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Fine Art (Honours)

  • Course Code

    CR 220

  • Field of Study

    Art

  • 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 (8 semesters)

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 Maths requirement. Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects.

Portfolio Guidelines Entry 2017

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

 

A special points system operates for admission to CR 220. 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.

 

You will receive your portfolio results by the end of March by post.   This letter will tell you if you have achieved the necessary portfolio grade for a conditional offer.  This offer of a place on the course is dependent on you meeting the minimum academic entry requirements through your Leaving Certificate, FETAC Award or other.

 

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subject is Art.

Course summary

Situated in Cork City centre, the 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.

Department(s)

Fine Art & Applied Art, CIT CCAD

Timing Details

4 Years (8 Semesters)

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

About Fine Art

This studio-based programme prepares students for the professional world of contemporary art, learning how to make, experiment, research and critique art.

Students will explore and engage with: painting, drawing, sculpture, print, photography, performance, sound, video, and digital media in varied contexts. 

Students are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of media in order to develop their individual art practice including Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Photography, Print and Digital Media. 

The course focuses on the professional world of art through high profile visiting lecture series, collaborative projects with artists, art professionals & partner institutions, exhibition visits and international study trips.

First year at a glance 

The first year of study introduces students to Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Print, Photography and the range of media used in visual arts practice through skills development workshops. The academic lectures & seminars teach the histories and contemporary theories that inform art-making. Students undertake modules: 

Introduction to Art Processes, Drawing, 3D Elements, Fine Art Studio practice, and Art History. Teaching is delivered through workshops, lectures, group seminars, tutorials, and peer and independent learning. 

Further Studies

Suitably 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 and PhD.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there exams in the course? 
There is no end of semester sit down exams. We operate on a continuous assessment basis incorporating presentations/seminars, essays, and end of semester display of artwork and research. 

Is there a written component to the course? 
As part of your academic studies you are required to write essays, reports and a thesis/seminar paper. Essays etc. 

Are there any portfolio requirements for this course?
Yes, a portfolio assessment is required to be considered for this course.
Download Portfolio Guidelines 

How many hours is the course each week?
The course is full time 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday broken down into 1-day academic studies/art history, 1 day elective, and 3 days of studio based work.  

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Graduate Profiles

 

David Upton
​Assistant Curator

“The skills of research and writing are some ofthe most essential to becoming a professional artist or curator. My studies at the CIT CCAD taught me to hone these skills and to later successfully secure funding to travel, research, and produce exhibitions. Curation has become an integral part of my art practice.

The term I spent at The Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest while taking part in the Erasmus student exchange programme proved to be one of my most valuable experiences, building international friendships and giving my art practice perspective. Since graduation I have found the support and advice offered by the college to be invaluable. My time at the CIT CCAD gave me the tools to navigate a competitive cultural landscape.”

Kate O’Brien
Freelance Photographer

“In the CIT CCAD you have the freedom to move between different departments and use the facilities across a variety of media. Photography was my main area of study.

Apart from the practical skills that I learned in CIT CCAD, e.g. video editing, photography,and screen-printing, the college helped me to approach things from different angles. This is really useful, not just in artistic practice but in all areas of your career; to have a creative approach to problem solving and to come up with creative solutions. That has really stood to me in every area of my life.”

Kate completed her MFA in Contemporary Art Photography in Edinburgh and currently works as a freelance photographer in Dublin.

 

 

 

Full details of the modules on these programmes of study are available by clicking the following links:

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art

 

The course aims to instill individualism and independence preparing students for active careers in the visual arts such as: Artist Practice, Arts Education, Arts Admin & Management, Curation, Art Therapy, Community Arts, and Art Criticism,and/or further study at Master's level.

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

CAO 1st Round:

A special points system operates for admission to CR 220. 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. See overview tab for more information.

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Ms Trish Brennan
trish.brennan@cit.ie
021 433 5200