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.

Applications to Studio Based Programmes that Require a Portfolio Submission  for Entry:
Including all Art, Design and Education Programmes  - AD101/AD102/AD103/AD202/AD204/AD211/AD212/AD220/AD222
As a mature student you should apply for these programmes in the same way and at the same time as any other student applying to First Year NCAD. This means you should apply through the CAO by the 1st February and submit a portfolio by the requried date. You should include on the CAO application 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.

You will be informed of the outcome of your portfolio submission  at the same time as other students ( late March) . Mature applicants who achieve a sufficient portfolio score to warrant an offer but who do not otherwise meet minimum academic entry requirements through a Leaving Certificate or QQI/FETAC award will be considered on the grounds of mature years based on the information provided with your CAO application.  You may be invited to attend for interview, you will be told if you are to receive an offer as a mature student during April/ May.  

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.   

Uversity Higher Education Scholarships for Adult Learners

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 their potential and realise their academic ambitions.

 

ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIPS

UNLOCKING POTENTIAL, REALISING AMBITIONS

 

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 2019
  • be a citizen of an EEA member state or Switzerland AND resident in Ireland or Northern Ireland for 3 years or more by 1st January 2019
  • be returning to higher education in 2019/20 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 degree or have a deferred offer for the 2019/20 academic year.
  • 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

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • non-EEA citizens resident in Ireland / Northern Ireland must have permanent leave to remain at time of application.
  • applicants who currently possess or are enrolled on a Bachelor’s degree programme ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.
  • applicants DO NOT need to have an offer at the time of application but if selected for a scholarship they must receive an offer on a Bachelor’s degree programme in one of the participating institutions to receive their scholarship.
  • For Republic of Ireland applicants, Uversity’s scholarships are considered reckonable income for the purpose of 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.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants 

  • must check 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.

1st FEBRUARY 2019 - Deadline for applications to most Republic of Ireland higher education institutions through The Central Applications Office. 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.

 

4th FEBRUARY 2019 - APPLICATIONS OPEN 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

 

1st APRIL 2019 - 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.

 

1st SEPTEMBER 2019 - Successful candidates will be notified by 1st September 2019.  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.

Please click here to Apply