Undergraduate Year 2+

NCAD considers applications from candidates who wish to gain Advanced Entry to the second or subsequent year of an undergraduate degree.

This information is for applicants from Ireland or the European Union & EFTA. If you are a Non-EU applicant then you can visit this Link Here
NCAD usually accept applications for Advanced Entry to all of our studio based undergraduate degrees as well as to AD215 BA Visual Culture.
Please note:
Applications for 2021 are not yet open for Studio Programmes. We can not guarantee that there will be places available for any our studio programmes. Unlike applying to Year 1, Advanced Entry applications do not have set deadlines or set number of places. While we aim to offer as many application routes to NCAD as possible, it is unlilely that there will be Advanced Entry Applications available for our Studio Programmes. 
The BA in Visual Culture provides an opportunity to study the history of art and design in a creative art school setting. This programme does not require a portfolio submission. For more information about the programmes see the School of Visual Culture section.

School of Design

AD210 Jewellery & Objects

AD212 Product Design

AD214 Textile & Surface Design

AD218 Graphic Design

AD217 Illustration

AD220 Moving Image Design

AD222 Interaction Design

Submission of Mini Portfolio is Required when applying to these courses. 

School of Fine Art 

AD204 Fine Art 

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Print
  • Textile Art & Artefact
  • Ceramics & Glass)

Submission of Mini Portfolio is Required when applying to these courses. 

Applicants must indicate their preferred pathway from this list. You can apply for more than one pathway.

School of Visual Culture 

AD215 Visual Culture

Portfolio is not required for BA Visual Culture


CAO Advanced Entry Apply.


If applying to AD204 Fine Art, you MUST indicate a choice of up to two preferences within the Fine Art pathways (Painting, Sculpture, Print, Textile Art & Artefact, Ceramics / Glass) This must be clearly stated in the subject line of your email when sending in your portfolio (eg. Advanced Entry Application to AD204 - Fine Art - Sculpture/Painting) Please see "Assessment" tab above for more information on submitting your portfolio. 


All Advanced Entry applications to NCAD should be made online through the Central Application Office (CAO) www.cao.ie.  On the CAO application form you are asked to indicate the year and programme you are applying into and to provide details of your previous education including School Leaving exam results  as well as any Further or Higher Education you may have completed.  You are also asked to provide details of any previous work or other experience that may be relevant to the programme you are applying for and asked to provide a reference from a tutor or other person.

You may put a choice of up to nine programmes on the CAO Advanced Entry application form, these can be from a mixture of  NCAD and other HEI programmes. When considering which programmes at NCAD to apply for you are advised to study the NCAD Prospectus carefully and to consider how your previous educational and other experiences relate to the programme of study you are applying for.

Please send any supporting documentation such as transcripts, CV and  personal statement to the CAO at the address below:

Central Applications Office
Tower House, Eglinton Street
Galway, Ireland

Applications for Advanced Entry to  NCAD for September 2021 are made through the CAO (www.cao.ie)  
NCAD Applications for Studio Programmes will be available on CAO from January 15th 2021. 
Applications for AD215 BA Visual Culture Are Open Now. 
The closing date for all applications is 31st March 2021. 

NCAD may operate a rolling closing date for Advanced Entry applications. This would mean that Applications may be accepted after the original closing date. Where places are limited, preference will go to successful applicants who have applied before the original closing dates.

Your application will be reviewed to establish whether  through your  previous study or work experience you are at an appropriate level in both your studio work and visual culture for the degree stage you are applying into. In addition the following will also apply:

Fine Art (Painting, Sculpture, Media, Print, Ceramics / Glass, Textile Art & Artefact) and Design ( Graphic Design, Illustration, Product Design, Interaction Design, Moving Image Design, Fashion Design, Textile & Surface Design and Jewellery & Objects).  

Applicants will be asked to submit a mini-portfolio of work in advance. This portfolio review will form part of the shortlisting process. 


The following criteria apply when submitting your Mini portfolio to NCAD for Advanced Entry Application. Please note that failure to adhere to these criteria may result in your portfolio not being accepted for submission. 

  • The mini-portfolio should include 10 images maximum along with one page of text with the titles of the work and a short written description (max 500 words) of what informs your work and the images in your Mini-Portfolio. 
  • The maximum number of pages is 6 including your short written description and title page. 

Starting from 2021, all Portfolios will be submitted digitally. This means that you will upload images/video/scans of your work to our online platform. 

Applicants who are shortlisted will then be asked to attend for interview which will take place over Zoom. 

Interviews for Year 2 usually take place in April/May, and for Year 3 in June.

You will know the outcome of your application soon after the interview in May/June. Course offers are made based on merit and the number of places available on a course. You may be placed on a waiting list and receive an offer later in the year.

All Correspondence on Advanced Entry Offers will come from the CAO by email. NCAD do not send notice of offers/rejections by email or post. 

For further information on making an Advanced Entry application please contact Shane:

Tel: 01 636 4200