MA in Design History and Material Culture

The MA in Design History and Material Culture (MA DHMC) attracts students from a range of areas including art/design practice, architecture, art history, history, archaeology, sociology and economics. Graduates have gone on to pursue doctoral research, while others have secured positions in the field in the areas of lecturing, curatorship and museum education.

A key rationale of the MA DHMC is to bring scholarly attention to the study of design and material culture in Ireland from c.1700 to the present day. This programme is unique nationally in addressing this subject area – history of design and material culture – and it is unique internationally in addressing a specifically Irish context. We consider object and material culture very broadly so they might be objects used in daily life, architecture, publications, sites, locations, landscapes, mass produced or handmade, old or new, little known or very familiar – anything which can be considered materially.  Of particular interest are the relationships which exist between people and objects, the practices which surround how they are designed (or not), produced, interacted with, collected or disposed of.

The documents linked below are for general information only and may be subject to change.

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MA DHMC Programme Specification Form

*Modules:

Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Period
Research Methods (10 credits) Design and Material Cultures II (5 credits) Major Research Deliverable (30 credits)
Identities (5 credits) Design, Technology and Society (10 credits)  
Design, Style and Industry(5 credits) Material Modernities (10 credits)  
Design and Material Cultures (5 credits) Design and Discourse (5 credits)  
The Meaning of Things: Interpreting objects and spaces (5 credits)    

*Please note that the above modular table shows the modular structure for the full-time programme of study.  The part-time module information is the same as above, however, the structure differs and is divided between two academic years with the major research deliverable undertaken in the final summer period.