BA in Visual Culture

The BA (Hons) in Visual Culture provides an opportunity for the critical study of the history and theory of art and design practice in a creative arts setting and facilitates the application of this knowledge through various professional settings. This degree path provides pertinent and unique learning opportunities in the visual arts and their related professional fields.

This programme capitalises on the unique context of the College’s studio-based teaching provision and builds on the existing strengths of the members of the School of Visual Culture who deliver the theoretical and critical curriculum content to all existing NCAD studio-based degrees.  It offers within NCAD a route through undergraduate study that is not studio based. Curriculum for this programme is based on Visual Culture teaching, which the BA students attend alongside studio-based students, with the addition of substantial Visual Culture curriculum elements, both critical and professional in orientation. The latter provision allows for an in-depth exploration of the subject, and provides opportunities for students to experience the responsibilities of interactive curation, image and text-based publishing and project management alongside collaborative engagement with the studio practices of NCAD undergraduates.

The documents linked below are for general information only and may be subject to change.

Please click on the links to download:

BA (Hons) in Visual Culture Degree Handbook

BA (Hons) in Visual Culture Assessment Hand-in Dates can be found in the handbook (above)

Visual Culture Research Project Guidelines - format, etc.

Form to request an extension to a Visual Culture deadline - if you have difficulties typing into this form, please email for a word version

Late submission policy - including information about penalties

Cover page - please submit a printed copy of your essay with a completed cover page

Essay guidelines - you will find information her about footnoting, presentation, etc.

BA in Visual Culture Programme Specification


Year 1

Year 2

Final Year

VC1-1 Introduction to Key Concepts in Art & Design 1A VC2-1 Contemporary Theories and Practices 2 (Elective) VC3-1 Economies of Visual Culture
VC1-2 Introduction to Key Concepts in Art & Design 1B VC2-2 Histories of Art and Design Varieties of Modernism VC3-12 Research Practices
VC1002 Professional Practice: Mediation VC2-3 Professional Practice: Institutions VC3-3 Placement
VC1001 Introduction to Visual Culture VC2-4  Contemporary Theories and Practices 3 (Elective) VC3-4 Contemporary Theories and Practices 6 (Elective)
VC1003 Histories of Art and Design VC2-5 Contemporary Theories and Practices 4 (Elective) VC3003 Collaborative Theories and Practices
VC1-6 Technologies of Visual Culture VC2-6 Understanding Digital Culture VC3-8 Contemporary Theories and Practices 7 (Elective)
VC1005 Situations of Visual Culture VC2-10 Professional Practice: Exhibitions VC3004 Visual Culture Special Subject
VC1004 Materials, Techniques and Processes VC2-8 Contemporary Theories and Practices 5 (Elective)