Bachelor of Arts - Art CW057

  • NFQ Level 7
  • CW057
  • 15
  • 700 Including Portfolio
  • 3 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
  • Subjects
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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 three-year 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 first year is shared with the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication degree. 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. This Bachelor of Arts Degree 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.
  • 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.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates of this programme may progress to Year 4 of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art (CW038). Other postgraduate study opportunities are also open to graduates in related disciplines such as film studies or digital media at Masters level. Graduates can also apply for the MBA in Professional Arts Management upon completion of a BA (Honours) in Art.

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?

Graduates will be able to embark on a career as a professional artist, as an artist’s assistant or as a studio manager. Graduates will also be qualified to work in a number of related fields, such as: film, photography, theatre, information technology, art handling, exhibition installation, community arts and arts administration.  Other career options such as art critic or art writer may also be pursued by graduates of this programme.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

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,BA, MA