Where is the school?
We are based in Gorey, Ireland. You will find a map on our contact page.
Who accredits your courses?
QQI is the awarding body for our courses. QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is a state agency established by the Quality Assurance and Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 2012 with a board appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills. Their functions include those previously carried out by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC); the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC); the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB) and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI).
A comprehensive explanation of who QQI are and the work they do can be found on the QQI website.
When can I apply?
Applications are accepted online from January to August each year. It is essential that your application reaches us before August 14th. This is the deadline for receipt of applications for the upcoming academic year beginning in early September. Late applications are considered, however places are limited and no guarantee can be made that places will be available. Please refer to our Key Dates page for specific times.
How do I apply?
You will find a list of our courses on the top navigation bar throughout the site. Once you have selected your course of interest, click the "Apply Now" button located on the right-hand side bar. Fill out this form and click "Submit". Here are the links to each course page Portfolio Preparation, Advanced Portfolio Preparation, Documentary Filmmaking & Photography and Critical Writing & Thinking.
What are the entry requirements for your courses?
The entry requirements for each course vary. You will find information about the entry requirements at the bottom of each course page. Here are the links to each page Portfolio Preparation, Advanced Portfolio Preparation, Documentary Filmmaking & Photography and Critical Writing & Thinking
I've applied, what happens next?
We process applications during the summer months. Applicants for courses where interviews are necessary will be contacted in July by post or email with a date and time to arrive at the school for their interview. Interviews usually take place in the third week of August. All applicants will be invited to attend an enrolment day in late August. Please refer to our Key Dates page for specific times.
What should I bring to my interview?
Apart from yourself, it depends on the course that you've applied for. Our biggest wish is to populate our courses with interesting, engaged and committed students. Interviews are one way of trying to guarantee that that happens. We don't like to specify exactly what to bring simply because we'd like to meet the real you and not somebody you think we'd like to meet. For those of you who would like some direction, we'll mention a few things that might help you.
Drawings, visual diary, research about artists (photographers, painters, sculptors, filmmakers, etc), collages, assemblages, found objects, a list of interests you have or clubs that you might be involved in. This list could go on forever and might never list the right thing for every applicant.
As educators who are passionate about our work, we will never achieve our goals if we have groups of students who are not prepared to work. So again, we want students who are interesting, engaged and committed. Skills can be taught once we have the students with the right attitude.
When can I expect my acceptance letter?
Acceptance letters are a crucial part of your application for a grant. We release acceptance letters on the third Thursday of August. For an applicant to be eligible to receive an acceptance letter, he/she has to pay the full registration fee on or before the registration day.
What is the cost of each course?
For full-time courses at Gorey School of Art, a registration fee of €300 is charged to each student. This fee covers a range of costs such as student services like photocopying and printing, FETAC exam fees, a registration fee and a materials contribution that is used to reduce the ongoing costs to the students.
For part-time students at Gorey School of Art, a registration fee of €240 is charged to each student. This fee covers a range of costs such as student services like photocopying and printing, FETAC exam fees, a registration fee and a materials contribution that is used to reduce the ongoing costs to the students.
All students are potentially liable to pay a PLC Participant Contribution Fee. Please see the section below for more details.
What is the PLC Participant Contribution Fee?
Up to the academic year 2011/2012, Irish nationals and nationals of other EU member states did not have to pay tuition fees for approved PLC courses. Some other categories of students were also entitled to access them free of fees - see studentfinance.ie for details.
A participant contribution of €200 per year was introduced in the academic year 2011/2012.
You do not have to pay the contribution if:
How do I pay?
Payments can only be made online. You can pay online by using the link below.
What date do the courses start and finish?
Portfolio Preparation course commences late early September and finishes on the Friday of the June Bank Holiday weekend.
Advanced Portfolio Preparation commences late early September and finishes on the Friday of the June Bank Holiday weekend.
Documentary Filmmaking & Photography commences late early September and finishes on the Friday of the June Bank Holiday weekend.
What time do the courses start and finish each day?
All full-time courses operate from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, September to May. Part-time courses vary from year to year but we usually announce dates and times for part-time courses early in September.
What materials and equipment do I need?
Applicants will receive a materials list with their acceptance letters, or at interview. For most of our courses, students will only need a basic supply of materials to begin with. These should include willow charcoal, a range of B grade pencils, putty rubber, masking tape and a craft knife.
For Documentary Filmmaking & Photography it is mandatory that every student has a DSLR Camera that has the ability to capture Full HD footage with a minimum 16GB Class 10 SD card, a tripod and an external desktop hard drive spinning at a minimum of 7200rpm with a minimum capacity of 2TB.