CEAD University Certificate in Drawing and Visual Investigation

The University Certificate in Drawing and Visual Investigation (DVI) part-time course offers students an opportunity to explore ideas and develop skills essential to contemporary fine art studio practice.

Applications 2023 are now closed
Applications for 2024 will open spring 2024
Award University Certificate in Drawing and Visual Investigation
Credits Level 30 ECTS, Level 7 NFQ
Admission Requirements 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 and a completed application form including a short statement of interest
Portfolio Not required
Duration Autumn to spring,  2 evenings per week 
Fee 2022-2023 €1,800 payable in two instalments, autumn and spring
Programme Code AD095 

Watch the DVI presentation below

AD095 DVI Programme Specification

Application Notes

Applications will open Spring 2024

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Students are required to have access to a computer, Internet and be familar with Google Classroom
Term starts the week of 18th September, 2023

AD095 DVI Modules

Code Module Name  Credits Semester
6.15 to 9pm 
CEAD1020 Materials and Experimentation Studio 1 1 Tuesday & Thursday
CEAD1021 Processes and Practice Studio 1 1 Tuesday & Thursday
CEAD1001 Theories and Concepts in Critical Cultures 1 Tuesday & Thursday
CEAD1022 Ideas & Concepts Studio 2 10 2 Tuesday & Friday
CEAD1002 Professional Practice 1 5 2 Tuesday & Friday

About the CEAD DVI Certificate

This one year certificate course is for mature students 21 and over,  who are interested in participating in a challenging learning opportunity in visual art and studio practice. The course is designed to meet the needs of students who have already demonstrated a commitment to their own art and design education and who wish to develop their knowledge in this field as a form of personal or professional development.  Drawing and Visual Investigation is concerned with conceptual approaches to drawing as well as developing student direct observation, practical skills and visual analysis. Students completing the programme and achieving the learning outcomes are eligible to apply to the part-time Higher Diploma in Art.


Helen Killane Course Coordinator
Fiona Loughnane Visual Culture

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