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Creative Industries and Visual Culture / Tionscail Chruthaitheacha agus Cultúr Físiúil

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Industries and Visual Culture

2023 CAO Points: 248

Leaving Certificate Requirements

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QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award A distinction in 5 modules

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

This course provides an industry-focused grounding in theories and practices of Creative Industries and Visual Culture. In the first year, you’ll study a wide range of contemporary issues, including arts policy, management, criticism, media law, and current discussions in the fields of art, design, film, photography, curating, museums, media, aesthetics, gender studies, and postcolonial studies. After the shared first year, you will select your own pathway, focusing on either Creative Industries or Visual Culture. On the Creative Industries pathway you will study arts management, media law and cultural policy, while on the Visual Culture pathway you will study aesthetics, art and design history, museums, exhibitions and curating. Common core modules throughout the course foster an understanding of the relationship between culture and society, and its impact on wider issues of policy, economics, and identity.

In addition to pathway selection, you will have an opportunity to further customise your learning, taking advantage of a wide range of specialist optional modules provided by Schools across the University, including modules in Languages, Creative Arts, Music and Drama, Architecture, Media, Hospitality and Tourism Management. 

The teaching on the course applies theory to practice and features project-based learning, work placements, and visits by leading industry practitioners. You will often share classes with practice-based students on Creative Arts courses, helping to develop future networks. Depending on your pathway, you can choose to take the placement module (Real-World Engagement) in Year 2. Our recent placement partners include the IFI, Little Museum of Dublin, 100Archive, Red Dog Design Consultants, IMMA, and Visual Artists Ireland. In Year 3 you will organise and curate public events, based on your own independent research.

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  • Days on site: 3-4 (Normally Monday to Thursday)
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Recent Student Work

A selection of recent graduate student work can be viewed here:

Graduates will typically pursue careers in the Arts, Culture, and Cultural Tourism sectors in Ireland and abroad. Depending on the pathway and specific modules selected, career and further study opportunities include:

  • Exhibition Planner
  • Archivist
  • Cultural Policy Advisor
  • Research Developer
  • Cultural Journalist
  • Arts Critic
  • Administrator & HR
  • Drama Facilitator
  • Festival Manager
  • Concert Promoter
  • Arts Administrator
  • Events & Marketing Executive
  • Business Development
  • Royalties Manager
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Operations Manager
  • Technical Manager
  • Theatre Manager
  • Museum Curator
  • Gallerist
  • Collections Manager
  • Arts Programme Coordinator
  • Arts Education Officer
  • Digital Content Writer
  • Arts Admissions Officer
  • Assistant Producer/Writer
  • Guest Relations
  • Film/Art Critic
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • Arts Writer
  • Arts Broadcaster
  • Publication Assistant
  • Academic

The course provides the ideal platform for further study or training within the cultural sector, including Journalism, Creative Digital Media, Advertising, Arts Administration, Public Relations, etc. 

  • Discipline History (chose one from Fine Art, Visual Communication or Interior Design History)
  • Introduction to Business for Creative Industries
  • Key Concepts in Creative Industries
  • Key Concepts in Visual Culture
  • Law for Creative Industries
  • New Media: Technologies of Today
  • Philosophy and Aesthetics
  • Vision and Spectacle
  • Whose History?

Open Option: 10 ECTS from the following list of areas: Creative Arts, Music and Drama, Media, Languages

Common modules

  • Open Option: 10 or 15 ECTS from the following list of areas: Creative Arts, Music and Drama, Media, Languages
  • Option:  Body Culture: The Visualised Self Today or Locating Identity: Visual Culture after Decolonisation
  • Project Management
  • Resistance: Cultures of Protest
  • Theories of Culture

Creative Industries modules

  • Cultural Policy
  • Marketing
  • Media/IP Law

Visual Culture modules

  • Archive Studies
  • Curating Public Space: Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions
  • Discipline History (chose one from Fine Art, Visual Communication or Interior Design History)
  • Real World Engagement (Placement Module)

Common modules

  • Talking Points Public Seminar
  • Thesis Preparation

Open Option: 10 or 15 ECTS from the following list of areas: Creative Arts, Music and Drama, Media, Languages

Creative Industries modules

  • Communications
  • Cultural Funding/Sponsorship
  • Dissertation or Cultural Project
  • Human Resources Management 

Visual Culture modules

  • Discipline History (chose one from Fine Art, Visual Communication or Interior Design History)
  • Extended Dissertation

Advanced Entry applications are accepted to this course. For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub. A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry are listed on the CAO website.

A thoroughly enjoyable course, covering multiple areas of design, history, and contemporary/digital culture. Throughout the course I was really able to improve my writing style and my ability to analyse from a critical perspective.

Joanna Begley, Graduate, 2019

This course is great for anyone who knows that they want to work in the creative field but is not sure exactly what they want to do. It allows you to explore art, design, media and film among other things and gives you the tools to direct your own learning towards the area you're most interested in.

Caoimhe Neeson

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

In addition, the focus on research-training provides an excellent grounding for advanced research qualifications including Masters and PhD, particularly in fields such as Museum Studies, Contemporary Visual Culture, Aesthetics, or the History of Art, Design or Material Culture.

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Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


3 years

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