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What is the Course about?

Art is a diverse range of activities involving imaginative and technical skill and includes the production of works of art, criticism of art, study of art history, and the aesthetic dissemination of art.

This dynamic and highly student-centred course is unique to the Wexford Campus. Students are provided with the opportunity to gain creative skills, creative knowledge, aesthetic awareness and professional experiences in contemporary visual art. A forum for exchanging diverse opinions and ideas is provided through group critique, field trips, and a visiting artists programme.

Course Structure

Students learn creative skills, aesthetic awareness and professional practices in contemporary visual art. Subjects include painting, sculpture, digital media, photography and video, art and design history, as well as engagement with art and the moving image and material and visual culture. Students
learn by working on creative projects in a studio context, in IT labs and traditional lectures and by engaging with the local community.

Is this course for you?

If you are interested in visual culture and enjoy learning-by-doing, experimenting, thinking creatively and imaginatively then this might bethe course for you. You will engage in a variety of art-making methods and technologies that will equip you with the confidence and skills to operate professionally in the art world and the creative industries.

Special Features:

  • A wide variety of studio disciplines including: painting; sculpture; digital media and photography.
  • Final year course work is presented in the form of a degree show.
  • Annual public exhibitions in the South East are held at recognised art galleries and site specific locations such as the Wexford Arts Centre.
  • Students have the opportunity to take international field trips in Years 1 and 2.
  • Guest lectures from Irish and international contemporary artists.
  • Many of the art lecturers are well-known artists and students benefit greatly from working closely with artists who are active in research, art and design, writing, curating and exhibiting.

Year 1

Module Name Semester
Art and Design: Themes and Contexts. (M) Semester1
Visual Studies - Colour, Drawing, 3D (M) Semester1
Visual Studies - Notebook Research (M) Semester1
Visual Studies - Skills Based Workshops (M) Semester1
Digital Media Design (M) Semester2
Photography and Video (M) Semester2
Visual and Material Culture (M) Semester2
Visual Studies Themed Project (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 2

Module Name Semester
Art and The Moving Image (M) Semester1
Painting Practices (M) Semester1
Sculpture and Expanded Practice (M) Semester1
Video Editing (M) Semester1
Art and Design: Themes and Contexts. (M) Semester2
Professional Practice in the Arts (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 3

Module Name Semester
Collaborative Exhibition Practices (M) Semester1
Entrepreneurship for Artists (M) Semester1
Painting Practices (M) Semester1
Sculpture and Expanded Practices (M) Semester1
Themes in Contemporary Art (M) Semester1
Media Arts (M) Semester2
Socially Engaged Practice (M) Semester2
Visual Methodologies and Research Proposal (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 5O6/H7
  • English or Irish O6/H7


Additional details can be found in the attached document for download.

  • Please include your CAO number, name, address, phone number, email address with your submission.
  • We have prepared some suggestions for putting your portfolio together and for making a submission. Please see the attached document for download.
  • Your portfolio will be assessed within 7 working days during term, and an assessment result will also be issued.
  • CAO Late applicants or Change of Mind applicants should make contact with the Wexford Campus to arrange a portfolio assess mentor email [email protected]


Art Portfolio Guidelines1.pdf

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates may progress to NFQ Level 8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art Year 4.

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What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

You will be able to commence your career as a professional artist, an artist's assistant or studio manager. You will also be qualified to work in related fields like film, photography, theatre, information technology, art handling, exhibition installation, community arts and arts administration. Your art history and cultural studies training will enable you to become an art critic or writer.