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Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics, Glass, Textiles) (BA Honours)

  • Course Code

    CR 210

  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BA (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

    Please note the CAO closing date is 1st February, late application will not be accepted.

Full-time course duration:

4 years

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects

The six subjects must include English or Irish.

A Portfolio is also required. There is no specific Mathematics requirement. Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects.

Please note the CAO closing date is 1st February, late application will not be accepted.

A special points system operates for admission to CR 210. This involves aggregating the points scored for the Leaving Certificate and for the Portfolio. Points are awarded out of 600 using the normal CAO points system applied to six subjects. A further 600 points are available for the Portfolio, making a total of 1200 maximum.

A minimum of 240 (40%) points must be obtained in the Portfolio Assessment in order for an applicant to be eligible for the course.


Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Art, and Design and Communication Graphics.

Course summary

Situated in Cork City centre, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design's Department of Fine Art & Applied Art is a stimulating and dynamic environment in which to study, welcoming students to become part of a vibrant arts community.


Fine Art & Applied Art, CIT CCAD

Location: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Department of Fine Art & Applied Art.

A portfolio is part of the admission requirement.  Please click here to download Portfolio Guidelines.

What is Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics, Glass, Textiles)?

Contemporary Applied Art encourages fresh ideas, inventive use of materials and techniques, and offers students the opportunity to critically engage with current practice. The course combines studio projects with practical workshop based sessions, alongside contextual academic studies where ideas, historical reference and making are integrated.

About the programme

This is an innovative interdisciplinary programme with an emphasis in three main material areas, Ceramics, Glass, and Textiles, either as a chosen specialism, or in combination. It offers students the opportunity to creatively develop and make objects. The emphasis is on an open and experimental exploration grounded in historical context and current critical debate about contemporary practice. This course offers a creative and playful approach to materials and idea development with a strong emphasis on practical skills, conceptual development and self-directed exploration.

The delivery of this course is modular and centred on `thinking through making’ including: skills development work-shops, lectures, group seminars, tutorials, peer and independent learning. In their final year students will be expected to develop and execute an original body of work to a high standard and undertake a written thesis which explores the intellectual aspects and implications of the work. In the final year also, students undertake a professional practice module, which is delivered by an international curator to teach students how to present their work to the professional world.

Students are encouraged to pursue opportunities within the programme for international exchange and placement. The College has extensive facilities; excellent specialised work- shops, digital labs, individual studio space, and a specialised visual arts library; which with the experienced artist and educator lecturing staff makes the college a vibrant place to study and grow.

First year at a glance

The first year of study introduces students to Ceramics, Glass & Textiles through skills development workshops. The academic lectures & seminars teach the histories and contemporary theories that inform object-making. Students undertake modules: Introduction to Art Processes, Drawing, 3D Elements, Applied Art Studio practice, and Art History. Teaching is delivered through workshops, lectures, group seminars, tutorials, and peer and independent learning. 

Further Studies

Qualified Honours Degree graduates are eligible to apply for admission to

Graduates who have also completed a foundation level course in Art Therapy are eligible to apply for admission to

Graduates are also encouraged to continue their studies at postgraduate level to MA by research and PhD.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the typical student numbers in first year?
In the first semester, Contemporary Applied Art and Fine Art students share all modules.  Students will be part of a large dynamic first year group and in the second semester will begin inductions into Ceramic, Glass & Textiles workshops where class size will be approx 15.

Is there any written exam?
There are no sit-down exams. However, there are many academic modules where assessment is in essay, report, seminar paper/thesis format.

Does the College provide all the materials for coursework?
Materials for course work are available through the College. Students are asked to contribute for materials annually.

Graduate Profile

Peter Martin
Visual Artist

“When you enter the CCAD you enter a community, a community both supportive and challenging. My time studying Contemporary Applied Art (and Fine Art) was integral to my development as a visual artist. Not only was the attention put on research and concept, but the practical skills and techniques which I learned from the lecturers and tutors have proven invaluable to me in the progression of my career after college.

The exchange programme to Shanghai University Glass Department opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of the art world internationally and has left a hugely important impression on me. Most significantly, the guidance, openness and encouragement of my tutors assisted me in finding my own path towards my future career.”

Kevin Callaghan

“I completed my degree at CIT CCAD in 2010. I found that the experienced tutors promoted my thirst for experimentation and research and I built a dynamic relationship with the lecturers and my peer group. Processes, exploration, and productivity are foremost in Contemporary Applied Art. This positive and creative environment is the perfect place to grow.”

Kevin has worked independently and exhibited many times since completing his degree programme. He has recently completed a postgraduate Masters in Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art, London.





CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments, and exams.

BA (Honours) in Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics, Glass, Textiles) Module Information



The Degree can potentially lead to a wide variety of career opportunities across a range of art industries from working as an artist, creating unique artefacts for exhibition and commission, art professional within museums and galleries,education, to running workshops.

Graduates may also progress to postgraduate study.

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)

CAO 1st Round:


CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Ms Trish Brennan
T 021 433 5200

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