BA (Hons) in Visual Art

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)Visual Art

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        253 - 506
College Street
4 years
240 ECTS


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What is Art?

The concept of visual art is very broad. For example, it can refer to a skillfully crafted object or an inspired visual statement. What we can say is that visual art plays a crucially important role in our lives, enhancing them in various ways.

What is the BA (Hons) in Visual Art?

The ab initio four years Honours Degree in Visual Art at WIT has been informed by the latest developments in art theory and practice. These include, the use of inter and multi disciplinary approaches, availing of the creative opportunities inherent in new media and the development of a comprehensive understanding of contemporary critical theory. At the same time, the course recognises the continuing significance of more traditional art forms, such as drawing and painting, and these are incorporated into the programme.

The course is structured on the basis of a modularised four-year degree, starting with the inculcation of core skills. These are then extended through a number of thematic projects in which practical ability is augmented and strengthened by the development of critical theory. Finally, each student brings his/her cumulative learning to bear on the accomplishment of a personal artistic project.

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Art Core Studies 1Art Core Studies 2
2D Media 1.12D Media 1.2
3D Media 1.13D Media 1.2
Creative IT Applications (Art)Research Methodologies in Art and Art History
Art History/Critical
Thinking Skills
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
2D Media 2Live Art 2
3D Media 2 Creative Multimedia 2
Live Art 1 Introduction to Drama Practice
Creative Multimedia 1 History of Modern and Postmodern Art
Photography 1
History of Early Modern Art
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Identity and ContextCreative Multimedia 3
Arts ManagementArt - Environment
Art & its HistoriesResearch & Project Proposal
Choose one of the following electives:Critical Artistic Debates
*2D Media Studies
*3D Media Studies
* = electiveThe delivery of electives will depend on the demand and resources available
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Major Art Project 1 Major Art Project 2
Art History Dissertation
Project Analysis

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BA (Hons) in Visual Art

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7
Art or Design and Communication Graphics: O3/H5

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BA (Hons) in Visual Art:

Students who qualify from the BA (Hons) in Visual Art will find employment as:

  • Professional Artists

  • Community Artists

  • Audio visual Producers

  • Computer Animators

  • Theatre Designers

  • Arts Management

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