National College of Art and Design

The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) occupies a unique position in art and design education in Ireland. We offer the largest range of Art and Design degrees in Ireland at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and we are the only Irish university institution specialising in Art and Design with over 250 years of history behind us.

Studying at NCAD is about excellence in art and design. Our undergraduate and post graduate fashion courses encourage students to have an awareness of fashion in its social and cultural context and to bring that understanding to their work.  We place great value on the fashion industry and our professional links that give our students an insight into real-world commercial requirements. NCAD is focused on developing informed, creative designers, who are prepared for the needs of industry.


Studying at NCAD is also about your journey as a student which we hope will be full of delight and discovery.  We hope our students are enriched by the experience of working within a creative community, exploring their own creative response to the world around them and being actively engaged socially and culturally with their peers.

NCAD Head of Design for Body and Environment 

Angela O’Kelly is the Head of Design for Body and Environment at the National College of Art & Design.

O’Kelly is an established curator of contemporary design and craft and designs and creates large scale jewellery.  She studied Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, graduating with a Degree in 1997 and a Postgraduate Diploma in 1998. She received an MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin in 2004.

Courses Overview: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Bachelor in Fashion Design
Bachelor in Textile and Surface Design
Bachelor in Jewellery and Metalwork
Master of Fine Arts in Fashion Design
Master of Fine Arts in Textile Surface Design
Master of Fine Arts in Textile Art & Artefact
Master of Fine Arts in Jewellery and Metalwork

Noteworthy Alumni

Philip Treacy, Simone Rocha, Alan Taylor, Orla Kiely

Life in Dublin

Our Thomas Street location situated in the historic Liberties area of Dublin has all the energy and excitement of a university campus with a full academic and student life as well as easy access to the dynamic urban and cultural environment of the city. We've been described as "a mecca of arts and design study" by The Irish Times.

The Liberties is one of the capital’s most colourful and dynamic districts. A lively city neighbourhood bursting with character, opportunities and innovation. Our campus sits side by side with dynamic media and tech hubs, highly-respected medical and education centres, and some of Dublin’s top visitor attractions. It is an area of vibrant community, iconic brands and creative energy.


Tuition and Scholarship Information

Full details of NCAD tuition fees can be found here.

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