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What is Art?

Art as a subject taught at third level encourages self-expression and creativity while building confidence and creative skills as well as a sense of individual identity for our students.  Most important, studying visual art at SETU Waterford helps to develop our students critical thinking and the ability to interpret the world around us through determination and resilience while opening up new possibilities to think beyond what we already know through art’s unique visual language.  

What is the BA (Hons) in Visual Art?

The undergraduate Visual Art programme at SETU Waterford offers students the opportunity to work broadly and experimental across a wide range of fine art media and practices, these include; drawing, painting, sculpture, print-making, photography, performance, video and digital media. On this studio-based programme, emphasis is placed on developing both the student’s visual awareness and artistic analysis through theoretical and historical contexts in contemporary art in order to shape and develop each student’s individual art practices.  

The programme is structured on the basis of a modulated four-year degree, starting with the inculcation of core skills. These are then extended through a number of thematic projects in which practical ability is augmented and strengthened by the development of visual awareness. Finally, each student brings their cumulative learning to bear on the accomplishment of a personal artistic project.

Graduate show

This year’s SETU Waterford Art Graduate Exhibition brings together the work of the final year Visual Art students at SETU Waterford to celebrate and share with the public the extraordinary artworks that have been made during the strangest of years. The graduates work can be viewed on the Six Degrees website &

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SETU in Waterford Visual Art Department

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Art Core Studies 1 Art Core Studies 2
2D Media 1 2D Media 2
3D Media 1 3D Media 2
Creative IT Skills Art History 2: Critical Thinking
Art History 1: Research Methods

Year 2

Semester 3 Semester 4
3D Media 3 Art History 4: Modern Art and its Critics
Art History 3: Modern Art Creative Multimedia 2
Creative Multimedia 1 Introduction to Drama Practice and Theatre Practice
Live Art 1 Live Art 2
Photography 1

Year 3

Semester 5 Semester 6
Art History 5: Postmodernism Art History 6: Dissertation Proposal
Arts Management Contextualising Studio Practices
Research becoming Object Creative Multimedia 3
Choose one of the following electives: Object as Art
*2D Media Studies
*3D Media Studies
* = elective The delivery of electives will depend on the demand and resources available

Year 4

Semester 7 Semester 8
Art History 7: Dissertation Studio Project 2
Professional Practice: Profile Development
Studio Project 1

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BA (Hons) in Visual Art

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7
Art or Design and Communication Graphics: O3/H5

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BA (Hons) in Visual Art:

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme may find work in the following areas:

  • Professional Artists
  • Community Artists
  • Art Teacher
  • Arts Administrator
  • Workshop Facilitator
  • Arts Management
  • Photography
  • Gallery Curator

Follow On Study Options

  • Masters in Fine Art
  • Taught MA in Art and Heritage Management
  • Masters by Research
  • Art & Design Education

Students who qualify from the BA (Hons) in Visual Art will find employment as:

  • Professional Artists

  • Community Artists

  • Audio visual Producers

  • Computer Animators

  • Theatre Designers

  • Arts Management

Completion of a level 8 programme will also enable students to undertake taught Masters programmes or Masters degrees by research at SETU in Waterford or other third-level colleges


Course Leader

Dr Susan Connolly

Lecturer Fine Art -

Call: +35351845504

Email: [email protected]