The Painting Department embraces the diversity of contemporary painting practice and possibility. Painting in all its forms is supported in the context of evolving and expanding art practices. This course investigates painting’s unique tradition and history, while encouraging new interpretations, innovation and experimentation. Every culture needs its artists, and every artist seeks to change the culture. Be part of that change.
What will I study?
The discipline of painting is the point of departure towards establishing an individual art practice based on your interests and aptitudes. The initial focus is on skills and techniques of painting and related media, gradually extending to explore content, meaning and context.
First semester explores interdisciplinary Art and Design research, observation and analysis. In the second semester, all Fine Art students get a working taste of subjects with six weeks of workshops in two pathways selected from: Ceramics and Glass, Media, Painting, Print, Sculpture and Textile Art & Artefact. The balance is spent in the Paint Department, making work with student peers similarly interested in exploring different kinds of approaches, materials and processes, and developing skills in the language of contemporary Fine Art.
As your work gradually becomes more self-directed, its conceptual and technical aspects extend. Our staff of practicing artists are on hand to support and guide.
Year 3: Studio+ & International
An optional opportunity to gain experience in a range of social and cultural contexts in the world beyond NCAD. Build your skills as an artist while working with an organisation with links to the School of Fine Art. Studio+ can also include a period of study abroad through the Erasmus programme with internationally recognised art faculties partnered with NCAD.
Students who choose Studio+ will complete a 4 year BA Fine Art or a 4 year BA Fine Art (International).
Equipped with practical skills, conceptual understanding, and with the support of a personal tutor, you prepare for your degree assessment and presentation. Seminars, group critiques, gallery visits, workshops, demonstrations, lectures and visiting artists contribute to learning.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment in both studio practice and in Critical Cultures is continuous: at the end of each completed module and each semester (half-year). Formal assessment results are issued at the end of each academic year. Modes of assessment include practical and written assignments, oral and visual presentations, portfolios and exhibitions.
Become a critically engaged, reflective and effective practitioner through studying the connections between history, theory and practice in modern and contemporary contexts.
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Opportunities after graduation
Graduates have had successful careers as exhibiting artists nationally and internationally; including representing Ireland at the Venice Biennale, and in the Saatchi/Channel 4 ‘New Sensations’ exhibitions. Others find opportunities in the wider cultural field as gallery administrators, community arts facilitators, educationalists and cultural commentators.
The creativity encouraged by Fine Art training is highly valued and adapts to a variety of entrepreneurial activities. Graduates also go on to postgraduate study at NCAD and other institutions nationally and internationally. NCAD pathways include MFA in Fine Art, MFA Digital Art, MFA Art in the Contemporary World, Professional Master of Education and PhD in Fine Art.