National College Of Art And Design

The National College of Art and Design occupies a unique position in art and design education in Ireland. It offers the largest range of art and design degrees in the State at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

In the past many of the most important Irish artists, designers and art teachers have studied or taught in the College. It has long been the central and most important art and design educational institution in Ireland.

For 250 years the history of this College has reflected the growth and changes in the visual consciousness of a developing Irish culture. In the late 18th and into the 19th century the College trained many of the artists, apprentices, designers, painters and sculptors whose talents helped to give form to the vision that inspired Georgian Dublin. In the late 19th century the College was a centre for the Crafts revival attracting as students W. B. Yeats and A. E. Russell among others. The legacy handed down by Sir William Orpen, Sean Keating, Harry Clark and Maurice MacGonigal, and many other teachers and students of the College, is a living tradition for NCAD. Preserving traditio... [ Read All ]

Dublin 8


100 Thomas Street
Phone: + 353 1 636 4200
Fax: + 353 1 636 4207

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Location and Getting there

The National College of Art and Design is located at 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8. The college is situated in the heart of Dublin's Digital Hub, within walking distance of the Irish Museum of Modern art to the west, and Dublin's cultural quarter, Temple Bar to the east.

Public Transport Links
The college is well served by public transport. Dublin Bus operate 4 services through Thomas Street: 51B, 78A, 123, and 206. In addition Dublin Bus operates the No. 90 Railink service from both Connolly and Tara Street rail stations. This bus stops at the Statoil filling station on Usher's Quay, to the rear of the college.

The new Luas tram system passes close by, the nearest station being Smithfield, at Phoenix Street North. There are also stops at James's Hospital and Heuston station

The college is also a short, 10 minute walk from Heuston station which operates routes to and from Cork, Tralee, Limerick, Waterford, Ballina/Wesport, Galway, Kildare and Clonmel.

Car Parking
There are public car parks located close to NCAD on Thomas Street, Francis Street and at the Statoil filling station on Usher's Quay.

Degree Shows
  • Fine Art Painting (20-05-2004)

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    Information For  Undergraduates

    The National College of Art and Design offers undergraduate degree courses in the faculties of Design, Education and Fine Art. Applicants must first successfully complete a recognised First Year Art course (e.g. First Year CORE) before proceeding to specialised studies in the various faculties:

    First Year CORE
    Industrial Design
    Art and Design Education (entry to year 2)
    Design (entry to year 2)
    Fine Art (entry to year 2)

    Information For  Postgraduates

    The National College of Art and Design is the major provider of postgraduate studies in art and design nationally, and is committed to growth and excellence in this area. We offer a range of specialisms and interdisciplinary options, and are currently expanding the range of opportunities and programmes for postgraduate study. (See

    The College provides a unique interdisciplinary, practice-oriented and a theoretically-engaged context for postgraduate work in the studio. NCAD also provides a unique context for written thesis workof a historical, critical or theoretical nature which addresses the study of art, design, education or cultural practices in general.

    We welcome applications from graduates in art or design practice, history of art and design, and education. However, we are also open to applications from other disciplines including (but not limited to) performance studies, philosophy, history, cultural studies, communications and new technology/new media subject areas.

    A key requirement in applying to pursue research-led or practice-based postgraduate work is the submission of a research propos...  [ Read All ]

    Information For  International Students

    Applications from residents of other member states of the European Union (EU) are considered on the same basis as those from Irish residents. The College also welcomes applications from qualified applicants from outside the European Union and each application will be considered on an individual basis. Further information is available at the following link:  


    The NCAD maintains a 'graduate directory' that is regularly updated:  

    Student Facilities

    Students at the National College of Art and Design have access to a number of facilities and services which further enhance the quality of student and academic life at the College. First and foremost is the College Library, the premier library for materials relating to Irish art and design. Through the Library's Language Centre students may also avail themselves of a number of self-directed language, conversation and writing courses.

    Additional services available to students include medical and counselling services, a careers advisory service, a centre for reading, writing & research skills and student exchange programmes.


    Student Support

    Student Medical Service
    A doctor attends the College during term time on three days each week.

    Student Counsellor
    A counsellor provides a confidential counselling service.

    Writing and Research Skills
    This service is provided to assist students with essay writing and research skills.

    Careers Advisory Service
    This service is available on five mornings per week during term.

    The College canteen is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

    Students' Union
    The representative student body, the National College of Art and Design Students' Union, holds elections annually. Students have representation at Board level and on Academic Council and faculty boards. During the year the Union organises events including concerts, films, balls and other social and sporting activities.

    Exchange Programmes and Visiting Students
    NCAD participates in a number of exchange programmes, including EU programmes. Students interested in participating in an exchange with NCAD should make a formal application through the relevant office in the college in which they are currently studying. NCAD does not accept "Free Movers". If accommodati...  [ Read All ]


    NCAD has no student residences and does not have an accommodation service. Students must find their own accommodation. Students from outside the Dublin area are advised to arrive at least a week in advance of the beginning of term to allow them time to find accommodation. The NCAD Students' Union may be able to assist students in obtaining accommodation and provides a list of hostels.  

    How To Apply

    Information on the entry requirements and application procedures for individual courses is available on the college's Admissions pages:  

    Visit us (open days)

    An Undergraduate Open Day is normally held on the first Thursday in December.

    A Postgraduate Open Day is held on the evening of the first Thursday of February. Please check the college's homepage for up-to-date information.  

    Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

    The current prospectus and information leaflets on many courses may be downloaded from the college website (in PDF format):