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.

Course duration:

4 Years (8 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For a place on this programme, offers are made based on the portfolio assessment results to applicants who meet the academic 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.


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



Portfolio Guidelines >>



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

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 (now called QQI) Award, or other.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Art, and Design and Communication Graphics.

Course summary

Situated in Cork City centre, MTU 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.


MTU Crawford College of Art & Design

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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combines studio projects with practical workshop based sessions, alongside contextual academic studies where ideas, historical reference and making are integrated.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

CR210 Course Location: MTU Crawford College of Art & Design, Department of Fine Art & Applied Art, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork.

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 workshops, 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 workshops, 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 for admission to


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a late application facility?
It is very important to note that the option of ‘change of mind’ before 1 July does not apply to restricted access courses such as CR210. You can change the order of your CAO choices but you cannot add on this course if you haven’t listed it already on your choices before the 1 February.


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?
We have stores in the College providing papers, canvas, paint, clay, inks etc. where students can purchase materials.


Graduate Profiles











Siofra Holyland

“I chose Contemporary Applied Art because the focus on research encourages you to explore and develop new skills. From my first visit to the Crawford Art College I felt the creative atmosphere that is created on campus. The extensive facilities available to students and the opportunity to explore new subjects provide an environment to bring out everyone’s true potential. My current work is exploring nature with the theme of colour and texture.

Crawford gives each student the chance to try different things and the guidance and encouragement of lecturers makes you challenge yourself beyond what you thought possible.”
















Luke Sisk

"Studying at CCAD helped me to find out a lot about myself, and more importantly what sort of career and lifestyle I want to pursue. It opened a lot of opportunities to travel and to make connections with people from all walks of life, and all parts of the world.


I am an independent professional artist and also work as a part time technician in CCAD Applied Art Workshops. I am based in the Backwater Studios on Wandesford Quay, where I make both glass and ceramic pieces for exhibition, as well as working to commission on a regular basis. The commission based work varies from custom ware for cafes to wedding gifts, which helps to fund the more sculptural work I then make for exhibiting. After going to CCAD I realised that I am happiest when I’m making, and seeing other people enjoy what I make.


Be open to all advice… and criticism. The tutors are there to guide you, they will see things in you that you can’t see. Try as many different things as you can while you have the opportunity, the more skills and techniques you can learn while there, the better. When the challenge is no longer fun, throw it all in the bin and start something else!"









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.





MTU Cork 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 of this honours degree programme may also progress to postgraduate degrees.

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



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.



CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2021: Admission to CR 210 is not based on scoring CAO points.

CAO Cut off:

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