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Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art

A three-year (Level 7) degree for those interested in developing a career in Contemporary Art & Creative Practice

Discipline: Art and Design

Programme Code: 


Location: Galway – Cluain Mhuire

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: Three years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 30

CAO Round 1 Points: 200 (2020)

Why Study?

The Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art is a practice-led programme within CCAM.

This award will provide a specialist environment for those who wish to pursue careers as art  professionals within the contemporary cultural landscape.

This programme aims to produce graduates that are capable of meeting the diverse demands of the cultural sector of art and design.

Graduates will possess a thorough academic and technical understanding of specific pathways and knowledge of the broader socio-culture environment within which art and design practices operate.

Programme Modules

Students on this programme study a variety of modules including:

Year 1:

  • Digital Media
  • Photography
  • History of Art
  • Learning Innovation Skills
  • Drawing Skills and Creative Practice
  • Colour Skills and Creative Practice
  • Critical Theory
  • Contextual Studies
  • 2D skills and creative practice
  • 3D skills and creative practice
  • Design skills and creative practice

Year 2:

  • Professional Practice
  • Critical Theory
  • History of Art
  • 2D Studio Practice (Painting, Printmaking and Photography)
  • 3D Studio Practice (Ceramics, Sculpture and Digital Media)
  • Drawing 2

Year 2 Electives:

  • Clay Portrait Head
  • Book Arts

Year 3:

  • Visual Culture
  • 2D Studio Practice (Painting, Printmaking and Photography)
  • 3D Studio Practice (Ceramics, Sclpture and Digital Media)

Year 3 Electives:

  • Socially Engaged and Participative Public Art Practice
  • Film Making with DSLR

Career Opportunities

Following completion of this programme graduates will have many career opportunities including:  

  • Artist
  • Curator’s assistant
  • Curatorial intern
  • Community worker
  • Fine art edition printer
  • Gallery assistant and administrator
  • Pottery studio assistant
  • Craftsperson

Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates may proceed to our  Level 8 honours degree programme in Contemporary Art or to other institutions nationally and internationally.

Essential Information: 

Mature/FETAC Applicants

See Apply to GMIT for information on how to apply.


Portfolio Assessment 2021

For information on, ePortfolio  Guidelines, please click here. (PDF 182KB)


Materials Fee


A. Studio Materials Fee

The Studio Materials Fee is a student contribution towards the overall cost of materials used by students in the studio and workshops at CAAM.

All studio based students are liable to pay the Studio Materials Fee which has been set between €100 - €160 for 2020/21.

The Studio Materials Fee must be paid on registration in September. 


B. Specialist Materials and Additional Materials Costs

Students will be briefed by lecturing staff at the beginning of all modules/projects on the wide range of specialist practice materials available to them.

Regarding additional materials costs a list of required and recommended materials or equipment will be distributed by the lecturer for each module.

Students engaged in individual projects are required to supply their own materials or meet the costs of additional materials and equipment not supplied by CAAM, which may vary depending on the programme and year of study.  


Note: Materials fees are not covered by Granting Authorities. Material Fees are not applicable to Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students.

Contact Us

Ben Geoghegan

Programme Chair

Tel: +353 (0)91 745403