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National College of Art and Design offers the largest range of art and design degrees in Ireland at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The College's campus is situated in Thomas Street, in the historic Liberties area of Dublin. The College has 1,000 full time students and a further six hundred students who are taking evening courses. The College has four faculties: Design, Education, Fine Art and Visual Culture.

A tutorial system operates throughout the College and many of the courses are project based. Students' progress is monitored at the end of projects, and by examination at the end of each year.

The Faculty of Fine Art teaching combines the traditional disciplines such as drawing and painting with an open experimental approach which allows individuals to realise their ideas in a wide range of media.

The Design Faculty is the largest in the College and comprises ceramics, glass, metals, fashion design, industrial and product design, textile design and visual communication.

The Faculty of Visual Culture interacts with other faculties in providing the visual culture elements of all NCAD degrees. The Faculty of Visual Culture also offers an undergraduate degree in Visual Culture as well as a number of postgraduate taught and research degrees (PhD).

The Faculty 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 one-year postgraduate Professional Diploma in Art and Design Education. The Faculty also provides a Graduate Diploma in Community Arts Education.

 Exchange programmes with colleges and universities in Europe and the United States take place annually. The College is a member of the European League of the Institute of the Arts.

 The College has been a recognised college of the National University of Ireland since 1996. In 2011 it became a recognised college of University College Dublin (UCD).