Creative Arts Performance Points

Creative Arts Performance Points

NUI Galway, Ireland's leading university for the creative arts, is now offering special performance points for students who show exceptional artistic promise and achievement under five areas of excellence:

  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Arts and Media
  • Drama and Theatre
  • Film
  • Non-fiction writing, including Journalism

Successful applicants will gain a bonus of 40 points when applying for entry to all NUI Galway undergraduate courses (with the exception of GY501, Medicine) and will also be appointed a mentor associated with the above arts, to ensure that future artists can fully develop their potential, while enjoying all NUI Galway has to offer. 

How to apply

Applicants must receive a minimum of 350 CAO points from a single sitting of the Leaving Certificate in six subjects, and must achieve all minimum entry and course-specific requirements. There is no upper age limit.

To apply for this scheme, you must (A) complete this application form and submit online and (B) post a sample of your work and a reference to the address below. 

Applications will be accepted until 1 May each year, with interviews following before the end of June. Interviews may be conducted online for applicants living outside Ireland.


Application Form


When you have completed and submitted this application, you should send: 

  1. A sample of your work (short story, video of performance, etc) 
  2. A reference from a teacher or other mentor outlining your suitability for this Scheme

Material should be sent to arrive no later than 1 May 2016 to: 

Creative Arts Performance Points Scheme 

NUI Galway 




Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Read more in the Creative Arts Performance Points 2015‌ brochure.



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