3. Decision Making Process

This section outlines how applications and admissions to IADT are determined. See below the application policies for different categories of applicants and application procedures for different courses.

How to Apply

Applying to IADT: www.iadt.ie/study/how-to-apply

Applying through the CAO: www.iadt.ie/study/how-to-apply/cao-applications

All applications for admission to the first year of Ordinary Degree and ab-initio Honours Degree courses at IADT must be made directly to the CAO: www.iadt.ie/study/how-to-apply/application-forms

Portfolio Guidelines

Portfolio Guidelines are on this link: www.iadt.ie/study/portfolio-guidelines

Mature + Non-standard Applicants


Advanced Entry at IADT


Entry Requirements



QQI/FETAC Links Scheme

IADT is committed to encouraging QQI/FETAC award holders to progress onto our courses. For details of QQI / FETAC courses please refer to FETAC / QQI on 01 9058100 or www.qqi.ie.

Applications from QQI / FETAC award holders are made through the CAO and all relevant closing dates and conditions apply.

If you have any full QQI /FETAC level 5 or level 6 award, you are eligible to apply for a place on any of our Ordinary Degree (level 7 award) courses or on any of our Honours Degree (level 8 award) courses. Applicants for level 8 awards must have a minimum of three distinctions to be eligible.

Ordinary Degree (level 7 award)

Any FETAC level 5 and level 6 award may be used for application to the following:

Code Course
DL701 Bachelor of Business Studies in Applied Entrepreneurship – with add-on DL801
DL704* BA in Creative Music Production

Honours Degree (level 8 award)

Any FETAC level 5 and level 6 Award with a minimum of three distinctions may be used for application to the following:

Code Course
DL828 BA (Hons) in 3D Design, Modelmaking + Digital Art
DL832 BA (Hons) in Animation
DL825* BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology
DL827 BA (Hons) in Art
DL822 BA (Hons) in Arts and Event Management
DL836* BSc (Hons) in Creative Computing
DL835* BSc (Hons) in Creative Media Technologies
​DL829 BA (Hons) in Design for Stage + Screen; Costume Design
DL830 BA (Hons) in Design for Stage + Screen; Character MakeUp Design
DL831* BA (Hons) in Design for Stage + Screen; Production Design
DL821 BA (Hons) in English, Media + Cultural Studies
DL823 Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Entrepreneurship + Management
DL834 BA (Hons) in Film + Television Production
DL837 BA (Hons) in New Media Studies

* These courses require at least a pass (06 / H7) in Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate or a pass in a mathematical methods module as part of your QQI / FETAC award.

Points are awarded on the basis of FETAC results

  • See www.fetac.ie or www.cao.ie for details on the scoring system used.
  • Some courses require a portfolio in addition to your QQI / FETAC award. Please see the individual course details and details on portfolio assessments above.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


Student Regulations

Student regulations regarding the awarding of degrees, academic appeals, disciplinary matters can be found in the Student Handbook.


Student Policies + Procedures

The following link lists all IADT student-related policies and procedures currently available on line. Follow the links to view the documents.


Staff Appointments + Elections

Under construction

Recruitment Procedures


Elections to Governing Body

The current governing body was appointed as per the Regional Technical Colleges Act 1992, Section 6(1): ‘There shall be a governing body of the college and the governing body, save as otherwise stated by this Act, shall perform the functions conferred on the college by this Act’.

Section 6(4)(c) of the Act states that, ‘two persons, being members of the academic staff of the college, shall be elected by that staff in accordance with regulations made by the governing body’.

Section 6(4)(d) of the Act states that, ‘one person, being a member of the staff (other than the academic staff) of the college, shall be elected by that staff in accordance with regulations made by the governing body.’