Textile Art & Artefact

Are you fascinated with textiles, materials and making? Have you the drive and individuality to establish a career that explores the tension between art and design?

The Textile Art & Artefact programme is located within NCAD’s Department of Applied Materials in the School of Fine Art. The programme takes its position that creating from a fundamental response to material and ‘making’ in the broadest sense will enable you to realise outcomes in textile applied art and in textile artefacts. TA&A students are encouraged to have an awareness of a broad range of both new and hand-crafted textile processes.

The programme is centred around a holistic approach to combining the 3 strands of drawing, materials and context. Students following this programme will utilise visual research as an open ended enquiry informed by material based techniques in making images, textures, surfaces and producing objects. The programme’s ambitious approach both allows and requires students to extend their practice beyond traditional textile and surface design, embracing a more interdisciplinary approach harnessing film, photography, graphic design, performance and exhibitions to provide contemporary tools with which viewers can further engage with the work.

Year 1

See First Year 

Year 2

The focus in the second year is on developing a personal visual language and the skills necessary to translate this into successful Textile Art and Artefact practice. You will also focus on researching and defining a specific audience and developing a market understanding through professional practice.

Year 3: Studio + & International

Studio+ is an optional year between the second and final year of your degree. Open to all Fine Art students, it offers the opportunity to gain experience in a range of social and cultural contexts in the world beyond NCAD. This experience will be gained through work with different organisations with links to the School of Fine Art and will help you to build your skills as an artist. Studio+ can also include a period of study abroad through the Erasmus programme with internationally recognised art faculties partnered with NCAD.

Final Year

In the final year, students are ready to develop their own programme of study, which reflects each individual’s skills and interests within Textile Art & Artefact. This will culminate in a substantial body of work for assessment and display at degree shows, exhibitions and events..

How will I be Assessed?

Coursework, essays, studio projects and assessments take place at key points throughout the year. Formal assessment results are issued at the end of each academic year.

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As a consequence of the skills acquired, Textile graduates have a wide range of local and global opportunities open to them. Previous graduates have gone on to be: successful visual artists, entrepreneurs, fashion and textile designers for couture, milliners and accessory designers, stylists, costume and prop designers, product designers, illustrators, and to work in art education and art therapy. Increasingly graduates progress to further study at postgraduate level to refine their creative abilities and approach. NCAD offers a range of innovative masters programmes, as well as a practice-based PhD. Students can leave at the end of Year 3 with a BA (Hons) degree. Students who reach the appropriate standard may stay on for a further two years of postgraduate study and leave with an MFA in Textile Art & Artefact.

Please see the Study at NCAD section for full application details. 

Duration 3/4 Years 
Places 30

CAO Course Codes:

AD204 Fine Art

AD101 First Year Art & Design (Common Entry)

Entry Requirements

Leaving Cert: 6 Subjects (2 X H5 and 4 X O6/H7)

Subjects muct include English Irish and one of the following:  a third language or Art or Design & Communication Graphics (DCG)

FETAC: 5 Distinctions Full Award

Portfolio Requirement

NCAD Portfolio Submission

Degree Awarded

BA Fine Art / BA Fine Art & Visual Culture / BA Fine Art (International) 

Level 8

All Undergraduate applications for Year 1 entry and Advanced entry through the CAO.

NCAD Minimum Entry Requirements

Academic Textile Art & Artefact Department staff

Helen McAllister (Head of Department)
Dr.Caroline Madden
Lisa Young
ee Harte
Claire Conway
Cathy Mooney

For further information please contact:

Head of School
Prof. Philip Napier

School Secretary
Angela Dennis