Higher and professional arts training provision in Ireland is spread across the third level system. The National College of Art and Design as well as a network of art colleges in the major centres of population provide for training in the visual arts and design. Trinity College Dublin has established an Academy for the Dramatic Arts in association with the UK Royal Academy for the Dramatic Arts. Music education is provided by the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Music Conservatory in Dublin Institute of Technology as well as a number of Institutes of Technology. A number of tertiary education bodies, notably the Dublin Institute of Technology, the Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire and Cork and Tralee Institutes of Technology have developed a range of music technology, arts and multimedia programmes and courses, which generally attract much student interest.
A new higher education framework has been introduced in line with the Bologna process under the aegis of the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland. This incorporates an output-based approach to learning and is underpinned by a commitment to maximising access, transfer and progression. An international review of third level arts provision under the aegis of the Higher Education Authority was completed in 2012. All third level colleges are subject to the performance indicators being developed by the Higher Education Authority.