BA Visual Art: Erris, Mayo

BA Visual Art: Erris, Mayo

BA Visual Art: Erris, 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 my 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: What will I study on this


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 other options do I have 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.

BA Visual Art: Erris, Mayo

Course Content

Module Listing: Year 1

Module one: Drawing as information gathering

Module two: Painting – a shifting horizon

Module three: Responding to your landscape

Module four: Finding your own direction – personal growth

Module five: Digital Media - Introductory Skills

Module six: Critical theory – Introduction to modernism

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 art work ready for interview.

For further information check the DIT website or contact Elaine Lawlor, School Office – / 01-402 4138.

For application forms:

or 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.