15 Aug 2022

Waterford Institute of Technology accepting Arts degree applications through CAO 'Available Places' scheme

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has added its Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree course to the CAO’s Available Places list, opening it up to people interested in starting college this September.

It is one of three courses Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has added to the CAO’s Available Places list for September 2018 entry.

At WIT the level 8 Arts degree caters for a variety of areas of interest. Creative-minded students may opt to pursue English or Theatre Studies, while those interested in developing their language skills and working in Europe have a range of beginners and post Leaving Cert level languages to choose from. Sociology offers students the opportunity to study the world around them and formulate a hypothesis about society and investigate it rigorously.

Dr Derek O’Byrne, Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs at WIT, says that Arts graduates are desirable employees in many professions due to their strong skills in communication and problem solving. “The nature of a liberal Arts education is that it prepares graduates for many work situations. In the past Arts graduates have gone on to teaching, journalism, consultancy, many different forms of professional practice, translation and politics. However, as Ireland’s knowledge economy develops the critical thinking skills that Arts students graduate with is of use to industry.

“At the core of the Arts degree are modules that encourage the development of students’ writing, presentation and thinking skills, as well as—in the later years—research skills. The flexibility and creativity graduates who have undertaken is highly valuable to employers. Graduates often specialise through postgraduate study or research,” he added.

Students choose one of seven majors and from a wide selection of minor subjects, gaining an honours degree in three years.

Based on WIT’s Cork Road Campus, WIT Arts students choose one of the following as a major: English, French, Sociology, Spanish (beginners), Religious Studies, Irish or Theatre Studies. They then have a choice of minor subjects (two for first year, and one for second and third year). These are English or Spanish (beginners); Religious Studies or Law or French or Italian (beginners); Sociology or Irish or German or German (beginners); Psychology or Economics or Theatre Studies.

“A late change of heart on what course they want to do or where they want to study can result in people turning to the opportunities offered by Available Places,” explains Dr O’Byrne.

Dr O’Byrne’s advice to interested applicants is to read carefully through the course description to ensure it’s a course they will be happy to study and an area they want to work in.

Prospective students can find out more about applying for the Internet of Things, Arts and Tourism courses online. Students who have accepted an offer to WIT can find out all about what to expect as first year students online

Adult learners who are interested in upskilling or personal development this September are invited to WIT's Part-time and Springboard Open Evening on Wednesday 22 August from 5pm-7pm. More information is available here

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