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Fine Art / Mínealaín


Dublin School of Creative Arts Open Day and Portfolio Clinic

Thursday, 14th November 2019 

Portfolio Clinic

Thursday, 23rd January 2020  

Further information go to 


What is... Fine Art?

The BA Fine Art is designed for students who wish to work as cultural producers in the Fine Art sector. The programme is focused primarily on the acquisition of knowledge and skills, which are necessary for a graduate to operate as a visual artist in a competitive environment, Nationally and Internationally. There is a major emphasis on developing the students’ skills acquisition, creative intelligence and conceptual and critical thinking abilities, which are integrated with modules in Critical Theory and Professional Practice.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Graduates establish themselves as professional artists. Many graduates from our programme successfully continue to pursue postgraduate study in Ireland or abroad but also find employment in the cultural and community sectors working in galleries and in studios as arts officers, as curators, as arts administrators and in the teaching sector in Ireland or abroad.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard have access to a range of taught Masters, MPhil and PhD degrees by research in DIT or elsewhere in Ireland and abroad.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The aims and objectives of the BA in Fine Art are to provide an educational context for students who wish to study Fine Art practices and theories at an undergraduate level. It aims to equip the Fine Art student with appropriate skills to realise ideas and to foster in each student an articulate, critical and informed understanding of contemporary Fine Art, its evolution, contexts and critical discourses. This Fine Art programme provides the intellectual environment and technical resources to enable each student to realise their own unique creative potential as a professional artist.

In addition to their own art practice, each student is encouraged to participate in the Broadcast Gallery housed in North House Gallery in DIT Grangegorman, on study trips to international art events, national trips focussed on land works, attend visiting lecturers, art survey sessions, artists talks, and gallery and studio visits, the majority of which are built in to the main programme. While working within a modular structure students are constantly invited to see the interdisciplinary opportunities that exist throughout the Fine Art modules and beyond, mirroring the wide range of media and sources that is present in contemporary art practice.

Our graduates can demonstrate the ability to originate, develop and articulate concepts in Fine Art practices. Articulate a practical and theoretical understanding of Fine Art through essays, presentations, learning portfolios and thesis. Apply a comprehensive level and appropriate range of material and technical skills to their practice. Manage self-directed study and implement independent learning strategies.

Module Listing

Year One  

  • Painting Media  
  • Sculpture Media  
  • Print Media & Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • New Media 
  • Drawing Media 
  • Photography 
  • Professional Practice  
  • Critical Theory (Art Theory, History of Art, Aesthetics, Psychology & Research Methodologies) 

Year Two & Three

The students define their Studio Practice of self-directed study. They are encouraged to develop technical expertise + critical thinking in areas relevant to practice with an emphasis on research & experimentation. 

Year Four 

The students consolidate their modular programme of self directed study of which Fine Art studio practice forms the core, while continuing to engage in interdisciplinary activities & practice. 

Finally, students are expected to articulate a critically informed understanding of Fine Art history and contemporary theory. Students present an exhibition of work based on studio practice and a written thesis for graduation.

Is there an Advanced Entry Option?

Yes. An application to any year after Year 1 is called Advanced Entry.

  • All applications are made through CAO and not directly to us here in TU Dublin. Click here to apply.
  • Closing date for application is May 31st 2019.


Are there study abroad options?

In third year students are encouraged to participate in the Erasmus programme which offers exchange opportunities to study in partner institutions in continental Europe. The School has formal links with many of its key counterparts in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Latvia, United Kingdom, etc. There are also optional modules offered that involve short intensive study trips abroad.

Further Information

T: (01) 402 4138 (Secretary)