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Continuing Education in Art & Design

Continuing Education in Art and Design (CEAD) at NCAD offers an extensive range of part-time flexible art and design programmes. CEAD programmes take place in the autumn and summer, day-time and evening. With a student body of over 600 and a programme of more than 50 courses throughout the year. CEAD caters for a range of levels, from beginners to advanced and those seeking a route to professional status.

Continuing Education offers part-time accredited Certificate and Higher Diploma options for mature students. One year University Certificate courses include: Drawing and Visual Investigation, Photography and Digital Imaging and Visual Art Practice. Students who successfully complete a Certificate can apply to the part-time Diploma. All part-time programmes are minor awards within the National Framework of Qualifications.

Non-credit courses and workshops are offered to students who want to return to third level art and design education but need to further develop their skills and knowledge prior to committing to award bearing programmes. CEAD provides continuing professional development options including masterclasses for those seeking to up-skill and acquire further professional experience. The CEAD exhibition takes place on campus annually, showcasing students’ work in fine art (drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, media) and design (ceramics, glass, metals, visual communications, and textiles).

University Certificate Programmes

1. Drawing and Visual Investigation (D+VI)
One year L7 programme providing students with knowledge, skills and understanding of contemporary approaches to drawing and visual research. The course takes place two evenings a week over a twenty four week period.

2. Photography and Digital Imaging (PDI)
This one year L7 programme offers students an opportunity to extend their visual vocabulary and explore the creative possibilities of photography within contemporary visual art and design practice. The course takes place two evenings a week over a twenty-four week period.

3. Visual Art Practice
Visual Art Practice is a L7 flexible programme, offering students a wide range of studio practice and theory modules to choose from. Students can audit this programme or take modules for credit purposes. Examples of modules include: drawing processes, printed textiles, painting and research methods, bronze-casting, ceramics and Jewellery design.

4. Higher Diploma in Art & Design, NFQL8
Students who have completed a part-time Certificate are eligible to apply to the part-time Higher Diploma. This two year intensive course includes studio practice and visual culture. Students are required to attend two evenings a week, some Saturdays and day-time blocks. The Higher Diploma course aims to introduce students to concepts, ideas and research processes in art and design, provide students with technical skills applicable to practice, encourage students to develop ideas across Fine Art. This part-time undergraduate course offers an opportunity for mature students interested in establishing a personal direction in their art practice to attend a flexible programme leading to an NUI diploma worth 90 ECTS credits.


Information on all courses is available on the College website:

Continuing Education in Art & Design

Continuing Education in Art & Design
Tel: 01 636 4214

CEAD Open Day February 2022
CEAD Exhibition June 2022