Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Art CW038

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW038
  • 10
  • 700 Including Portfolio
  • 4 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
  • Subjects
  • Enquiries

What is the Course about?

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

This four-year honours degree in Art is a dynamic programme 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. The programme covers painting, sculpture, digital media, professional practice as well as art history, film studies and cultural studies. The programme focuses on learning by doing with students actively working on creative projects in a studio context, as well as in IT labs and traditional lectures. 

The practical skills gained include professional methods of art making, creative risk-taking and experimentation, seeking and staging exhibition opportunities, community arts, effective communication and presentation skills and a broad knowledge of the contemporary arts landscape in Ireland and Europe. The programme is highly student-centred and provides a forum for exchanging diverse ideas and opinions through group crit, field trips, and a visiting artist programme.

Special Features:

  • Programme features a wide variety of studio disciplines including: painting; sculpture; digital media and photography.
  • Students can choose to specialise in either painting or sculpture in Year 3 and 4.
  • 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.
  • Exit awards: Bachelor of Arts in Art (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates may pursue postgraduate studies at institutions in Ireland or abroad in related disciplines, such as film studies or digital media. Graduates can also apply for the MBA in Professional Arts management.

Find out more about our Wexford Campus School of Art & Design 

What exemptions will I receive?




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

The programmes will equip students with the confidence, experience and skills needed to operate as a professional artist or seek a career in the broader arts world and creative industries. A core teaching objective is to enable students to become self-confident in the creative language of visual art from an early point of the programme through encouraging independent learning, self-assessment, self-reflection and academic writing and research skills.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 6 subjects with at least 2 subjects at Higher Level Grade H5 or better.
  • 4 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7.Subjects required:
  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.


Portfolio must be provided and entry will be based on the combined portfolio score (minimum pass) and Leaving Certificate points or portfolio and FETAC level 5 certificate. 

You can submit a hard portfolio on any day Monday - Friday 9.00-5.00 pm or Digital Portfolio between February 5th and April 26th 2018 (Closed Easter March 29th – April 3rd).

  • Your portfolio will be assessed within 7 days 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 assessment.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed.




For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Oliver Comerford,