National College of Art and Design (NCAD)

The National College of Art and Design occupies a unique position in art and design education in Ireland, offering the widest range of art and design degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Many of the most important Irish artists, designers and art teachers have studied or taught in the College. It has long been the central and most important art and design educational institution in Ireland.


Global Exchange School
  • Dublin, Ireland

Final dates announced on exchange school's website.

Spring Semester

January — May

Fall Semester

September — January

Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Eligible RISD Departments
  • Apparel Design
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Industrial Design
  • Jewelry + Metalsmithing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles

Fact Sheet
Exchange Website
University Website
Exchange Courses
Academic Calendar
Exchange Student Modules

Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • English

Full English instruction

About NCAD

You may apply to only one NCAD Undergraduate Studies departments (juniors and seniors) and Postgraduate Studies departments (recommended only for seniors) as an exchange student. These include:

  • School of Fine Art: Print, Media, Painting, Sculpture & Expanded Practice, Textile Art & Artefact, Ceramics, Glass
  • School of Design: Product Design, Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Moving Image, Jewellery & Objects, Fashion Design, Textile & Surface Design
    • Bureau+: Product / Interaction Design OR Graphic Design / Illustration / Moving Image Design
  • School of Visual Culture
  • School of Education - Spring only

Students applying to an Undergraduate Studies department are generally placed in year 2 (of the 3-year program). Learn more about the Program Modules which determine available courses.

Academic Credits

NCAD utilizes the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to award academic credit for coursework. For transfer to RISD, 2ECTS is equivalent to 1 RISD credit.

Apply for Global Exchange & AICAD

The entire application process will be completed using an online application portal. Apply the semester before you plan to attend.

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1:1 Advising Session

Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for a 1:1 advising session. We can give you more information about your study options, help you figure out which program makes sense for you, and assist you with the application process.

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