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Art - Contemporary Applied Art - Ceramics Glass Textiles - CCAD Sharman Crawford Street

Higher Education CAO

Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics, Glass and Textiles) encourages fresh ideas, inventive use of materials and techniques, and offers students the opportunity to critically engage with making.

Award Name Degree - Honours Bachelor (Level 8 NFQ)
NFQ Classification Major
Awarding Body Munster Technological University
NFQ Level Level 8 NFQ
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Degree - Honours Bachelor (Level 8 NFQ) Major Munster Technological University Level 8 NFQ
Course Provider:
Cork City
Attendance Options:
Daytime, Full time
Qualification Letters:
BA (Hons)
Apply to:
Restricted Entry:
CAO Points Round 1
Year Points
2023 320
2022 400
2021 450
2020 790


4 Years (8 Semesters).

Specific Subjects or course requirements

Score the necessary CAO points and meet Leaving Certificate Minimum entry requirements

6 Subjects
Subjects O6/H7 4
Subjects H5 2
Maths Grade Note 1
English or Irish Grade O6/H7

Offers for MT820, MT821 & MT823 are made based on portfolio assessment results to applicants who meet the academic minimum entry requirements for that course.

Ref. 1: There is no specific requirement for Maths. A Grade F2 or higher in foundation level Maths is recognised as one of the subjects for entry.

Leaving Certificate General Entry Requirements

Applicants must be 16 years of age or over on 1st January of the year of entry to the course. For the majority of courses, applicants for first year admission to MTU must score the necessary CAO points and satisfy the relevant minimum entry requirements for their programme of study.

Minimum entry requirements may be satisfied by the results of more than one Leaving Certificate. The minimum entry requirements may be varied for non-standard applicants and holders of QQI-FET awards.

2nd Chance Maths Exam
Some students who apply for MTU courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Maths through the Leaving Certificate examination. For such applicants, the University offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a MTU Maths Exam.

This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Maths Exam) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Maths entry standard and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate Maths entry standard.

Common Bonus Points Scale for Higher Level Maths

A bonus of 25 points is awarded to applicants who achieve a grade H6 or above in higher level (HL) Maths.

All students presenting H6 or above in HL Maths will have 25 points added to their score for Maths.

The six highest subject points scores will then be counted to achieve a cumulative points score, as is normal practice. The bonus points will only be relevant in cases where the subject HL mathematics (including bonus points) is scored as one of the candidate’s six best subjects for points purposes. Consequently, if HL mathematics (cumulative points score) is not among these six subjects, the bonus points will not be included in the total points score. Bonus points will be awarded irrespective of the year in which the examinations were taken.

Foundation Maths

A minimum grade of F2 in foundation level Maths fulfils the minimum entry requirements in Maths for the following programmes

MT 541 Bachelor of Business
MT 571 BA in Early Childhood Education and Care
MT 574 BA in Social Care
MT 654 HC in Arts in Hospitality Studies
MT 655 HC in Arts in Culinary Studies
MT 941 Bachelor of Business (Honours)
MT 971 BA (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care
MT 974 BA (Honours) in Social Care
Maths is not required for entry to:

MT 575 BA in Community Development
MT 572 BA in Early Childhood Education & Care
MT 820 BA (Honours) in Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics, Glass, Textiles)
MT 821 BA (Honours) in Fine Art
MT 822 BA (Honours) in Photography with New Media
MT 823 BA (Honours) in Visual Communications
MT 931 BA (Honours) in Popular Music - Electric Guitar
MT 932 BA (Honours) in Popular Music - Electric Bass Guitar
MT 933 BA (Honours) on Poplular Music - Keyboards
MT 934 BA (Honours) in Popular Music - Drums
MT 935 BA (Honours) in Popular Music - Voice
MT 936 BA (Honours) in Music
MT 938 BA (Honours) in Musical Theatre
MT 939 BA (Honours in Theatre and Drama Studies
Although not a requirement, if an applicant achieves a minimum grade of F2 in foundation level Maths this grade is recognised for entry and CAO points are awarded as follows: F1 = 20 points, F2 = 12 points.

Full details of minimum entry requirements for courses are outlined in the relevant course webpage. Applicants are advised to check the relevant subjects, tests, portfolios, and dates very carefully. In particular, there are early assessment procedures for some courses.

Leaving Certificate Vocational Progamme LCVP

Points Scoring for Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) Link Module
Holders of the LCVP apply in the normal way through the CAO. Points are awarded on the same basis as for the Leaving Certificate. The link modules ‘subject’ may not be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.

LCVP Grade Points
Distinction 66
Merit 46
Pass 28

Leaving Certificate Applied Programme LCAP

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) programme
The LCA subjects do not meet the minimum requirements for entry to MTU full-time courses. Holders of Leaving Certificate Applied qualifications may wish to proceed to a FET-QQI course and in turn apply to third level on the basis of their FET-QQI award.

QQI FET Entry Requirements

Careers / Further progression

Further Studies
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for:

• Professional Master of Education (Art and Design)
• MA in Art Therapy
• MA in Art & Process
• MA in Journalism and Digital Content Creation
• MA in Public Relations with New Media
• MA in E-learning Design and Development
• MA by Research
• PhD

For details, see

Career Opportunities
This degree can potentially lead to a wide variety of career opportunities across a range of art industries, eg:

• Working as an artist, creating unique artefacts for exhibition and commission

• Art professional within museums and galleries

• Education

• Running workshops, such as exhibiting artist/designer/maker

• Art professional e.g. curator/arts administrator

• Educator – requires further postgraduate study.

Course Web Page

Further information


Entry 2024 - Restricted Course

Early online application (discounted): Fee €30 Closing Date: 20 January 2024 at 5pm

Normal online application: Fee €45 Closing Date: 1 February 2024 at 5pm

Be sure to complete any action well in advance of closing dates. You should avoid submitting an application close to a closing date. No extensions to closing dates will be allowed and all fees are non-refundable.

Restricted Courses
Applying for a restricted course – you must have applied to CAO by 1 February 2024 at 5pm if you wish to apply for a restricted course. The restricted course must be included on your course choices list by that date, or added to your application using the facility to amend course choices (for a fee of €10) before 1 March at 5pm.

Restricted courses normally require additional assessment procedures, for example, the submission of a portfolio, an oral assessment or interview, or a written assessment. Restricted courses are identified in the handbook by the words “(Restricted - see page 3)" on the same line as the restricted course’s title. Please make sure to acquaint yourself with the additional requirements, if any, of the restricted course(s) that you have applied for and go to page 24 of the 2024 CAO Handbook for more information about interviews and assessments.

Exception: If a restricted course shares the exact same assessment procedures with a course you had applied for by 1 February 2024, you may be permitted to introduce it on a Change of Mind. You should consult with the relevant HEI before introducing such a course.

Mature Applicants
Mature applicants – most HEIs will require mature applicants, who wish to be assessed on mature grounds, to have applied to CAO by 1st February 2024 at 5pm, and include course choices by that date or add them using the facility to amend course choices (for a fee of €10) before 1 March at 5pm. (This restriction does not apply if the applicant wishes to be considered on the basis of school leaving qualifications only.) For more information about applying to CAO on the basis of mature years go to

Supplementary Admission Routes
Applying for DARE and/or HEAR – to be considered for DARE and/or HEAR, applicants must have registered on the CAO system by 1 February 2024 at 5pm. To apply to DARE, you must answer YES to Question 1 ('Do you wish to be considered for DARE?) on Section A of the fully completed Supplementary Information Form (SIF) by 5pm on 1 March 2024.

To apply to HEAR, you must indicate on your CAO application that you wish to apply for HEAR and fully and correctly complete all elements of the online HEAR form by 5pm on 1 March 2024.

Supporting documents for DARE and/or HEAR applicants must be sent to CAO offices before 15 March 2024 at 5pm

Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics, Glass & Textiles) encourages fresh ideas, inventive use of materials and techniques, and offers students the opportunity to critically engage with making.

This is an innovative interdisciplinary programme with an emphasis in three main material areas, ceramics, glass, and textiles, either as a chosen specialism, or in combination. This course offers a creative and playful approach to materials and idea development with a strong emphasis on practical skills, conceptual development and self-directed exploration.

The delivery of this course is modular and centred on ‘thinking through making’ including: skills development workshops, lectures, group seminars, tutorials, peer and independent learning. In their final year students will be expected to develop and execute an original body of work to a high standard and undertake a written thesis which explores the intellectual aspects and implications of the work. In the final year also, students undertake a professional practice module, which is delivered by an international curator to teach students how to present their work to the professional world.

Students are encouraged to pursue opportunities within the programme for international exchange and placement. The Crawford has extensive facilities; excellent specialised workshops, digital labs, individual studio space, and a specialised visual arts library; which with the experienced artist and educator lecturing staff makes the College a vibrant place to study and grow.

First Year at a Glance:

Introduction to Art History: history of western art; modernity and visual culture; seminars including site visits to local galleries and cultural institutes

Introduction to Art Processes: learning to use and express yourself in a variety of media, ceramics, glass, textiles, and one of the following: print, photography, drawing, digital media

Formal Visual Elements: making of 3D and sculptural pieces; making &

constructing objects and the relationship these objects have to the space they exist within

Drawing: developing a personal understanding of visual language through objective/non-objective drawing

Introduction to Studio: explore ideas through a range of materials,

combined with specific workshops in the fundamental processes of ceramics, glass and textiles

IT for Artists: provides the learner with a foundation in IT as it relates to visual arts practice

Question Time
What are the application deadlines?
The deadline for applicants applying through the CAO is 1st February (5pm), after which they will receive an invitation to submit their portfolio for assessment in March.

MTU CCAD will accept applications from mature applicants up to the 1st May (5pm).

Is there a late application facility?
It is very important to note that the CAO Change of Mind facility does not apply to restricted access courses such as MT 820. You can change the order of your CAO choices but you cannot add on this course if you haven’t listed it already on your CAO application before the 1st February at 5pm.

Is there any written exam?
There are no formal (sit-down) exams. However, there are many academic modules where assessment is in essay, report, seminar paper, thesis format.

Does the College provide all the materials for coursework?
We have stores in the College providing papers, canvas, paint, clay, inks etc. where students can purchase materials.

Trish Brennan
T: +353 (0)21 433 5200

Course Provider:
Cork City
Attendance Options:
Daytime, Full time
Qualification Letters:
BA (Hons)
Apply to:
Restricted Entry:
CAO Points Round 1
Year Points
2023 320
2022 400
2021 450
2020 790