MFA Art in the Digital World

The MFA Art in the Digital World is a taught programme for students who wish to explore how contemporary art practice responds to the digital world and gather the skills needed to harness the creative possibilities provided by new technologies.


MFA Art in the Digital World FAQ

MFA Art in the Digital World FAQ for NCAD graduates

This programme is part-funded by the National Development Plan under the Graduate Skills Conversion Programme.

The MFA Art in the Digital World aims to provide a culture of enquiry, innovation and imaginative thinking in relation to the digital world. As technology develops, new forms of expression become possible and cultural consumption has become a topic for debate and challenge. At this time of great technological convergence, students are encouraged to work across media barriers in order to develop new methods and strategies to engage audiences.

While on the course each student develops their own research agenda and cultivates personal research interests through a Major Research Project. This self-set project examines themes and questions and engages particular personal interests in aspects of digital culture

This course is open to graduates from creative backgrounds seeking the opportunity to recast their existing practice in light of, and in response to, the possibilities provided by new technologies. Former students on the course have included painters, architects, filmmakers, computer scientists, photographers, theologians and musicians. This makes for a dynamic peer-to-peer experience and knowledge sharing.

For insight into the activities of current students and alumni see:

Art in the Digital World is part of the Media Department within the School of Fine Art. The newest department in the NCAD, its staff has a diverse range of backgrounds that reflects the nature of media. They work on projects outside the college, showing both nationally and internationally.

Students will also acquire a range of technical skills while developing their research practice. Areas of study include digital production and postproduction skills, creative content development, critical studies in contemporary art and digital culture, physical computing. This sits alongside regular individual tutorials that look at each students practice.

The programme takes place over four semesters of 15 weeks running over 2 academic years. Tuesday is a key day when students attend workshops and seminars. Other optional activities happen throughout the week.

Key elements of the programme are:
● Regular scheduled individual supervision
● A series of classes and workshops in relevant digital processes, applications and techniques
● Weekly research seminar
● A series of studio ‘crits’
● An introductory course on research methodologies
● A visiting lecturer series
● A set of international study trips

The programme also offers the opportunity for a period of study abroad through Erasmus Exchange (normally in the first part of year 2), as well as time on artist’s placement with an appropriate organisation in Ireland (normally in the second-half of year 1).   These opportunities for specialised study are discussed with the teaching staff in the Media Department.


For further information please contact Leah Hilliard.