Professional Certificate in Creative Diversity AD477PC

This course runs form 5 Feb to 1 March 2024.

Applications Now Open

Duration- 5th Feb 2024 
Credits- 5
NFQ Level- 9
Contact hours -

  • Week 1: Knowing - Monday - Friday 10am - 1pm 

  • Week 2: Doing - Monday - Friday 10am - 1pm

The programme consists of a series of lectures, case studies, activities, discussions and group work supported by workshops and toolkits.

Online session: 

There are nine online sessions (10am-1pm)

Feb 9th
Feb 12th
Feb 19th, 21st, 23rd
Feb 26th, 28th, Mar 1st

In-person sessions:

There will one in-person session:
Friday Feb 16th  10am -1pm (Unconscious Bias Training)

What to expect?

This course looks to equip learners with an awareness of the issues surrounding designing diversity and equality, such as the need to decolonise the discipline, while also providing the tools, methods and platforms to enact personal, professional and sectoral change. 

Art and Design have far-reaching capacities for generating shared language and connecting people and communities. The creative arts and industries offer powerful means for conveying ideas and shaping experiences across habituated boundaries. Today we see those forms resonate more than ever before in the multilingual, culturally heterogeneous, digitally interconnected spaces around the globe. There is a striking lack of diversity in the art and design sector, and studios, agencies and organisations do not reflect contemporary society. 

The course is developed in partnership with DesignOpp and the Institute of Designers in Ireland.

Professional Certificate in Creative Diversity is  an intensive 2-week course. 

In the first week students will gain understanding of race, racism and stereotyping and how it manifested in graphic design. 

Students will also take part in an unconscious bias training given by an industry expert. 

They will also look at decolonising art; what it means and also steps needed to create change.

In the second week students will get their creative briefs centred around creating possible solutions to help people improve their experiences in the Direct Provision Centres in Ireland.

Student Experience

The course aims to foster a culture of inclusion that welcomes difference, promotes agency and facilitates shared community-building, enabling long marginalised voices to join and substantively transform our creative discourses, and engaging further with global perspectives and a more expansive spectrum of creative cultures, practices, and competencies.

Educational Standard

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

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)  – Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements for admission may be considered on the basis of a recognition of previous  learning  whether based on prior relevant experience or other relevant credited or non credited or learning (RPL). In such cases each applicant will be considered on a case-by-case basis based on a review of the applicant’s CV and other supporting documentation.

Please contact for further information.

Qualifying Examination –  In certain cases the academic team may choose to set a qualifying assignment in order to assess an applicant’s suitability for admission.

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 Documentation 

  • 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

Document Description

When uploading documents please make sure you clearly label them using the Description Box like in the example below 

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.

Applications are open


For information on tuition fees please follow this link

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

Scholarship Opportunity

A CFA 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 of our CFA short courses.

Find out if you are eligible to apply

Fill in the CFA@NCAD scholarship application form


Step 1: Click on Apply Now link below  | Step 2: Fill in your details

Step 3: Upload your Supporting Documents

  • You can also submit your application even before you upload the necessary documents. 
  • You can not add new documents after you have submitted. 
  • Additional documents can be sent to and we will upload them on your behalf. 

Step 4: Submit your application to NCAD

This course is aimed at designers and creatives who wish to recognise unconscious bias, understand and implement change and embed diversity within their social networks, communities and creative practices. 

Participants who wish to gain insight, reflect and react to discussions on racial microaggression, activism, and sterotyping.

Career Opportunities

The programme is designed to meet the needs of the creative sector within and beyond Ireland. 

As such the constituent awards explicitly address key requirements identified in extensive discussions and research undertaken with industry partners and representative bodies such as the Arts Council, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and Institute of Designers in Ireland, and findings from government and sectoral reports.

Progression Opportunites 

The programme seeks to provide the transversal and specialist skills to equip creative practitioners to work within existing career paths, while also forge new career and creative pathways and learning.

As one of a suite of programmes that make up the Design Futures offer at NCAD, the Professional Certificate in Creative Diversity seeks to provide a scholarly framework for students who wish to study specific, connected aspects of creative disciplines and themes within a leading art and design college setting. Many aspects of the suite of programmes will be delivered in collaboration with partners from the Creative Sector and in addition, a number of programme sessions will have a public dimension, allowing us to invite other interested parties from the fields of contemporary creative practice and scholarship to join our conversations and creative activities. 

The suite of Design Futures programmes complement and point toward our existing specialist masters provision. They are designed to provide flexible and adaptable learning experiences which appeal to life-wide and life-long learners.

Programme Contact

Greg Osborne (DesignOpp):
Mic Chikanda (DesignOpp):

Admissions Contact

01 636 4200