Bachelor of Arts - Art CW057

  • NFQ Level 7
  • CW057
  • 15
  • A combination of Leaving Certificate points and portfolio.
  • 3 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 dynamic course 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 course 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:

  • This course 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 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.

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.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish 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 Director
Oliver Comerford,BA (Hons), MA