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GMIT Contemporary Art

Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art

Three year course for those for those who wish to pursue careers as art and design professionals

Discipline: Art and Design

Programme Code: 


Location: Galway - CCAM

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: Three years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 30

CAO Round 1 Points: 205 (2016)

Why Study?

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

This award will provide a specialist environment for those who wish to pursue careers as art and design 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)
  • Design in Textiles
  • Drawing 2

Year 2 Electives:

  • Digital Media – Superdigital Interconnectivity
  • Clay Portrait Head
  • Moulding and Casting
  • Book Arts

Year 3:

  • Visual Culture
  • 2D Studio Practice (Painting, Printmaking and Photography)
  • 3D Studio Practice
  • Design in Textiles Studio Practice

Year 3 Electives:

  • Cloth and the Human experience
  • Curation & Exhibition in Contemporary Art
  • 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
  • Merchandiser
  • Sales (fashion)
  • Fashion house design-Intern
  • Craftsperson

Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates may proceed to the Level 8 honours degree programmes 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.


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 at €100 for 2015/16.

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

John Langan

Programme Chair

Tel: +353 (0)91 745451

Email: John Langan