Postgraduate programmes in Design, Fine Art, Education and Visual Culture.

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Taught Masters in Design

* Please note: This Programme is being phased out and replaced by four new MA Design options that will run from September 2019. 
A one-year taught masters in Medical Device Design in conjuction with science and engineering at UCD and TCD.
A one-year taught masters delivered at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in conjunction with University College Dublin (UCD).

Taught Masters in Education

A two-year taught Masters in Socially Engaged Art + Further Education with a qualification to teach in the Further Education sector (next intake September 2019).
A 2 year Professional Master in Education with a qualification to teach art and design at postprimary level. Replaces the Professional Diploma in Art & Design Education.

Taught Masters in Fine Art

A two-year taught studio programme with pathways in Fine Print, Media, Painting and Sculpture, Ceramics / Glass, and Textile Art & Artefact 
A two-year taught studio programme designed to enable working artists to utilise a range of digital technologies.

Taught Masters in Visual Culture 

A taught masters programme that examines contemporary art practices and their critical, theoretical, historical and social contexts. Open to graduates from varied backgrounds.
A two-year theory/practice taught masters. Students who complete AD441 have the option to undertake a second practice-based year with options in fine art, curating, criticism or related practices. 
A  taught masters prorgamme that provides a dynamic platform for the study of the material world in its historic and contemporary contexts.Open to graduates from varied backgrounds.

Doctoral Programmes - AD567

PhD Design
PhD Education  
PhD Fine Art 
PhD Visual Culture 

All students follow a Structured Programme which supports their study and research in one of the pathways listed above.

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NCAD MFA Fine Art Studio Award 2018

NCAD's School of Fine Art is delighted to announce for the third consecutive year a nine-month Studio Award to an experienced contemporary artist. The successful recipient will be based at NCAD's postgraduate facility, the Annex on James Street, Dublin 8 from September 2018-May 2019. Applications are welcome from artists across a range of contemporary art practice including painting, moving image, print, media, digital art, sculpture and expanded practices. The award consists primarily of the use of a studio and facilities at NCAD with some opportunities to contribute to the MFA Fine Art programme and the postgraduate community at NCAD.

For further information contact Sarah Durcan, MFA Fine Art programme leader:

Application deadline: 5pm Friday 20 April 2018


E-mail the following items to: Hazel Crowley, MFA administrator  titling your e-mail as Studio Award 2018.

Application material should be sent as attachments not in the body of an email.

1. Your CV

2. Up to ten images of recent work with an accompanying list indicating title, date and media. Video clips up to 10 minutes duration can also be submitted links to video clips should be sent as separate attachments not inside email.

3. A one page artist’s statement

4. A one page expression of interest indicating why your practice in particular is relevant to the Studio Award context of the postgraduate MFA Fine Art  programme and studios


This award is aimed at experienced contemporary artists with a track record of exhibiting both in Ireland and abroad. A postgraduate qualification in Fine Art is desirable. As the award is for a studio only, applicants will need to have their own accommodation.


The scholarship is offered through the School of Fine Art at NCAD and represents an opportunity for the recipient artists to work with the National Forensic Medical Hospital (NFMH) in a period that covers the hospital’s relocation from its current location in Dundrum to its future new build facility at Portrane in North Dublin. This is the third (of three) Masters scholarships to be awarded – each of two years duration.

The scholarship is undertaken through the structure of the MFA Fine Art and the MFA Digital Art Masters programmes at NCAD.

It is expected that the project work and art outcomes developed in relation to the context of the NFMH will be pursued through the various module requirements expected of the MFA programmes.  A group of postgraduate peers will develop a variety of self-generated practice proposals meaning significant on-campus delivery all day Monday through the year with further requirements on some other days. it is expected that substantial practice-based time will be spent pursuing dimensions related to the NFMH.

This practice-based art scholarship is conceived as comprising several elements. The project requires developing an engaged process potentially with residents, staff, location, function and transition as a means of developing artworks, to be placed and integrated into the hospital / residential environment.

For the funder, this engagement with process is a means of supporting a sophisticated art engagement where artworks emerge from a process.  This is envisaged to include proposals, negotiated and evolved, to fully-fledged finished artworks, permanently installed. There is the scope and desire to include elements of process, sketch, development and test in this framing.

For the student, it is envisaged that evidence of the process and the art works evolved become permanently part of the hospital environment and part of the HSE collection, whilst acknowledging the authorship of the student. This is a means of developing a suite of skills and experience that are particular and transferable.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of a materials budget and the translation of art material and forms, attention should be paid to digital, lens-based and other forms of reproduction, in order to maximize visibility, as work meets its new environment.  This should be understood as a negotiated process with key staff.

In addition to a materials budget there is also funding available to facilitate transport to the hospital.

It is expected that work in relation to the environments will be enhanced by other engagements by the art school.


Scholarship applicants should outline their interests and capacities in a letter (approx. 400 words) and submit this via NCAD’s online application system together with supporting documentation for the MFA Fine Art/MFA Digital Art programmes.  

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to work with others as a component of some of their art outputs and process

Scholarship application deadline: 8 August at 5pm

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