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


Taught Masters in Design

A two-year taught studio programme with pathways in Product Design, Communication Design, Design for Body & Environment and Applied Design Materiality.
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 Further, Adult and Community Education with a qualification to teach in the Further Education sector (next intake September 2017).
A 2 year professional masters 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


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

The PhD Journey in NCAD


NCAD operates a rolling closing date for postgraduate applications. The dates published here are the next closing dates after which offers will be made to successful applicants. Applications will continue to be accepted after these closing dates until a programme is full.  Please contact the Admissions Office for further information:

Programme Academic Year Application Closing Date Interview Dates
MFA Fine Art  2017/18

Accepting Applications

MFA Art in the Digital World 2017/18 Accepting Applications

MA Interaction Design


Accepting Applications


MFA Design

2017/18 2nd June 2017 TBC

MSc Medical Device Design

2017/18 2nd June 2017  
MA Design History & Material Culture /  MA Art in the Contemporary World  2017/18 16th June 2017 TBC

Professional Masters  in  Education (Art & Design) 

2017/18 2nd June 2017 TBC

MA in Socially Engaged Art 

2017/18 Accepting Applications
Please note that while there are no specific closing dates for PhD applications there are two registration dates (September and January). You are advised to submit your application in plenty of time to ensure it is processed well ahead of upcoming registration dates.

MFA Fine Art & MFA Digital Art (formally Art in the Digital World)

We are delighted to be offering three full-time scholarships students studying on the MFA Fine Art or MFA Digital Art). These scholarships will support art research and practice carried out at the National Forensic Medical Hospital at Dundrum and in its transition to a new facility at Portrane in the Dublin Area. It is required that the awarded candidates will spend time between these locations and NCAD in the development of their practice.You can find more information on the scholarship HERE

Those applying should outline their interests and capacities in an attached letter of 400 words on the MFA application form. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is 5pm on Monday 17th July.

For further information please contact Professor Philip Napier,
Head of School of Fine Art

MA Art in the Contemporary World & MA Design History & Material Culture

Following the success of the two Master’s programmes offered by the faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design a scholarship worth full tuition fees will be awarded to a student in either the MA Art in the Contemporary World or the MA Design History and Material Culture. The scholarship will be awarded on academic merit and all applicants are eligible, including EU and non-EU students.

For more information (including application procedures) on these opportunities and the research environment in the Faculty of Visual Culture at NCAD, click here.

Deadline for scholarship applications: June 16th, 2017

You may also contact the programme directors:

Declan Long, / Francis Halsall, (Art in the Contemporary World)

Anna Moran, (MA Design History & Material Culture)

Other enquiries: