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


Taught Masters in Design

* Please note: This Programme is being phased out and replaced by four new MA Design options. (MA Product Design, MA Communication Design, MA Service Design and MA Design for Body and Environment.) *subject to validation
A one-year taught masters in Product Design**
A one-year taught masters in Communication Design**
A one-year taught masters in Service Design**
A one-year taught masters in Design for Body and Environment**
**subject to final validation March 2018
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.

The PhD Journey in NCAD

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.

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

Following the success of the two Master’s programmes offered by the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design a scholarship worth full tuition fees will be awarded to a student on the MA Art in the Contemporary World and the MA Design History and Material Culture. The scholarships 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 School of Visual Culture at NCAD, click here.

Deadline for scholarship applications: 30th April, 2018

You may also contact the programme directors:

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

Lisa Godson, (MA Design History & Material Culture)

Other enquiries: