How to Apply

PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION LINK FOR 2022/23 IS NOW CLOSED.  Any enquiries, please contact:

If you are interested in applying for any of our postgraduate, short or evening courses, you will find specific course information and online application forms in the relevant course page.

The Crawford College of Art and Design welcomes Advanced Entry Applications via CAO.  Applicants must have relevant Higher or Further Education or an equivalent to be considered for the Advanced Entry route, and will be required to submit an advanced digital portfolio as part of the application process. Further info on Advanced Entry here.


The CAO Process

  • Online Digital Portfolio Submission for 2022/23 is now CLOSED.
  • Applications are made through the CAO by the 1st of February.
  • Please note that no late applications will be accepted for “restricted” courses (those that require a portfolio).
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their portfolio assessment by email.
  • Places will be offered on the basis of the portfolio score, rather than on Leaving Cert points, once the minimum entry requirements have been met.
  • Offers will be made by the CAO in August.

View our video about creating your Digital Portfolio Submission




Courses that require a portfolio

An Art & Design Portfolio is required as part of your application to:

Each year we offer Portfolio Preparation Courses to help students to prepare their portfolios.

Interview Guidelines

The following courses require that you attend for interview following application. Guidelines for interview can be found in each course page:

Applications made through our Mature student process or from FETAC/QQI or CCPS courses may be required to attend for interview in June. You will be asked to bring your portfolio.