GMIT Prospectus 2022/23


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Contemporary Art (Level 8) Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art (Level 7)

Code: GA283 Level: 8 Code: GA273 Level: 7

Why study Contemporary Art? Studying Contemporary Art is perfect for dedicated, enthusiastic, visually driven learners, who are interested in developing their skills in a range of visual disciplines. You can expect to develop a range of visual skills, critical independence and professional confidence. Graduates will possess a thorough academic and technical understanding of specific areas such as printmaking, painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital media, and knowledge of the broader socio-culture environment within which art and design practices operate. Learners are encouraged to examine critically and respond to their contemporary environments through various languages of visual culture, craft, design and art practices. This is a student-centred course, taught through studio workshops, demonstrations, lectures, seminars, field trips and one-to- one tutorials.

Application/Entry Applicants will be required to submit either a physical portfolio or an eportfolio. The alternative option is to attend the campus on one of the designated dates to complete a creative project. Further information on the portfolio requirements are available on our website What are my career opportunities? Graduates usually work as self-employed artists and designers. Some of our graduates progress directly to full-time employment in related and unrelated fields often using their degree as an entrée to community initiatives, business innovation, product design, exhibition curation, art-related journalism, illustration, interior design, web creation, studio complexes, arts administration, museum studies, art education, secondary school teaching, and management in a broad range of fields of work in Ireland and abroad.

What will I study?

Student experience

Year 1: • Digital Media & Photography • History of Art • Learning Innovation Skills • Drawing • Colour & 2D Skills • Critical Theory • Contextual Studies • 3D & Design skills and Studio Practice Year 2: • Drawing • Professional Practice • Critical Theory • History of Art; Major Pathway Electives include 2D Studio Practice (Painting, Printmaking and Photography) • 3D Studio Practice (Ceramics, Sculpture and Digital Media), Plus a suite of minor electives including Digital Media – Superdigital Interconnectivity • Clay Portrait Head • Moulding and Casting • Book Arts

Year 3: • Visual Culture; Major Pathway Electives - 2D Studio Practice (Painting, Printmaking and Photography) • 3D Studio Practice (Ceramics, Sculpture and Digital Media), Plus minor electives in Cloth and the Human experience • Curation & Exhibition in Contemporary Art • Socially Engaged and Participative Public Art Practice and Film Making with DSLR Year 4: • Dissertation • Studio Practice & Critical Theory

Sona Smedkova As a first-year student on the BA Contemporary Art course, I was introduced to the course’s main departments. Various modules took place throughout the year and covered all areas of 2D and 3D. I found it hard to select my pathway, as I found all were appealing. With great support from the lecturing staff, I opted for the 2D pathway for the rest of the course.

The next three years were well designed, from structured lectures to more independent learning approaches. All students, including myself were guided to become confident, self-directed practitioners. With continuous practical and research-based assignments, interesting seminars, and workshops in the areas of Professional Practice, History of Art and Visual Culture, all students gained important research and academic writing skills. During my studies, I was supported in my multidisciplinary workflow, and was able to use all the departments necessary to create my work. I felt driven by challenging debates during regular critiques which often helped me to comprehend artwork from different and fresh angles. The access to an extensive library and the art collection held in it, made artists research and my interest in neuroscience delightful. The CCAM community made college a time full of joy and I felt supported by all the lecturing, administrative, technicians and caretaking staff throughout the 4-year course.

CAMPUS Centre for Creative Arts &Media

Galway School of Design & Creative Arts

DURATION 3/4 years


Talk to us: Austin Ivers, Course Chair, Tel: +353 91 745416 | E-mail:


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