Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code SG231
  • Duration 3
  • Points Required 248*
  • NFQ Level 7

Course Summary

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.

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

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.

Course Format

Semester 1

Ceramics 2: Extruded Form and Raku Glazing05
Printmaking 2 (Advanced printmaking techniques)05
Painting 2 (Introduction to Painting on Supports)05
Visual and Material Culture 2 (Frameworks of Modernity)05
Digital Lens Based Media Two Intro to Digital Imaging05
Drawing 2 (Foundation in Drawing Mediums)05

Semester 2

Ceramics 1: Introduction to Clay Origins, Processes and Surface Treatments.05
Printmaking 1 (Simple printmaking techniques)05
Visual Literacy05
Painting 1 (Colour, Light and Composition)05
Visual and Material Culture 1 (Introduction & Historical Survey)05
Digital Lens Based Media One Intro Photography Film and Digital05

Semester 3

Visual and Material Culture 3: (The Contemporary World)05
Printmaking 3 (Project based printmaking 1)05
Digital Lens Based Media 3 - Photography05
Painting 3 (Process and Concepts)05
Drawing 3 (Expanding Applications)05
Ceramics 3: Developing Multiples, Press Moulding and Slip Casting05

Semester 4

Painting 4 (Extending the Medium)05
Digital Lens Based Media 4 - Intro to Video Production05
Ceramics 4: Amalgamations, Thrown Form and Glaze Technology.05
Printmaking 4 (Project based printmaking 2)05
Drawing 4 (Sustaining Practices)05
Visual and Material Culture 4 (Art & Social Practice)05

Semester 5

Drawing 5: Identifying Concerns05
History / Theory of Art 1 (Exhibition Catalogue Essay)05
Yeats Academy Creative Interdisciplinary Practice I05
Practice 1: Establishing Direction10
Sculpture Studies: Land Art, Ephemera and the Site Specific.05

Semester 6

History / Theory of Art 2 (Contextual Research)05
Practice 2 : Developing an Exhibition15
Drawing 6: Refining a Practice05
Work in Context (Identifying the Future)05