Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fine Art

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code SG244
  • Duration 4
  • Points Required 355*
  • NFQ Level 8

Course Summary

The B.A. (Hons) Fine Art is a new programme over four years building on the success of the existing B.A. Fine Art. The programme will commence in Sept. 2016. Learn more about Fine Art.

Course Outline

This is a full-time four-year programme. It is designed to offer students a wide experience of materials, processes, and ideas within a supportive and stimulating environment. Individual modules include Painting, Printmaking, Drawing, Ceramics, Sculptural Studies, Visual Literacy, and Digital and Lens Based Media.

Contemporary and historical art practices are examined through a series of lectures, seminars and written assignments. A Work in Context module offers real-world experience within the arts sector. As students progress through the course there is an increasing emphasis on individual research and outcomes.


Students have individual studio spaces and access to specialized and well-equipped Printmaking, Ceramics, Photography and Digital Media workshops. All of our fine art lecturers are practicing artists bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to their teaching roles. External engagements include a regular visiting artist lecture series and national and international study trips. Students also have the opportunity to make collaborative projects with local and national art institutions.

We aim to equip students with the practical skills, knowledge and intellectual resources necessary for a rewarding career in the arts.

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

Learn much more about this programme or fine art in general at IT Sligo.

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Entry Requirements

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

For standard applicants - a minimum of four grade D3 at Ordinary level and two grade C3 at Higher level and a portfolio. Maths is not required.

For Non-standard applicants – any applicant on the basis of non-standard circumstances that would include, but not exclusively, maturity, other qualifications and disability. The implementation of this policy is reflected in the increased diversity of our student cohort. A portfolio is also required.
For Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – applications for exemptions/advanced entry will be considered in line with the Institute’s RPL policies and procedures. A portfolio is also necessary. 

We recruit candidates through the CAO system (min 160 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

Learn much more about this programme or fine art in general at IT Sligo.

Career Opportunities

While many of our graduates go on to become practicing artists including painters, printmakers, ceramicists, film-makers and photographers, others choose to make careers in related areas such as arts administration and arts management, exhibition curation, public art administration and education.

A good number of our graduates are gallery owners and administrators in art centres, local authority arts offices, galleries and museums both nationally and internationally. Our graduates are also art educators including teachers and lecturers, community based arts practitioners and art therapists, working in schools, colleges, community based groups, hospitals and health boards. Fine art graduates from Sligo IT frequently go on to do postgraduate study in colleges in Ireland, UK and abroad.

Course Format

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

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

Semester 3

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

Semester 4

Ceramics 4: Amalgamations, Thrown Form and Glaze Technology.05
Digital Lens Based Media 4 - Intro to Video Production05
Drawing 4 (Sustaining Practices)05
Painting 4 (Extending the Medium)05
Printmaking 4 (Project based printmaking 2)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
Practice 1: Establishing Direction10
Sculpture Studies: Land Art, Ephemera and the Site Specific.05
Yeats Academy Creative Interdisciplinary Practice I05

Semester 6

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

Semester 7

History / Theory (Undergraduate Thesis)10
Studio Practice 1: Preparing the groundwork10

Semester 8

Professional Practice (Developing Professionalism)05

Semester 9

Critical Writing: (Practice based) 05
Studio Practice 2 : Practice, Context and Display30