Here at IT Sligo we offer a three-year BA and a four year BA (Hons)in Fine Art; both options are studio based and practice-led. Our programmes offer students a wide experience of materials, processes and ideas within a supportive and stimulating environment.
Individual modules include Ceramics, Digital/Lens Based Media, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture Studies and Visual Literacy. Over the duration of their studies students are encouraged to develop their own particular interests and pathways. There is a special emphasis on Drawing as a tool to connect a diverse range of ideas and activities. Contemporary and historical art practices are examined through a series of lectures, seminars, field trips and written assignments. Professional Practice and Work in Context modules offer practical, real world experience within the arts sector.
All of our students have individual studio spaces and access to specialised, well equipped technical workshops. Our Fine Art lecturers are practicing artists and historians that bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their teaching roles. We have a regular visiting artist lecture series and we offer regular local, national and international study trips. The beautiful Sligo environment, which offers unrivalled outdoor pursuits, is extremely well served as a cultural hub for the entire North West region.
We have strong ties with art institutions in the region (e.g. The Model, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, the Dock) and students are afforded a number of opportunities to gain experience, collaborate with artists/ projects and to exhibit in a professional environment. Hyde Bridge Gallery award our students an annual graduate exhibition prize and we currently offer a studio residency award in association with the Ballinglen Arts Foundation. We aim to equip students with the practical skills, knowledge and intellectual resources necessary for a rewarding career in the arts.