Open Learning

Open Learning is the first programme of its kind in Ireland and offers you the opportunity to study a range of undergraduate modules in a number of different institutions.

There are no entry requirements and modules offered by each institution through Open Learning are open to everyone. Each module is worth 5 or 10 ECTS and students can choose any modules which are available as part of the Open Learning programme in 2019-20 in IADT, NCAD and UCD.

Open Learning places on modules are limited and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Open Learning Scholarship 2019-2020

For scholarship details please contact:

Open Learning Booking Form

For application details please contact our Admissions team - / +353 1 2394621


The IADT modules that are available to Open Learners are listed below.

Information about registration will be available shortly.

Department of Design and Visual Art

Module Code Module Title
DESS-H1014 History and Theory of Stage and Screen
DESS-H2013 Technical Skills -Make-up
MODM-H1015 Critical & Cultural Studies
VART-H1009 Art History & Visual Culture
VCOM-H1011 Design & Visual Culture

Department of Film and Media / National Film School

Module Code Module Title
PHOT-H1021 Photography and the Studio
PHOT-H2019 Professional Studio
PHOT-H2024 Photobook: Design & Narrative
ANIM-H1017 Life Drawing for Animation (Open Learners)

Department of Technology and Psychology

Module Code Module Title
PSYL-H1007 Cyberpsychology
CMT-H1001 Creative Media Technology - Building and Making
COMP-H1018 Creative Digital Media
COMP-H1019 Creative Computing Web Design

To register please follow the following steps:

1. Select your chosen module(s)
2. Decide if you want to take the module(s) for audit or credit
3. Download and complete the Booking Form (also available above)
4. Email the completed booking form to
5. Our Admissions Office will confirm if you have been allocated a place on each of your chosen modules.

*Open Learning places on modules are limited and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Applicants may enrol in up to four modules per semester.

Deadline for registration in Semester 1: 30/08/19

Deadline for registration in Semester 2: 13/12/19

If you need help with your registration or if you have queries about the modules available, please contact us by emailing or calling us on +353 1 2394621

Term 1: Week 1, 16 September, 2019 – Week 14, 10 January, 2020

Term 2: Week 1, 13 January, 2020 – Week 13, 01 May, 2020

Credit Only:

Attend a module and complete the assessment requirements for credit - €500 per module

Audit Only: 

Attend a module and do not complete assessments for credit - €350 per module

As part of the Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH initiative), there are a number of scholarships available to you to cover the cost of completing a Certificate in Open Learning.

These scholarships are funded by the Department of Education and Science PATH fund and are offered in collaboration with NCAD, IADT, TCD and MIE.

Students can apply to take individual modules (NCAD, IADT or UCD) or they can apply for a Certificate in Open Learning (6 modules) if applying to UCD.

Information about the application process will be available shortly.

  • 2-5pm - 21st August 2019
  • UCD ALL Centre 
    Located in: UCD James Joyce Library
    Address: Level 1 UCD James Joyce Library, Belfield, Dublin, D04 R7R0

Each participating college will have a stand and will discuss their Open Learning modules on offer. 

A great way to find out more and ask any questions you have.