Post Baccalaureate in Studio Art

The Aims of the Post Baccalaureate

The Higher Diploma in Fine Art is the equivalent to the Post Baccalaureate in the United States, and is known informally as the ‘Post Bac’.  This one-year course assists you to find your voice as an artist and prepares you for application to and potential enrollment in an MA / MFA programme.  The Post Bac is also applicable for students who have a degree in a subject other than fine art and who wish to transfer onto a fine art educational track by progressing to an MA / MFA programme.

As a student who is in the process of finding your artistic identity, the Post Bac facilitates the development of your voice and studio practice through individually negotiated independent study.  As a Post Bac student you will produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate your understanding of fine art practice at the graduate level.  You will develop and deepen your understanding of the critical discourse informing contemporary art and be prepared for the next stage of your artistic development.

Programme Description and Course Structure

Studio Practice and Critique is at the core of the programme, taking the form of negotiated projects for independent study that also involve portfolio preparation and career planning.

Studio courses provide teaching in a choice of disciplines where you work alongside undergraduate students.

Historical and Critical Studies examines key concepts in modern and contemporary art to assist you to contextualise your emerging art practice.

The Burren : Culture & Environment introduces you to a wide range of environmental and cultural studies in the west of Ireland, ranging from natural history and geology through archaeology to modern history (one semester only).

You will also visit galleries and museums in Dublin with optional visits to London and Berlin.

Course Structure

Year 1, Semester 1

Studio Practice and Critique 1 :(Independent Study) 20 ECTS
Studio Practice and Critique 2 : (Taught), 5 ECTS
Historical and Critical Studies 1 : Introduction, 5 ECTS

Year 1, Semester 2

Studio Practice and Critique 3 :(Independent Study) 20 ECTS
Studio Practice and Critique 4 :(Taught) 5 ECTS
Studio Practice and Critique 5 :(Taught) 5 ECTS – optional
The Burren : Culture and Environment, 5 ECTS – optional


For any further information about the Post Baccalaureate in Studio Art or the application process, please contact:

Lisa Newman, Director of Admissions:


T: +353 65 7077200

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