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.
The School of Education provides for the education of teachers of art, craft and design in second-level schools. There are two modes available: the four-year joint honours degree in Design or Fine Art and Education, and the two-year Professional Master of Education in Art & Design. The School also provide a two-year Professional Master in Socially Engaged Art (part time mode). The Centre for Continuing Education in Art and Design is part of the School of Education and offers a range of part-time courses including certificate courses.
The Centre for Continuing Education in Art and Design (CEAD) at NCAD provides opportunities for learning during the autumn and summer to over six hundred students each year. CEAD offers accredited (University Certificate and Diploma programmes, NFQL 7) and non-credit options for students who choose to study part-time in an era of lifelong learning. CEAD aims to provide a diverse programme of courses offering flexible, quality learning opportunities, that enable access, support progression and transfer for students who wish to further their visual arts education.