Arts in Ireland

Study Arts in Ireland

Ireland, a country full of fun and entertainment and verve creates a perfect environment for a creative person to hone his/her imagination. Home to Vikings, forts, vampires and rock (music genre), the Island in the European Union offers a lot in the field of Art. The country excels in every field from literature to technology and music to environmental studies, Ireland is a dream place for any student seeking quality education. 

The country has one of the best education systems in the Europe according to 2004 IMD world competitiveness reports and welcomes around 2, 00,000 students every year. Being in a foreign land you need not to get inhibited by anything as Ireland is the world’s friendliest country according to a voting done by Lonely Planet in 2008. 
Ireland offers a lot of opportunity in the field of Visual/Fine Arts and Performing Arts at undergraduate, postgraduate and research level. Let’s explore the subjects which one can choose from: 

Visual/Fine Arts

  • Painting:  The course will train a student in unique tradition and history of Painting and will encourage new interpretation, innovation and experimentation in the field of brush and easel.
  • Art in Digital World: The course explores how contemporary art practices responds to digital world.
  • Art in Contemporary World: The course will train students in testing and exploring new models of theory-practice interaction in contemporary art.
  • Fine Print: The programme covers various disciplines including sculpture, installation and media. The course involves students in printmaking and expanded print making. The students learn various modes of expression and visual installation using a variety of techniques and skills.
  • Sculpture: The course will teach you to create contemporary exhibition.
  • Art Education: The course trains students for teaching in various disciplines of Arts.
  • Visual Culture: A student pursuing this course will study the history and theory of modern and contemporary art and design practice. 

Performing Arts

A country where people live their life to the fullest merriment and celebration is just a way of life. In Ireland, one can learn, live and enjoy the art and culture around. Ireland offers a wide range of programmes for one to pursue in the field of Performing Arts. 
  • Music: A student will learn vocal and instrumental Irish Music techniques.
  • Dance: Irish dance is known to a high spirited form of expression. The dance style is famous all over the world. A student can learn the traditional techniques right there in the country of its origin.
  • Acting/Drama/Theatre: Ireland offers various skills in Acting/Drama/Theatre like design, performance, acting, drama and many more. Students can also opt for research in the same field. 


How to apply to a college offering Arts in Ireland

Students interested in pursuing education in Ireland need to apply to an institution of their choice through Central Application Office. 
  • Entry requirements for admission in an institution in Ireland may vary year to year. Students applying to study in Ireland are graded on their six best subject scores at 10+2 level. 
  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is also accepted as meeting the minimum entry requirement for higher education programmes. 
English language requirement in Ireland:
Proficiency in English is a must to get admission in any institution in Ireland as the mode of education is English. The list below shows the minimum standards in English which should be met. Students can appear any one of the following tests. In certain cases, results in examinations other than those mentioned below may be accepted. Students need to inquire about that from the college/university they are applying to:



Level Required

Irish Leaving Certificate in English

Ordinary level grade D

GCSE English Language

Grade C

GCE O-Level English Language

Grade C

University of Cambridge

Pass in Use of English Examination


220 (computer based test) and 550 (paper based test)


Composite score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in any one component

Cambridge Proficiency

Grade C

Cambridge Advanced

Grade A

ARELS oral examination



Grade C1

PTE Academic

Minimum score of 36


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