The Application Process

Step 1 – Apply Online

When you complete your application, you will receive an acknowledgement email with login details, username and password, for your new account on our college applications system (MIT). Please ensure you receive this email as it sometimes goes into spam/junk folders.

You will need to log into the college applications system (MIT) regularly to manage your application to CDCFE. Please note that your login details must be kept, by you, in a safe and secure place as they will be needed to access your account each time.


Step 2 – Interview and offer of place

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to hold interviews this year and will be offering provisional places* on a first come, first served basis. Within 10 working days from the date of your application, you will receive your provisional offer letter to your MIT account, which you will need to login to, in order to access your letter. We will send you a text and email when your offer letter has been uploaded to your account.

*This offer is provisional and is subject to places being available and any specific course requirements being met, such as an audition, sample artwork, specific Leaving Cert. Results, relevant experience etc. Refer to the course entry requirement for the course you are applying for on the course page here.

Applicants to courses that have additional requirements will be contacted directly about how to fulfil the additional requirements e.g., Uploading sample artwork, auditions etc.

Uploading of Sample Artwork for all courses in the Art & Design Department – How To

  • Login to your MIT account 
  • Select the Documents TAB 
  • Click on the “+” button and upload your 4 pieces of work. For specifications please check individual course pages. Please name each file with a suitable file name if possible. E.G. Sample piece 1 etc. 


Step-3 – Pay a non-refundable deposit online to secure your place.

Once you have received your offer letter, you will need to pay a non-refundable €50 deposit in order to hold your place. Please go to the college website and click on the Pay Fees button (or you may login to your account in the usual way). This will take you to the login page of the college applications system. Please ensure you login to the Academic year 2022/23. Once you are logged in, select the Payments tab to see the breakdown of course fees. Select Part Payment and pay your €50 deposit. Failure to pay your deposit by the given deadline may result in your application being cancelled and the loss of your place. You will be contacted early in the summer regarding the payment of the balance of course charges. See individual course website page for the course fees. Click here to login to your account and pay your deposit.

If you are a mature student i.e. over 21 and in receipt of Social Welfare for over 6 months, you may be eligible for VTOS. This means that you can keep your social welfare payments and have no course charges. For further information please contact as soon as possible. 


Step 4 – Pay balance of course charges* and complete registration 

We will contact you during the summer with details on how to complete your registration and pay the balance of course charges. You will be required to upload a passport style photo and your Academic certification, Leaving Certificate results etc., to your application account.
Please do not upload passport photo as a document. Please go to the upload photo section of your account.

*Possible fee exemption 

You may be exempt from paying the QQI Exam Fees if you satisfy one of the following criteria: 

  • You hold a full medical card in your own right 
  • You are the dependent child of a full medical card holder 

You will be asked to upload documentation to prove you have this exemption, otherwise you will be required to pay these elements of your fee and then seek a refund at a later date. 

Uploading Documentation to your account – “How To

For Example:

  • Medical Card
  • Leaving Cert Results
  • Click on the “+” button and upload a photo/scan of the document. If possible please name the file e.g. Medical Card with your initials.

International Applicants

In order to meet the nationality criteria which entitles students to EU funded tuition fees you must meet one of the following residency requirements:

  1. Be an EU citizen/be ordinarily resident in an EU member state or a state which is a contracting state to the EEA Agreement or the Swiss Confederation.
  2. Have official refugee status.
  3. Have been granted humanitarian leave to remain in the state and have been ordinarily resident in the EU for three of the last five years immediately before admission.

All other applications are considered to be non-EU applications. Non-EU students must comply with Irish Immigration requirements. A visa from the Immigration Section of the Department of Justice and Equality must be secured prior to commencing course. Non-EU students will be required to pay a tuition fee determined by the Department of Education & Skills.

English Language

All courses are delivered through English. Learners are advised that to benefit from their chosen course they should be proficient in written and spoken English. Learners may be required to do an English Language proficiency assessment as part of the interview process.

Mature Students

The number of mature students attending Further Education courses in Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE is increasing each year and at present constitutes a significant proportion of our total numbers. Mature students are very welcome and Learner Supports will pay particular attention to their learning needs.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Our GDPR is covered in the CDETB Privacy Notice for Students which can be viewed here.

Admissions & Online Payment Policies

Our Admissions Policy can be viewed here.

Online Payment Policy can be found here.