visual Language A 10 22

Wednesday

(Starting 21st September)

600 2 Places are Now Available, Contact cead@staff.ncad.ie

01 636 4214

CEAD1006 Sculpture & Drawing  A 10 22

Tuesday

(Starting 20th September) 

600

2 Places are Now Available, Contact cead@staff.ncad.ie

01 636 4214

CEAD1007 Exploring Creative Embroidery A 10 22

Thursday

(Starting 22nd September) 

600

1 Place is Now Available, Contact cead@staff.ncad.ie

01 636 4214

CEAD1008 Materials, Techniques & Language of Painting B 10 11

Friday

(Starting 23rd September) 

600

1 Place is Now Available, Contact cead@staff.ncad.ie

01 636 4214

CEAD1009 Painting & Visual Research B 10 22

Monday

(Starting 19th September) 

600 2 Places are Now Available, Contact cead@staff.ncad.ie

01 636 4214

CEAD1010 Ceramics B 10 22

Thursday

(Starting 29th September)

600 Course Full Join Waitlist
CEAD1011 Printed Textile Design B 10 22

Monday

(Starting 19th September)

600

2 Places are Now Available, Contact cead@staff.ncad.ie

01 636 4214

CEAD1012 Jewellery & Object Design B 10 22

Monday

(Starting 19th September)

600 Course Full Join Waitlist 
CEAD1013 Bronze Casting as a Sculptural Process B 10 22

Thursday

(Starting 29th September) 

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

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

The programme is open to mature students who have turned 21 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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