Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Mayo County Council are delighted to announce the establishment of a fully accredited BA in Visual Arts Programme in North Mayo, commencing mid September 2013. This programme presents a unique opportunity to study art in a rural context, using the beautiful and diverse landscapes of North Mayo to inspire students.

The Erris programme will build on the experience of the successful model pioneered by DIT and the Sherkin Island Development Society with the West Cork Arts Centre on Sherkin Island over the past 14 years, and this first deployment of the course outside of Cork represents a very significant advance for the arts and for arts education in Mayo. 

Qualification awarded: BA (Visual Art) Level 8 / BA
Duration of programme: 4 years
Type of programme: Honours Degree
Number of places: 20 approx.

What is visual art?
On completing the programme graduates will be able to demonstrate an advanced  comprehension of the nature, role and potential of Art in the context of their community and in a wider international context, a critical comprehension of historical and contemporary developments in Art; and a thorough mastery of the materials, techniques and skills appropriate to their own artistic interests. Additionally they will develop professional artistic skills necessary for the visual expression of significant ideas and concepts and an ability to present their work in a professional manner.

What are the career opportunities?
Graduates establish themselves as professional artists and can also find employment in the cultural and community sectors as gallery and studio assistants, Arts Officers in County Council Offices as curators and as arts administrators. There are also opportunities for employment in the teaching profession and to pursue graduate studies up to PhD level.

Learning Outcomes:
This four year modular honours degree programme, delivered in Erris (Belmullet & Rossport) offers a dynamic and creative education in the Visual Arts and is fully accredited, managed and delivered by the Dublin Institute of Technology.

The first two years are highly structured and are designed to give the participants basic technical skills in drawing, painting, photography and digital media (both word-processing and image manipulation), and a good understanding of the critical concerns and context of modern and contemporary art practice.

The final two years are increasingly self-directed allowing participants to develop their particular focus in terms of medium and content. This builds upon research methods and skills developed in stages one and two, which allows participants to develop a similar self-directed approach in critical theory.

What are the options after completion?
Graduates who achieve the appropriate honours standard have access to a range of taught Masters, MPhil and PhD degrees by research in DIT or elsewhere in Ireland and abroad.

How is the course structured?
The BA in Visual Art is delivered in weekend blocks. Students attend every second weekend during the Academic year (September to May), meeting Friday to Monday inclusively. The critical theory modules are delivered remotely through DIT. There are two main locations for tuition: Áras Inis Gluaire/Belmullet Arts Centre, Belmullet and Colaiste Chomáin, Rossport.
Occasional site visits are organised during the academic year.

Applying for this course:
If you are interested in applying for this course, application can be made online:

Applicants should have a portfolio of recent work ready for interview.

For further information check the DIT website www.dit.ie or contact Elaine Lawlor, School Office – artdesignprinting@dit.ie / 01-402 4138.  For application forms contact:
Admissions Office, Dublin Institute of Technology, 143-149 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6. Tel 01-402 3445

This Course is managed and delivered by the Dublin Institute of Technology and Mayo County Council, in partnership with Áras Inis Gluaire/ Belmullet Arts Centre and Coláiste Chomáin, Rossport.


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