Mature Students

NCAD welcomes applications from mature students to all our programmes. A mature student is any EU student who will be 23 years of age on the 1st of January of the proposed year of entry to NCAD.

All studio based programmes at NCAD require a portfolio submission as part of the application process.
As a mature student, you apply for these programmes in the same way and at the same time as any other student applying to First Year NCAD.

Entry to NCAD Studio programmes is based on 

  • Minimum Entry Requirements (Academic Requirements)

    • These can vary course to course. e.g. Maths is only a requirement for Product Design and Interaction Design. 

    • Mature applicants will be assessed first on any academic qualifications provided in the application. 

    • If you do not meet minimum academic entry requirements through a Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) or QQI/FETAC award we will then consider on the grounds of mature years based on the information provided with your CAO application.

    • This can be work history & CV, previous education, references, personal statement. See CAO website at link below for more. 

  • Portfolio Submission

    • Applicants submit one portfolio which is assessed separately for each course they apply for. Full details on portfolio submission can be found at the link below. 

Unlike most courses on the CAO system, NCAD Studio Programmes do not rely on the points system. Applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements and have received a passing score on their portfolio. (Passing scores on portfolios can vary year to year).

Things to remember

It is essential that all applications to Studio Programmes are made by 1st February each year. There are no late applications. There are no extensions to deadlines. 

While COVID 19 is still impacting Dublin and all of Ireland we will be changing how portfolios can be submitted to ensure this can be done safely. Updates will be posted on our website and across social media. 

NCAD does not issue any offers at Round A in July. Mature offers for NCAD are made in Round 0 in early August. 

Useful Links for Mature Applicants 

 
NCAD's Portfolio Information Site  Link here
NCAD Minimum Entry Requirements Link here
CAO application information  Link here
Upcoming Events at NCAD Link here

 

Visual Culture

Mature applicants to AD215 Visual Culture should apply through the CAO by 1st February and should include on the CAO form information about your previous education as well as any relevant work or other experience that might support your application.  Please send any supporting documentation such as transcripts or CVs to the CAO marked clearly with your CAO number. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend for interview during March/ April and will be told the outcome of this interview during May.

Mature students can expect to receive their formal offer of a place in First Year in NCAD through the CAO in early August (Round 0). You should accept this offer through the CAO by the time indicated on the offer notice.   

Many Mature applicants will be offered on the basis of their previous education including Secondary School Qualifications. 

Uversity Higher Education Scholarships for Adult Learners - Deadline for Application 30th April 2021

NCAD is pleased to announce that Uversity is now accepting on-line applications for its new Higher Education Scholarships for Adult Learners  via www.uversity.org 
Uversity’s Scholarships are intended to remove financial barriers so that adult learners can unlock and realise their academic potential.

About The Scholarships 

Unlocking Potential Realising Ambition 

Uversity’s Scholarships are intended to unlock adult learners’ potential.  By providing multi-annual financial support, Uversity’s Scholarships aim to remove the financial barriers to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for the first time.  Scholarships are not limited to particular subject areas and will enable individuals 23 years or older to complete a Bachelor’s degree in one of the participating institutions in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Uversity understands that there are many financial barriers preventing people from realising their ambitions to receive a Bachelor’s degree.  Aside from the direct costs of tuition, fees, books and IT there are day to day living costs such as childcare and transport to be taken care of to enable full-time education.  Uversity Scholarships take account of each individual’s circumstances and aim to provide financial support for the entire period of study.

Scholarship amounts will vary depending on the recipients’ circumstances and will be allocated on a needs basis which will be assessed via Uversity’s application process. For Republic of Ireland applicants, Uversity’s scholarships are currently considered reckonable income for means-tested social welfare benefits and SUSI grants. Offers will be subject to Uversity receiving an income disregard so that these benefits / grants are not adversely affected.

Payments will be made over the course of the degree programme and will be subject to continued academic registration and progress.

Who Can Apply 

Uversity’s Scholarships support adult learners, who are not in a financial position, to enrol on and complete a Bachelor’s degree that will transform their lives and those around them. Preference will be given to candidates enrolling for a full-time Bachelor’s degree programme that can normally be completed in a maximum of four years in any subject in one of the participating institutions.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • ·      be 23 years and older by 1st January 2020

    ·      be a citizen of an EEA member state or Switzerland AND resident in Ireland or Northern Ireland for 3 years or more by 1st March 2020

    ·      be returning to higher education in 2020/21 after a break from education of 3 years or more or have recently completed a higher education progression / preparation course

    ·      be admitted to a Bachelor’s Programme or have a deferred offer for the 2020/21 academic year.  Preference will be given to candidates intending to study full-time

    ·      be able to demonstrate:

    ·           academic potential

    ·           a clear motivation and ambition for returning to education

    ·           a drive to succeed and a strong work ethic

    ·           an ability to be transformed and transform others as a result of this scholarship and educational experience

    ·           financial need

    PLEASE NOTE:

    ·    non-EEA citizens resident in Ireland / Northern Ireland must have received permanent residency by 1st March 2020.

    ·    applicants who currently possess or are enrolled on a Degree programme ARE NOT ELIGIBLE

    ·    applicants DO NOT need to have an offer at time of application but if selected for a scholarship they must receive an offer on a Bachelor’s programme in one of the participating institutions to receive their scholarship.

    ·    For Republic of Ireland applicants, Uversity scholarships to a maximum value of €7,000 are not considered reckonable income for means-tested social welfare benefits and SUSI maintenance grants.

    Eligible candidates must submit an application via Uversity’s online system by 20th April 2020 with the following information:

    ·   biographical / contact details

    ·   details of your education to date

    ·   details of any employment / volunteering (if applicable) to date

    ·   a motivation statement of maximum 500 words

    ·   details of two referees

How to Apply 

Applicants 

  • must check eligibility criteria before completing an application.
  • should take some time to read Uversity’s Privacy Notice, to make sure that you are happy with how we will use your data.

 Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to apply to and receive an offer of a place on a Bachelor’s degree at a participating institution.

 APPLICATIONS OPEN IN JANUARY 2021 for academic year 2021/22 via Uversity’s online application system.

The following information is required:

  • biographical / contact details
  • details of your education to date
  • details of any employment / volunteering (if applicable) to date
  • a motivation statement of maximum 500 words
  • details of two referees

 

30th April 2021 - CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS via Uversity’s online application system.

All applications will be reviewed by Uversity for eligibility and may be shortlisted for interview.

 

Successful candidates will be notified by 1st July 2020.  For Republic of Ireland applicants, Uversity’s scholarships are currently considered reckonable income for means-tested social welfare benefits and SUSI grants. Offers will be subject to Uversity receiving an income disregard so that these benefits / grants are not adversely affected.

 

Scholarships payments will be made monthly throughout the duration of the Bachelor’s degree.

CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Please click here to Apply