Welcome to all new students joining us in 2020 and welcome back to our continuing students – we are looking forward to teaching starting on Monday October 5th, and to welcoming you back on campus during that week!

For information on the shape of the year ahead, see below. For information on Registration please click here.

What to Expect at NCAD in 2020/21 

In exceptional circumstances that may be with us for some time to come, our shared challenge at NCAD is to frame a learning experience that reflects our ambition and commitment to ensuring every student has access to a learning experience that is dynamic, resourced and transformative. 

New Learning Approaches

We know that social distancing and significant health and safety constraints will be required for some time to come, depending upon global success in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequently, we are developing teaching strategies that will support you to be bold and curious in your learning, in ways that meet the needs of our disciplines, so that together we can foster the new thinking that is needed now more than ever as society faces and shapes the world.

In redesigning our learning environment we are working to make it possible for all students experiencing issues with access – for health reasons or due to broadband difficulties - to achieve the learning outcomes of their programme. Programmes will be adopting a ‘flipped classroom’ approach; a flipped model of teaching is one in which introductory material is shared and early phase work conducted remotely and then ‘tested’ in class and completed on campus. Wherever possible classes will be delivered in a way that can be accessed remotely, with priorities for work on campus being determined according to the needs of each programme. All aspects of our teaching and learning (contact, specified learning activities, self-directed learning), will include on-campus and off-campus engagement and activity in significant measure.  

What proportion of time can I expect to be on campus for?

Under the blended learning model being developed at NCAD, you can expect to be on Campus for at least 2 days every week, with additional time on a third day in some weeks. You will receive a detailed timetable during September, before teaching starts.   

All time on campus will be scheduled time. 

Please note changes in timetables and schedules may be required in order to comply with any updated government health and safety directives. 

Will clubs and societies continue to operate? 

Clubs and Societies will continue to operate. The College Management Team and the NCAD Students’ Union are working together to map the needs of the Union’s clubs and societies to identify what it will be possible to support on the Campus, and to put in place processes and protocols to ensure that it is possible for the Students’ Union to continue to offer their services to you in the year ahead.

Health and Safety Protocols: Covid 19

There will be specific health and safety protocols in place to ensure a safe return to the campus for all. As part of the return to campus you will be asked to fill in a Covid-19 Declaration. You will also be required to participate in an online health and safety training session before attending campus.  In addition, as part of the online Registration process you will have an opportunity to indicate whether you  are in a High Risk or Very High Risk category of vulnerability as defined by the HSE.  If you do fall into one of these categories appropriate measures will be taken following consultation between you, Student Support Services and your tutors.