Professional Certificate in New Platforms for Artists (Art & Technology) AD474PC

This one-week intensive programme will equip you with new technical and production skills and to allow you to examine the social, cultural and technical aspects of digital media.

Applications now open

Duration- Week-long intensive course from Monday 15th of January - Sunday 21st of January.
Credits- 5
NFQ Level- 9
Contact hours - Monday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm

New Platforms for Artists provides an opportunity for creative practitioners to capture and share their work via digital channels that are increasingly important to developing career trajectories. 

Learners will engage with a range of processes and technologies enabling them to plan, articulate, capture, disseminate, and reflect on their creative work. 

Participants will explore the benefits of a cohesive and strategic approach to websites, digital video, audio, and social platforms – building a recognisable voice and context for their new and  evolving audiences.

They will focus on scoping, planning and contextualising a proposed AV work for recording and release across digital channels. 

They will be introduced to fundamental principles, working methods, skills and theories that underpin contemporary practice, within and extending beyond the digital world. 

This module functions as a foundational component for Professional Diploma in New Platforms for Artists.

What to expect?

Delivered by academic staff and visiting faculty who are leading practitioners and researchers in their specialist fields, the curriculum is centred on contemporary creative practice and discourse.

The programme aims to enable students to develop a personal vocabulary for creative development and presentation founded on critical appraisal and research. 

Student Experience

New Platforms for Artists develops participants' digital practices, research methodologies and techniques that are perpetually evolving and advancing. 

This might range from expanded video making, artists film, documenting performances, online studio visits, digital workshops, or the curation of existing audio-video works. 

It is increasingly more difficult to work offline and evade digital platforms while developing a creative career; however, it is the task of the creator to critique, analyse and remodel these spaces. Students on this part-time Professional Certificate will examine the interconnected relationship online platforms have within contemporary art, extended creative fields and beyond. 

Students will be advised by practitioners working in this field through directed learning including textual, practical and field research practices. 

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 may be considered on the basis of prior work or learning experience (RPEL).  In such cases, applicants will need to demonstrate equivalent and relevant experience and/or formal learning.

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. 

Applicants who have not been educated through English must show proof of achieving IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 in the writing section on the Academic Version) or an equivalent score in another accepted test.

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

  • Reference 1 (Academic - Head of School/Department preferred)* and Reference 2 (Tutor or Current/Recent Employer)

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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.

Applications are open


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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.

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Step 4: Submit your application to NCAD

Applications close 23 October 2023. 

This course is for practitioners who wish to examine the social, cultural and technical aspects of digital media, digital platforms, and the circulation of digital works.

It is for those who have an interest in media studies, moving image and how these works are encountered within the contemporary world. 

It is for makers who are interested in exploring video as a medium, want to use video to document their process, or highlight moments in time within their practice through online platforms. 

This course will suit those who want to gain new technical and production skills while also part-taking in exploratory workshops and seminars to incorporate their individualised practice into each element of realising work.

This may include: 

  • Recent BA graduate
  • Early career practitioner 
  • Early-mid career professional with background or interest in Moving Image
  • Mature, experienced independent practitioner, for opportunity for development
  • Practitioner with MA in a different area, looking for a new direction
  • Mid-career professional (non practitioner) working in project management, public sector, business etc, interested in the social impact that media and visual storytelling can have

Career opportunities

Students' work is focused through tutorials and expert advice; reinforced by strong links with industry, cultural institutions and leading creative practitioners who help students to develop their professional skills to position themselves successfully within the creative arts and industries.

Career opportunities involve:

  • Production Opportunities in Moving Image/Film
  • Research and Development for Video or Film Works
  • Art Direction Role
  • Directing or Producing Role
  • Visual Storytelling Position

Progression opportunities

At completion of Professional Certificate (an accumulation of 5 credits in total) students can exit with a Professional Certificate in New Platforms for Artists or opt in to progress onto Professional Diploma in New Platforms for Artists Programme.

Opportunities to engage

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 of Ireland, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, and Institute of Designers in Ireland, and findings from government and sectoral reports.

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.

Admissions Contact

01 636 4200