Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Art CW038

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW038
  • 10
  • A combination of Leaving Certificate points and portfolio.
  • 4 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
  • Subjects
  • Enquiries

What is the Course about?

Students on this dynamic course learn creative skills and knowledge, aesthetic awareness and professional practices in contempory art. Painting, sculpture, digital media, photography and video are covered as well as art history, film studies and cultural studies. Students learn by actively working on creative projects in a studio context, in IT labs and traditonal 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 course 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:

  • 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 to a Masters in Art and Design Education upon completion of the BA (Honours) in Art to become art teachers.  

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 course equips 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:

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary O6/H7


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. 

Due to Covid 19 we are extending the portfolio deadline to 1st June and are also introducing a Remote Visual Creative Test option to assist applicants that do not have access to their portfolios due to current restrictions. You can also still submit a Digital Portfolio. Additional details can be found in the attached document for download.

  • 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.



For Further Information Contact

Programme Directors

Dr Ciara Healy-Musson
BA (Hons), MPhil, PGEd, PhD

Brian Garvey