Fine Art (BA Honours)

  • Course Code

    CR 220

  • 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. Admission to CR 220 is not based on scoring CAO points.


 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 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.


MTU Crawford College of Art & Design

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what is fine art?

Fine Art is the making and study of visual art. It educates and prepares students to become artists and to develop professional careers that are aligned to the making of art. The course allows students to work across all fine art media with excellent facilities for painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, digital media, and 3D processes.


About the course

CR 220 Course Location: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Department of Fine Art & Applied Art, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork.


The BA (Hons) in Fine Art is a studio-based course with an emphasis on individual creative development. Students are introduced to the skills and philosophies of the practicing artist. The course supports the development of studio practice enabling students to position their artwork in terms of art history and contemporary critical thought. Students can choose from a wide range of media including: painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, digital media, sound, print, performance, and/or drawing, and will be trained in the processes and facilities available in the College’s excellently equipped workshops.


Fine Art offers very varied career paths. The course aims to instil individualism and independence preparing students for active careers in the visual arts or for further study to Master’s degree level.


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


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 CR220. 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.


I might like to go on an Erasmus programme, is this possible with this course?
Yes, we have links with many European colleges and facilitate students to exchange on Erasmus programmes annually.


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.


Is there specialism within this course e.g. Fine Art Print?
This programme offers students the opportunity to work across a range of media or specialise in their chosen media. All Fine Art students study and work together which encourages greater peer interaction. We do not separate students into media specialised class groups.


Graduate Profiles

Donna Rose
Project Manager/MA Student

“The creative freedom that I experienced at CCAD was a vital stage in my personal growth. I had the support and freedom to develop my own practice, both artistically and in my writing.


After graduating I worked at the Irish Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, and then with Alchemy Moving Image Festival in Scotland. I now work as a Project Manager for Community Support Resources (provides support and assistance to non-profit groups working within the Direct Provision System and in mental health). I feel that my time at CCAD and the professional experience that I have enjoyed since graduating has ensured that I can approach my role with creativity and insight.


Last year, I was offered a full scholarship to study an MA in Design History and Material Culture in NCAD, I discovered that while I love making art, I enjoy writing about it even more.”


Rachel Doolin
Visual Artist

"I am a visual artist because I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I had some really amazing tutors at the Crawford whom have had a very strong influence on my approach to making. They really nurtured and encouraged my instinctual response to materials, and supported me to develop my own language through materiality. As an artist, support is vital, and as a recent graduate I continue to be supported in my professional development by the staff at the Crawford.


College may be tough at times, but the real world is tougher. Enjoy your time in studio because it really is precious, experiment loads and don’t take yourself too seriously."



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

Graduates may develop careers as practicing artists or professional careers in education, art institutions, independent curation, arts administration, and arts management. Many students also continue to the Higher Diploma and/or Masters level to progress their career.

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.

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