It’s that time of the year again...

NCAD Year 1
Art & Design


Year 1 Exhibition

This is an unprecedented time. Normally, each year we open our studios to celebrate the work of our first year students and share their achievements with the public. Despite the closure of the campus due to COVID 19, the work and creativity continued, and so now, in an even more profound sense, we celebrate both the creativity and the resilience of the students through this online exhibition.

In the NCAD first year experience our students begin with a common exploratory semester and progress to working in their chosen specialist departments.
These images are from this final specialist module, made in the time of COVID. We are delighted to share this work with you and hope you enjoy exploring it, the show is a small example from each of the pathways available to our students.

Mary Avril Gillan
Head of First Year Art & Design Studies

Sarah Sweeney - Illustration

The National College of Art and Design occupies a unique position in art and design education in Ireland, offering the widest range of art and design degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

School of Design

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School of Fine Art

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Andrew Desmond
Media year one

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Our studio-based approach to teaching and research creates the environment for critical enquiry, radical experimentation and creative learning, helping our students and staff to address many of the real challenges confronting society, culture and contemporary business. NCAD is a creative community, and one of Europe’s leading higher education institutions for visual disciplines.