Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art

This course is a full-time three year programme, successful candidates graduate with a Level 7 Degree. After graduating, students may choose to progress to a Level 8 add-on year to receive a B.A Hons. in Fine Art. The course is designed to offer students the widest possible experience in materials and media. Ceramics, Drawing, Digital Media, History/Theory of Art, Painting, Photography & Video, Printmaking, Sculptural Studies, Work In Context, Visual Literacy and Visual Material Culture are taught with an ever increasing focus on the student’s own research and art-making initiatives as the years progress.

Learn more about the BA Fine Art programme or Fine Art in general at IT Sligo.

Why study Fine Art?

The obvious answer is to help you acquire the skills that will help you to become an artist. Studying Fine Art encourages students to develop individual ways of thinking and of expressing themselves in visual and theoretical terms. It fosters an awareness and responsiveness to the world around you and within you. It recognises the value of individual approaches, and provides an environment for learning and confidence building that can be manifested in numerous personal and professional ways. One of the most important things to remember about Fine Art is that there is no map, no agreed way of doing things. At IT Sligo we provide students with the skills and resources to make this an exciting journey.

Click here to view the IT Sligo Fine arts Flickr account and image gallery.

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*New Common Points Scale

The new Leaving Certificate Common Points Scale from 2017 is not directly comparable with the scale that was in existence from 1992 to 2016.

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Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

We are interested in people who want to pursue a career in art-making and related fields. The students on our course are all ages, and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. What unites them is that they are creative and imaginative people who can respond to the world around them in visual terms. We recruit candidates through the CAO system. Points are a combination of CAO and portfolio.

A new interview will replace the previous portfolio requirement. This short interview will offer you an opportunity to look at our campus and discuss how we might best support your future artisty development. You are encouraged to bring examples of work, which will be scored as a part of overall score in interview.

We recruit candidates through the CAO system (min. 140 points) and interview score (out of 100). For Interview you are asked to bring along a maximum of ten (10) pieces of finished work, along with studies and notebooks that demonstrate the development of your ideas.

Interview Dates:

March 13th / 14th / 15th

April 10th/ 11th

What subjects will I study?

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Semester 6

Did you know?

We hold an Interview, where we like to look at examples of your work and talk with you about your relevant experience and future ambitions. We are looking for you to demonstrate an ability to respond to the world in visual and theoretical terms. Your artwork should reflect an engagement with some or all of the subject areas on our course. You should provide evidence of an ability to observe, analyse and render a variety of subjects. You should try to demonstrate an ability to explore and develop an idea, or series of ideas.

Learn more about the BA (Hons) Fine Art programme or Fine Art in general at IT Sligo.

Who do I contact?

Admissions Office
T: 353 (0) 71 931 8510