NCAD Graduate Exhibition 2018

Students graduating from the National College of Art & Design this year will exhibit their work at the College’s annual Graduate Exhibition, which runs from Saturday, 9th June until Sunday, 17th June


The NCAD Graduate Exhibition 2018 features the work of graduates from across NCAD’s four Schools of Fine Art, Design, Education and Visual Culture, together with postgraduates from the MFA in Fine Art, MFA in Digital Art and MFA Design programmes. In addition, a selection of work in progress is on display by postgraduates in the MA Interaction Design and MSc Medical Device Design.

The exhibition presents an opportunity for the leading artists, designers and educators of the future to showcase their creative abilities as they launch their professional careers. It’s also an opportunity for potential collectors, employers and innovators to spot the latest talent, and for curious members of the public to see the newest trends in design and art.

Exhibition Locations:

NCAD Thomas Street Campus, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8:
Communication Design; Fashion Design; Jewellery & Objects; Textile & Surface Design; Product Design; MA Interaction Design; MSc Medical Device Design; MFA Design; Applied Materials; Media; Painting; Print; Sculpture & Expanded Practice. The BA Joint Honours in Fine Art or Design & Education students will be exhibiting alongside their studio classmates.

The Annex, 101-103 James’ Street, Dublin 8: MFA in Digital Art; MFA in Fine Art

Exhibition Opening Times:
Open to the Public: Sat, 9th – Sun, 17th June 2018
Weekdays: 10.00am – 8.00pm
Weekends: 12.00pm – 5.00pm


As part of this year’s Graduate Exhibition, NCAD is presenting a series of free events that will give an opportunity for visitors of all ages to find out more about the wide range of work that goes on in NCAD during the year. The programme include talks, events and workshops, all led by NCAD staff and students, culminating in the Welcome Day on Sat 16th June. All events listed below are free and open to the public.

A roundtable discussion on NCAD’s Graduate Exhibition 2018
Wed 13 June, 5.45pm – 7.15pm

NCAD’s Graduate Exhibition 2018 offers more opportunities to see new ideas about art and design than any other exhibition in Ireland. But what do the exhibits tell us about emerging trends? What are the obsessions and interests of a new generation of artists and designers? And what impact will they have on the world?
Students on the Visual Culture BA programme have invited critics and commentators to respond to the works on display in the Graduate Exhibition 2018. In an open roundtable discussion, Kerry Guinan, Deborah Madden and Eoghan McIntyre will share their thoughts on the works on display and what they tell us about the world in which we live.
No need to book. Refreshments will be served.
Room 203, Second Floor Harry Clarke House. The route will be signposted from the entrance on Thomas Street.

Study at NCAD: Guided Tours
Interested in studying at NCAD? Come along to one of the tours led by students in the Schools of Fine Art, Design and Education. Students will share their experiences of studying at NCAD, while bringing visitors on a tour of the highlights from the exhibitions in their area.

Study at NCAD: Focus on Joint Education and Fine Art & Design
Sun 10 June, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Meet in Grey Square, to the left of the entrance to the Thomas St Campus

Study at NCAD: Focus on Fine Art (Undergraduate)
Mon 11 June, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Meet in Grey Square, to the left of the entrance to the Thomas St Campus

Study at NCAD: Focus on Design (Undergraduate)
Tue 12 June, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Meet in Foyer, Design for Industry Building, Thomas St Campus

Study at NCAD: Focus on Fine Art (Postgraduate)
Thur 14 June, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Meet in Foyer, Annex Building, 101-103 James’ St.

Study at NCAD: Focus on Design (Postgraduate)
Fri 15 June, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Meet in Foyer, Design for Industry Building

Wednesday, 13th June

Interested in pursuing postgraduate study at NCAD? Come to our Postgraduate Event to find out about our existing courses and hear about the new courses launching in 2019. There will be an opportunity to meet course leaders and speak with current students about their experiences.

School of Design
Design for Industry Building, Ground Floor
2.00 – 2.45pm

Welcome and brief introduction to the range of Design postgraduate courses at NCAD by Prof. Alex Milton, Head of the School of Design

Courses 2018-19
MA Interaction Design
MSc Medical Device Design

New Courses 2019-2020:
MA Product Design
MA Design for Body & Environment
MA Communication Design
MA Service Design

School of Education
Design for Industry Building, Second Floor
3.00 – 3.30pm

Welcome and introduction to the Professional Master of Education, Art & Design, by Course coordinator Fiona King

School of Visual Culture
Harry Clarke House, Second Floor, Room 203
3.00pm – 3.30pm

Drop in clinic. Meet course leaders on MA Art in the Contemporary World and the MA Design History and Visual Culture and look at student work.

School of Fine Art
The Annex, 101-103 James’ St
5.00 – 5.30pm

Gather at the NCAD Fine Art postgraduate hub to hear course leaders introduce the MFA in Digital Art and MFA in Fine Art programmes, and listen to students recount their experiences.

Sat 16 June, 12.00pm – 5.00pm

NCAD Thomas Street Campus, 100 Thomas St, Dublin 8


A range of free, drop-in art and craft workshops for children will be on offer in the Design for Industry Building. The workshops will cater for different age groups and parents can join in too.

‘My Family are Robots’: Drawing Workshop
2-5 year olds
Imagine that your family members are robots in this fun, family friendly drawing workshop
12.00pm – 2.00pm
Room 210, Second Floor, Design for Industry Building

‘Bee-ware’: Ceramics Workshop
6+ year olds
Appreciate the wonder and value of bees to the environment through the creation of bumble bee ceramic tiles
12.00pm – 2.00pm
Room 211, Second Floor, Design for Industry Building

‘My Alternative Self’: Experimental Drawing Workshop
12+ year olds
Explore the figure and face through alternative drawing methods
2.00pm – 4.00pm
Room 207, Second Floor, Design for Industry Building


For those wanting to find out more about the latest developments in the fields of Fine Art and Design, our Heads of School will lead informal and informative tours through the exhibitions.

Fine Art Now
12.00pm – 1.00pm
Led by the Head of the School of Fine Art, Prof. Philip Napier.
Meet in Grey Square, to the left of the entrance to the Thomas St Campus

Design Now
2.00pm – 3.00pm
Led by the Head of the School of Design, Prof. Alex Milton.
Meet in Foyer, Design for Industry Building

All Events are Free and Open to the Public

Join the Event here