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Painting – BA (Hons)

  • Campus: Clare Street, Limerick City

  • years: 3

Course Overview

The BA (Honours) in Fine Art Painting has distinct qualities which enables active learning through the continual use of materials and processes in a studio environment. The Painting course is housed in purpose-designed spacious studios, with workshop studio and an audio-visual demonstration seminar space. The studio environment is active as a place of individual visual research for making and presenting works allowing for continual peer learning.
The lecturers and technical officers who deliver this course are all professional working artists and this perspective ensures that the Painting programme is focused on the provision of knowledge which is up-to-date and relevant to the contemporary world.

Why Choose BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting?

Embark on a vibrant journey where creativity flourishes within purpose-designed studios: Step into a spacious sanctuary where ideas breathe, and materials come alive. Our course emphasises hands-on material exploration.

Visual Research Playground: Become an artist-researcher in our sunny studios, where individual expression is celebrated. Peer learning is ingrained, allowing experimentation and growth.

Artists as Mentors: All your lecturers and tutors are working artists, guiding you through technique and context. Technical officers ensure you are equipped with the materials you will need to grow your creativity.

Relevance in Real Time: Our programme bridges art with the contemporary world, ensuring what you learn today is applied tomorrow across many different mediums.

Making and Presenting: Your studio doubles as a stage, where you can exhibit works with local galleries and museums such as the Hunt Museum, to our Graduate Show, fuelling your creativity.

Where Art Meets Acceptance: Limerick’s vibrant atmosphere and dynamic art scene is a fantastic location for fostering your creativity.  

Contact Details

Alan Keane


What are the entry requirements?

Entry into Painting is by competition and selection during US800 First Year Art & Design (Common Entry).

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

International Applicants

International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here.

Course Modules

  • Students are given a comprehensive introduction to project based learning in studio painting practice. Progressing to Year 3, students are enabled to expand and diversify the range of technical and conceptual approaches through engagement with photography, video and collaborative project formats.

  • International study is facilitated in Year 3 through the Erasmus programme. Students spend up to one semester in a European Fine Art school and incoming European students are integrated into the life of the department and in so doing, greatly enhance dynamic peer learning.

  • In Year 4, students are mentored individually and through group formats of dialogue, critique and workshops to achieve a successful outcome of research and practice, exhibited in the final BA degree exhibition.

What can you do after this programme?

Graduates from this programme have pursued successful career paths in a wide variety of art and related fields: including education and outreach, curatorial practice, animation, the film industry and establishing a contemporary art practice, which bears testimony to the value of the Painting programme.

Famous graduates of the Painting programme at LSAD include Conor Harrington, Amy O’Riordan, Amanda Coogan, Emmet Kierans, Ann Ryan, Diana Copperwhite and Nevan Lahart.

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for Level 9 and 10 postgraduate programmes within TUS or elsewhere.