Submitting Your Portfolio

Once you have applied for NCAD through the CAO, and your portfolio is finished, all of your hard work is done, and you just need to submit it.

How Do I Submit my Portfolio?
Either you, or somebody nominated by you needs to physically go to our Thomas Street campus to submit your portfolio. The deadline for portfolio submission will be announced soon for 2020. No portfolios will be accepted after this date. There will be signs directing you where to drop off your portfolio once you are on campus. 

When you drop your portfolio off at NCAD, you will be given a Portfolio Collection Form which acts as a receipt for you to collect your portfolio again. Please keep this safe as it will contain all of the relevant information for picking up your portfolio.
NCAD teaching staff will spend two weeks assessing all of the portfolios that were submitted and then your portfolio will be available for collection.

Our Address is: 

Admissions Office,


100 Thomas Street, 

Dublin 8.

How do I Collect my Portfolio?
Once again, either you or somebody nominated by you must go to the NCAD campus with your Portfolio Collection Form to collect your portfolio. Your portfolio will be handed back to you and your Portfolio Collection Form will be retained by NCAD. The deadline for collecting your portfolio from NCAD will be announced soon for 2020. We cannot hold on to Portfolios after this date.

What Happens Next?
NCAD will notify you of the result of your portfolio assessment by the end of March. This notification will tell you if you have achieved the necessary score for a conditional offer. A conditional offer is an offer that is dependent on you meeting the minimum academic entry requirements through your Leaving Certificate, QQI FETAC Award or other. If you do not get a conditional offer we will tell you if you are on a waiting list for an offer. Each year we make a number of offers to applicants from the waiting list.
Offers are made in August through the CAO. All applicants are placed on a ranked list based on portfolio score. Offers are made in descending order from this list to applicants who have met the minimum academic entry requirements.

Can I Carry my Portfolio Score Forward to the Next Year?
We recognise that our applicants put a lot of work into the preparation of their admissions portfolios.  If you have passed the portfolio review stage but not received an official offer from the CAO, NCAD will allow you to carry forward your portfolio score to the application process the following year.
Once you have told us you wish to carry forward your portfolio score and you have given us your new CAO number you will be eligible for an offer based on your original portfolio score and subject to the normal entry requirements and any portfolio cut off points in the year that you are now applying into.  An example of where a Portfolio Carry Forward might apply is when an applicant fails to meet the minimum academic entry requirements in the first year of application.