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Fine Art / Mínealaín

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

2023 CAO Points: 665*

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

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





 Other Grade Requirements

Submission of Portfolio
QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Level 5: Any Level 5 award


Level 6: Full level 6 award in a relevant discipline AND PORTFOLIO

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.

The BA in Fine Art is designed for students who wish to work as cultural producers in the Fine Art sector. The course 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 course, 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 Year 3, 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 course 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 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.

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 (Honours)


4 years

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City Centre: Grangegorman

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