Fine Art / Mínealaín

Programme Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art

2021 CAO Points 549*

*This includes score from portfolio submission (maximum score 600)

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of





 Other Grade Requirements

Submission of Portfolio

QQI Level 5 and 6 applicants are welcome. Further details at QQI Level 5/6 Award Holders

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at Mature Applicants

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 programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

The BA in Fine Art is designed for students who wish to work as cultural producers in the Fine Art sector. The programme is focused primarily on acquiring the knowledge and skills that are needed to operate as a visual artist in a competitive environment, nationally and internationally.

There’s a strong emphasis on developing skills acquisition, creative intelligence and conceptual and critical thinking abilities, which are integrated with modules in Critical Theory and Professional Practice.

In this programme, you’ll develop the skills to realise your ideas and gain an articulate, critical and informed understanding of contemporary Fine Art, its evolution, contexts and critical discourses.

The course provides the intellectual environment and technical resources to enable each student to realise their own creative potential as a professional artist.

In addition to their own art practice, you’ll be encouraged to participate in study trips to international art events, national trips focused on land works, and attend visiting lecturers, art survey sessions, artists talks, and gallery and studio visits.

On graduation, you’ll be able to originate, develop and articulate concepts in Fine Art practices; articulate a practical and theoretical understanding of Fine Art through essays, presentations, learning portfolios and thesis; and apply comprehensive material and technical skills to your practice.

Study Abroad Opportunities

In third year, students are encouraged to participate in the Erasmus programme which offers exchange opportunities to study in partner institutions in continental Europe. The School has formal links with many of its key counterparts in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Latvia, UK, etc. There are also optional modules offered that involve short intensive study trips abroad.

Graduates establish themselves as professional artists. Many graduates pursue postgraduate study in Ireland or abroad, but also find employment in the cultural and community sectors working in galleries and in studios as arts officers, curators and arts administrators, and in the teaching sector in Ireland or abroad.

  • Painting Media
  • Sculpture Media
  • Print Media & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • New Media
  • Drawing Media
  • Photography
  • Professional Practice
  • Critical Theory (Art Theory, History of Art, Aesthetics, Psychology & Research Methodologies)

The students define their Studio Practice of self-directed study. They are encouraged to develop technical expertise + critical thinking in areas relevant to practice with an emphasis on research & experimentation.

The students define their Studio Practice of self-directed study. They are encouraged to develop technical expertise + critical thinking in areas relevant to practice with an emphasis on research & experimentation.

The students consolidate their modular programme of self directed study of which Fine Art studio practice forms the core, while continuing to engage in interdisciplinary activities & practice.

Finally, students are expected to articulate a critically informed understanding of Fine Art history and contemporary theory. Students present an exhibition of work based on studio practice and a written thesis for graduation.

Advanced Entry Applications

Applications close on May 31st.  Applications will be reviewed towards the end of May and interviews/portfolio review will take place during the second week of June.  Applications are not accepted to 4th year of this programme as all students must commence the Thesis Preparation module in Semester Two of Year Three.  

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

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Hons)


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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