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First Year Art & Design (Common Entry) – BA (Hons)

  • Campus: Clare Street, Limerick City

  • years: 1

Course Overview

The programmes at Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD) aim to assist students to become confident, articulate, informed, creative and expressive practitioners, who will be capable of making significant contributions in their own particular fields of contemporary culture.
The Year One Art and Design (Common Entry) programme begins this process by providing students with the necessary stimuli to encourage self-confidence, self-motivation, and an appetite for knowledge, which will drive their creative practice. Year one recognises the wide variety of backgrounds from which it draws its students. It recognises ethnic, cultural and gender diversity which are the basis of individual originality. The programme provides students with the necessary skills, vocabulary and contextual knowledge to progress to 2nd year of honours degree studies in one of the following – Painting; Print Contemporary Practice; Sculpture & Combined Media; Animation & Motion Design; Ceramics in Expanding Practice; Fashion; Graphic Design Communication.
LSAD is the largest centre for Art and Design outside of Dublin and has an award-winning reputation both nationally and internationally.

Contact Details

Dr. Mike Fox


What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish.


TUS accepts QQI-FET/FETAC awards for entry on all courses of study. Please refer to our Admissions information for details.

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.


As well as meeting the Leaving Certificate/QQI FET/FETAC requirement, students will also need to pass a portfolio assessment. The portfolio is scored out of 600 with a minimum score of 240 required to pass. The portal for uploading portfolios will open from Monday 11th March to Friday 22nd March 2024 inclusive and applicants will be contacted the week commencing 11th March with the link. Check out the portfolio requirements here.

Course Modules

  • Semester 1 Outline

    Semester one is designed to introduce students to the working methodologies, the vocabulary, and the contemporary context of Art and Design. This is achieved through engagement in a broad-based, practical Studio Project. This project is introduced to students during Orientation Week. Throughout the project, students are introduced to a series of skills, technical processes, and conceptual considerations, by means of Seminar/Demonstrations each week. Students are encouraged to apply these skills, processes and concepts to the development of their studio project where applicable. Core areas in Semester 1 are 2D Studies, Digital Media, Concept Development and Contextual Research Studies.

  • Semester 2 Outline

    Semester two is designed around helping students make the appropriate choice of specialisation, which will form the basis of their further studies at LSAD and in turn their future careers as artists and designers.

What can you do after this programme?

Graduates of this programme work in a wide variety of areas within the Art & Design sector. The career paths graduates take will depend on the area they sepcialise in during their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years.

Students who successfully complete this one year programme will choose to specialise in one of the following eight disciplines from 2nd year to 4th year.


More Information

The programme – an inside view
At LSAD we recognise the wide variety of backgrounds from which we draw its students and support ethnic, cultural and gender diversity as being the basis of individual originality. On completion you can choose to specialise in one of eight disciplines from 2nd year to 4th year. We offer Active Learning at its best with practical, hands-on studio where learning becomes the fusion of theory and practice.

In Semester One we introduce you to the vocabulary and working methodologies that allows you to engage with the contemporary context of Art and Design in a broad-based Studio Project. Each week your skillset builds as you engage with core studies based on principles of, 2D Studies, 3D Studies, Digital Media, Concept Development and Contextual Research.

In Semester Two you choose a path that will form the basis of your future career as an artist or a designer. At the end of the first semester one you select three elective specialisations and you get to experience an intensive practical introduction in each. After feedback and tutorial advice, on your experiences, you select the area of specialization, which you will pursue for your final three years. Provisional places are offered in specialized disciplines, based on grade point averages and are made official subject to students successfully passing the Year One programme.

Extra Costs:
Students will be required to pay an extra €100 for class material fees.

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