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GMIT Contemporary Art

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Contemporary Art

Four year honours degree for those who wish to pursue careers as art and design professionals

Discipline: Art and Design

Programme Code: 


Location: Galway - CCAM

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 30

CAO Round 1 Points: 250 (2016)

Why Study?

This honours degree course introduces you to ideas, skills and creative traditions underpinning contemporary art practices.

It appeals to those seeking to explore and engage with the contemporary visual world through innovative and challenging ways.

It fosters your visual curiosity and a professionalism through specialist and multi-disciplinary approaches to art-making.

Opportunities exist to study ceramics, digital media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and textiles through 2D, 3D and Design in Textiles pathways.

These pathways are combined with art history, critical theory and professional development as a means to root the visual traditions of thought and critical inquiry with an awareness of professional working contexts of the visual art and design fields.

This inter-disciplinary approach develops specialist knowledge and a range of transferable skills. This enables successful graduates to explore the possibilities of the cultural sector in ambitious, innovative and enterprising ways.


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 with electives in Cloth and the Human experience
  • Curation & Exhibition in Contemporary Art
  • Socially Engaged and Participative Public Art Practice
  • Film Making with DSLR


Year 4:

  • Dissertation
  • 2D Studio Practice (Painting/Photography/Printmaking)
  • 3D Studio Practice (Sculpture, Ceramics and Digital Media)
  • Design in Textiles Studio Practice Critical Theory
  • Theory and Practice Seminars
  • Sustaining Practice 

Career Opportunities

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

  • Artist
  • Art educator/teacher
  • Freelance design professional
  • Art and design media roles including bloggers and cultural commentators
  • Art writers and critics
  • Art photographer
  • Master printer
  • Arts administrator
  • Fashion buyer
  • Stylists and trends analysis
  • Textile designer
  • Public Artist
  • Web Design
  • Community arts practitioner
  • Museum and gallery assistant
  • Informal educational roles within community and cultural institutions
  • Exhibition tour guide
  • Media researcher

Post-graduate Studies: 

Level 9 programmes are currently being developed in CCAM. 

In addition, graduates will be eligible to apply for a range of cognate postgraduate courses (at Level 9) in other Irish and overseas institutions.


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

Dr Gavin Murphy

Programme Chair

Tel: +353 (0)91 745407

Email: Gavin Murphy