Science Without Borders and NCAD

NCAD SWB Programme Information

The National College of Art & Design (NCAD) is the leading provider of art and design education in Ireland.  We are very happy to welcome Ciência Sem Fronteiras applicants to study the application of creative technologies to fine art, design and visual culture in a creative art and design school setting.  NCAD is a Recognised College of University College Dublin.

Science Without Borders applicants are invited to apply to the following studio based BA degree programmes at the National College of Art & Design: Product Design, Visual Communication, and Fine Art Media. Applicants are also invited to apply to the BA in Visual Culture which is the study of the history of art, design and visual culture with a particular emphasis on digital culture and the application of digital skills to the study and curation of contemporary art and design.

For information on the application process please go to the the CSF Irlanda Web Site

Product Design

Studying Product Design at NCAD enables students to develop themselves within a creative art school environment, underpinned by technical expertise and extensive links with Industry. The programme is delivered primarily within the design studio. This approach creates a socially interactive, yet individually driven, working practice, with teamwork and shared experience core to our philosophy. The small size of each year-group, typically 25 students, coupled with close and frequent contact with the tutors, creates an informal yet highly effective student-led learning environment.
The curriculum addresses all the stages and activities involved in the creation of a new product – from concept design to manufacture, prototyping to marketing. It encourages students to challenge conventions and to think about the subject in new and exciting ways. The programme philosophy is guided by a questioning stance on the role of product design in the 21st century, one which considers the creation of a sustainable future through the critical and creative exploration of a range of approaches to Product Design. More

Visual Communication

Studying Visual Communication you will learn to incorporate the traditional skills of drawing, printing, photography and other graphic processes with the new digital realms of video, sound, animation, moving image and multimedia. As you proceed through the programme you will undertake both real/commercial projects and self-directed projects, which are negotiated between tutor and student.  There is also an emphasis on team-based work, though ultimately the staff’s ambition for each student is that their innate individuality is fostered and that they find their own voice in the context of the broad visual communication domain. More

Fine Art Media

Fine Art Media is a discipline specific stream within the BA in Fine Art. We encourage students to explore and discover a wide range of equipment, materials and methods that challenge the way the world can be interpreted and re-presented. We use computers as a tool or catalyst to mash-up still images, video, sound and anything else we can force into them. The programme uses a lot of technology as required but is not dependant on it as students frequently work across a range of traditional media. The role of the audience will be a key concern and you will be challenged to rethink preconceptions. More

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. This course offers a route through undergraduate study that is not studio based for students who aspire to careers in the numerous professional sectors which reside around the arts and design, including critical and popular writing, interactive curation and project management. More

SWB Programme Information PDF

SWB English Language Requirements

For information on the application process please go to the the CSF Irlanda Web Site