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Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design (Fine Art Painting)

Part-time, 6-year degree in Art and Design. Start Date: October 2021. Closing date for applications: 10th September 2021.

Discipline: Creative Arts and Media

Location: Galway – Cluain Mhuire

NFQ Level: 7

Mode of Study: Flexible Learning

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: See Other Essential Information

Places: 24

Why Study?

This programme is designed to provide an opportunity for people who may have prior commitments preventing them from committing to fulltime education, to engage in the study of Fine Art, on a part time basis. 

This highly regarded creative programme offers students the opportunity to engage in formal learning in a supportive environment.

Students from this programme form strong social networks that in turn creates a positive learning experience for each other. It also provides an opportunity for learners to experience art education in a supportive and professional environment.


Programme delivery:

This 6-year, part-time programme is delivered by blended learning and students will be required to attend the CCAM campus in Galway one day per week.

Programme Modules

The part time BA Art and Design by flexible delivery mode programme aims to promote lifelong learning.

It is designed to educate learners in studio art practice in a contemporary context, incorporating art history.

The collegial environment nurtures, challenges and informs learners on this programme.


  • Core Visual Studies
  • Painting/Studio
  • Art History
  • Critical Theory


Career Opportunities

  • Painter
  • Curator
  • Illustrator
  • Art Critic
  • Gallery Administration
  • Blogger
  • Storyboard Artist

Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates have gone on to further studies to PhD level.

Students have exhibited extensively and secured residencies both nationally and internationally. 

Essential Information: 

Next Start Date:

October 2021


How to Apply

Applications for 2021/22 are now closed. 

If you have any queries on this please email


Entry Requirements:

An aptitude for art and design as evidenced by a sample of work submitted. A selection of 10-15 images including drawings, colour studies, paintings and contact details, should be submitted to  

Upon receipt of your application, a member of staff will contact you to discuss your interest in the course.

The minimum entry requirements are a Grade O6/H7 or better in five Leaving Certificate subjects including English or Irish and Mathematics with a minimum of 160 points. Equivalent qualifications and scores from other countries will be assessed and scored by the Institute.

A Pass in any QQI FET Major Award at level 5 or 6.

A Pass in a QQI FET Foundation Certificate, the NUIG/GMIT Foundation Certificate or any Foundation Certificate delivered by the regional cluster (GMIT, NUIG, IT Sligo or IT Letterkenny).


Mature Applicants

Applications from mature applicants (aged 23 on or before 1st January of the course commencement year) are welcomed by GMIT.  A quota of places is reserved for mature applicants. 

These applicants do not have to meet the Leaving Certificate entry requirements and are considered on an individual basis (previous education, work experience, and demonstration of ability and competence to undertake the programme) and will be invited for interview. 

They must display an aptitude for art and design as evidenced by a sample of work submitted.


English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements will be as determined by GMIT and as published in the Access, Transfer and Progression code.  The current requirements are as follows:

Non-EU applicants who are not English speakers must have a minimum score of 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each component) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent.  All results must have been achieved within 2 years of application to GMIT.

EU applicants who are not English speakers are recommended to have a minimum score of 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each component) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent.

Further details on English language requirements are available at  


Recognition of Prior Learning

GMIT is committed to the principles of transparency, equity and fairness in recognition of prior learning (RPL) and to the principle of valuing all learning regardless of the mode or place of its acquisition. Recognition of Prior Learning may be used to:

(i) gain access or advanced entry to a programme at Stage 2 or higher, subject to available places. 
(ii) gain credits and exemptions from programme modules after admission
(iii) in award years RPL will be considered, to a 50% maximum (30 credits)

Academic Code of Practice No. 6 outlines the policies and procedures for the Recognition of Prior Learning.  Guidance for applicants is provided on



Applicants will be offered places in decreasing order of performance until all available places are exhausted following the initial application deadline.  Thereafter, if additional places remain unfilled, offers will be made to eligible applications until all places are filled.  A minimum of 5% of places are reserved for mature applicants.

Programme Duration

Six years.

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