Submitting Your Portfolio

Once you have applied for NCAD through the CAO, and your portfolio is finished, all of the hard work is done. Now you just need to submit your portfolio by the Feb. 07 deadline.

The deadline for submitting your portfolio to NCAD is Friday 07 February 2020, 9.30am to 4.30pm.

The information supplied here is for applicants to first year on an undergraduate degree course at NCAD. Please refer to the relevant pages for International, Advanced Entry, Postgraduate and Part Time portfolio submission and application.

How Do I Submit my Portfolio?

Your portfolio must be submitted to NCAD, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8, by 4.30pm on Friday 07 February at the latest. Your portfolio can be submitted by you or somebody nominated by you. No portfolios will be accepted after the 07 Feb. deadline. 

1) For the safety of staff handling your portfolio, please keep the weight below 10kg, and do not include any glass or potentially hazardous materials. If your portfolio weighs more than 10kg at Submission, you will be required to take out some work.

2) Be sure to put your NAME, CAO NUMBER and ADDRESS on your portfolio cover. Also, make sure to label your notebooks and individual sheets with your NAME, CAO NUMBER and ADDRESS.

When you arrive on campus, please follow the signs for Portfolio Submission. If in doubt, call to the the Attendants' Office at the archway entrance on Thomas Street, for directions.

When you drop your portfolio off at NCAD, you will be given a Portfolio Collection Form which you will need to bring when you return to collect your portfolio after assessment. Please keep this form safe as it will contain all of the relevant information, including all collection dates and times, for picking up your portfolio.

Portfolio assessment runs over two weeks. Your portfolio will be available to collect on Saturday 22 February, at the same loaction in NCAD, see the Portfolio Collection Form for more details.

How do I Collect my Portfolio?
Either you or somebody nominated by you can collect your portfolio at the NCAD campus (please make sure to bring your your Portfolio Collection Form). The deadline for collecting your portfolio from NCAD is Saturday 22 February. We cannot hold or store Portfolios after this date.

Early collection can be facilitated in some cases. Please contact for more information.

What Happens Next?
NCAD will notify you via email 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 your meeting the minimum academic entry requirements through your Leaving Certificate, QQI FETAC Award or other. If you do not receive a conditional offer, you may be put on the 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 have 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 informed us that 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.

I am applying from outside the Republic of Ireland. How can I submit my portfolio?

Applicants from outside the Republic of Ireland can submit their portfolio digitally. You can submit your portfolio as a .pdf, or as shared files on, for example, Google Drive or Dropbox. Please see our International Application page for more information.

See the Portfolio FAQ page for more information on submitting your portfolio.

Please feel free to contact us at the NCAD Admissions Office if you would like more information on the portfolio submission process, at