Undergraduate Year 2+

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

We will accept applications for Advanced Entry to all of our studio based undergraduate degrees as well as to AD215 BA Visual Culture. 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.


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:

Central Applications Office
Tower House, Eglinton Street
Galway, Ireland

Applications for Advanced Entry to  NCAD for September 2020 are made through the CAO (www.cao.ie)
The closing date for applications is 31st March 2020.  

NCAD operates a rolling closing date for Advanced Entry applications. 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. 


  • These 10 images must be submitted in PDF format.


  • The PDF File should not exceed 3mb.


  • The maximum number of pages is 6 including your short written description and title page. 


Applicants are requested to send their Mini-Portfolio PDF file by email to admissions@staff.ncad.ie

Applicants who are shortlisted will then be asked to attend for interview and to bring a full portfolio of work with them.

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

You will know the outcome of your application 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 Communication on Advanced Entry will come from the CAO by email.

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

Tel: 01 636 4200