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NCAD Established: 1746

National College of Art and Design

100 Thomas St, Merchants Quay, Dublin, Ireland

The National College of Art & Design, Dublin is Ireland’s leading provider of art and design education. Our campus on Thomas Street in Dublin’s historic city centre is home to a community of undergraduate, graduate and part-time students engaged in a wide range of study and research across the disciplines of Design, Education, Fine Art and Visual Culture.

  • 1,500+
    Total Students
  • EUR 6,451
    Total Cost of Living(average per year*)
  • EUR 5,955
    Living On-campus(average per year*)

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The National College of Art and Design has been the most significant provider of Art & Design education in Ireland for over 250 years.

NCAD is a Recognised College of University College Dublin (UCD), one of Irelands leading research universities and ranked in the top 1% of institutions world-wide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

From its beginnings the College has been as equally concerned with fine art as with design. The School of Fine Art teaching combines the traditional disciplines such as drawing and painting with an open experimental approach which allows individuals to realise their ideas in a wide range of media.

Through contact with teachers who are practising artists, students become familiar with the activities and the ideas of artists working in today's society. Students also become familiar with the fundamentally questioning nature of contemporary art and of the variety of responses generated by contemporary artistic practice. It is an intense visual education not only for artists but for others who may build careers in related directions.

The School of Design is the largest in the College and comprises ceramics, glass, metals, fashion design, industrial design, textile design and visual communication. In design the emphasis is on solving specific problems set by project.

The School of Education provides for the education of teachers of art, craft and design in second-level schools. There are two modes available: the four-year BA degree in Art and Design Education, and the one-year postgraduate Higher Diploma in Art and Design Education.

Artists and designers of international repute are invited to teach or give special lectures in the College. Exchange programmes with colleges and universities in Europe and the United States take place annually.

General Information

  • Bachelors degree
  • EUR 16,118 International student tuition fee (average per year*)
  • Masters degree
  • EUR 14,321 International student tuition fee (average per year*)

Programs / Degrees at National College of Art and Design


School of Design

  • Fashion Design
  • Product Design
  • Textile & Surface Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Jewellery & Objects
  • Illustration
  • Interaction Design

School of Fine Art

  • Print
  • Media
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics & Glass
  • Textile Art & Artefact

School of Education

  • Design or Fine Art & Education

School of Visual Culture

  • BA in Visual Culture


School of Design

  • MSc Medical Device Design
  • MA Interaction Design
  • MFA Design
  • PhD Design
  • Residency Opportunities

School of Education

  • Professional Master of Education in Art & Design
  • MA Socially Engaged Art & Further Education
  • PhD through Education

School of Fine Art

  • MFA Art in the Digital World
  • MFA Fine Art
  • PhD in Fine Art

School of Visual Culture

  • MA Art in the Contemporary World
  • MA Design History and Material Culture
  • PhD in Visual Culture

Selection criteria

Language test
  • IELTS (Bachelors) 6.5
  • IELTS (Masters) 6.5
  • TOEFL (Bachelors) 100
  • TOEFL (Masters) 100

Student Life

  • 201-500
  • Public
    Control type
  • Non-Profit
  • Religious affiliation

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