National College of Art and Design student intake increase has positive knock-on effects


The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) situated on Thomas St in The Liberties has become Ireland’s largest provider of art and design.

Enrolment to NCAD for the academic year of 2014/2015 showed the highest number of students ever joining NCAD.

NCAD is currently undergoing a process of change, and this year’s boost in student numbers is testament to the success of the changes the college has been making.

On Monday the 22nd of September 320 new students started the academic term off in

The college now has the highest intake at first of all art and design institutions nationwide.

NCAD has now increased its first-year intake by 75% over the past three years.

The College has 1,000 full time students and a further six hundred students who are taking evening courses.

NCAD works at a very high standard with many of their past students going on to achieve great things and winning many prestigious awards.

This year’s undergraduate student numbers represent a 35% increase in the student population at NCAD since 2011; the college has also announced that they have an above average progression rate.

Students of NCAD show great commitment to their studies as 94% of students’ progress into second year.

NCAD director Professor Declan McGonagle said “NCAD has been the most significant provider of art and design education in Ireland for over 250 years.

“We are delighted that, due to the high numbers of first-year undergraduate students starting with us this year, we are now also the largest provider.”

NCAD offers a wide range of courses including Fine Art, Visual Culture, Ceramics and Glass, Fashion Design, Textile and Surface Design, Visual Communication and many more.

For further information contact: Martina Quinn/Sarah Harte, DHR Communications,Tel: 01-4200580/087-652203 or visit the NCAD website at

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