Professional Certificate in Art and Ecology AD472PC

Are you interested in the intersections of contemporary art with ecology? Do you want to develop your creative making and critical thinking skills in a meaningful and tangible way? If so, the Professional Certificate in Art and Ecology at NCAD may be just what you’re looking for.

Duration- 4 Weeks
Credits- 5
NFQ Level- 9
Conact hour- The programme will begin in the week of the Summer Solstice (from June 19th) and will run over 4 weeks until mid July. This will entail 3 immersive days followed by 1 half day per week. 

Timetable of immersive days

  • Wednesday 21st June (half day) CFA Solstice introductions in the Field

  • Monday 26th June 10-4pm

  • Monday 3rd  July 10-4pm

  • Monday 10th July 10-4pm.

Watch the Presentation from the Postgrad Futures Week, May 2023

The programme works directly with an urban embedded novel ecology of the NCAD FIELD site, which acts as an outdoor classroom, a site for nature connection, 'commoning', and a testing site for multi-species futures.

By connecting to the site and its seasonal activity, learners can explore and enact nature/culture connections, expanding their research, creative making, and critical thinking skills in meaningful and liveable ways. The course also explores the social, political, economic, and historical issues that frame the ecology of the surroundings. Practitioners will expand, develop, and question their practices using the NCAD FIELD as a testing site and shared learning space.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in contemporary art with a focus on ecology or are simply passionate about exploring the intersections of these fields, this programme is a great place to start. Apply now to gain a deep understanding of the relationship between art and ecology and develop the skills necessary to create meaningful and impactful works in this exciting field.

What to expect?

NCAD FIELD and the broader Liberties area will be the main location. 

In addition to more formal modes of presentation (lecture formats, walks, gatherings, immersive fieldwork) which will offer a broad contextual understanding, learners will work with researchers and ecologists from NovelEco of Trinity College to conduct a biodiversity survey of the NCAD FIELD site. 

This will contribute to the collective work to appraise the FIELD as a Novel Ecology in place of being zoned as brownfield or derelict space. As well as creating a database for the FIELD to further research and understanding, this survey is framed as a training in observation, care and attention to a site. This combination of theory and practice lays a foundation for follow on modules (see below). 

On successful completion of this module learners will be able to:

  1. DEFINE: Demonstrate an outline knowledge and understanding of select core principles, processes and concepts associated with the Art and Critical Ecology.
  2. CHARACTERISE: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the differing characteristics and practices associated with their contemporary creative Ecological Practices.
  3. DISTINGUISH: Demonstrate the ability to undertake analysis, evaluation and synthesis of associated debates surrounding and centered in the programme pathway.

Coursework is plotted onto seasonal and environmental time. It will be initiated the week of the Summer Solstice (from June 19th) and will run over 4 weeks until mid-July. This will entail 3 immersive days followed by 1 half day per week. 

Educational Standard

All applicants are expected to present an approved Bachelor degree at minimum level of 2nd class honours (2.2)

Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements may be considered on the basis of prior work or learning experience (RPEL). Candidates may be required to pass a qualifying examination set by the relevant department before being accepted to a Masters degree programme. Attendance at selected undergraduate lecture courses at NCAD, together with related written work may be prescribed. 

You may apply for the programme if you are currently completing your Undergraduate Degree. NCAD will review the rest of your application If necessary, we can make you a Conditional Offer. When your degree is completed and you send us final transcripts we will upgrade this to a Full Offer. 

Essential Supporting Documents

  • A Statement of Interest - 500 words framing your reasons for applying to the programme. Please indicate a subject/discipline area that you believe can best advance your practice.   

  • A recent CV

  • Certified transcripts of previous programmes followed

  • Certified copies of degree/ certificates and/or other appropriate third level qualifications bearing the official stamp of the institution.

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English Language Requirements 

All programmes in NCAD are taught through English. International Applicants are asked to provide proof of their English Language Proficiency.

Full details of acceptable tests and the standard required can be found at the following link English Language Requirement.


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There is a fee of €600 for this programme. It is free to apply. 

Scholarship Opportunity

 A Creative Futures Academy scholarship encourages the participation of learners from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education by offering one free place on all CFA short courses. 

There will be one scholarship available for the Professional Certificate in Art and Ecology. 

The application form for Scholarships is available here. 

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The coursework is intended to evolve and shift working and life practice across a wide range of professional, personal and educational contexts. As every level of society tries to integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals into their everyday operations, and we move towards a Circular Economy the need to work creatively and responsively in an embedded and sustained location are critical and urgently needed skills

Programme Contact

Seoidin O’Sullivan:
Mark Clare:

Admissions Contact

01 636 4200