Taught Masters

NCAD offers a number of taught masters degree programmes in Design, Fine Art, Visual Culture and Education. The entry requirements, application procedure and application deadlines for these programmes are set out below. Information on tuition fees can be found under the Fees section.

Educational Standard  - All Masters Programmes

1. An approved bachelor degree at a minimum level of 2nd Class Honours.
2. The College will consider applications from holders of diplomas in art or design (minimum level 2nd Class Honours or equivalent) in a field of study related to the proposed subject matter for a master's degree.
3. Applications on the basis of proven relevant work experience will be considered.

Those applying on the basis of 2 or 3 above may be required to pass a qualifying examination appropriate to each case, before being admitted to master's degree studies. Attendance at selected undergraduate lecture courses at NCAD, together with related written work, may be required.

Educational Standard - Professional Masters in Education 

Applicants for the Professional Masters in Education should hold a degree or equivalent in art and/or design recognised by the Registration Council for Secondary Teachers of the Department of Education and Science in Ireland.

Application Procedure all Masters Programmes

Graduates of NCAD do not need to submit item 5 below. Please send your application material to The Postgraduate Admissions Office, to arrive at the National College of Art and Design by the closing date.

1. Completed Application Form 

(NCAD Graduates: please use this Application Form to apply for MFA Design or MFA Fine Art)
 

2. A recent CV

3. Two references: Reference 1: Completed reference form from the head of the school/department in the college from which the applicant is graduating or has graduated. Reference 2: Completed reference form from the applicant's course tutor or present employer.

4. Certified transcripts of courses followed.

5. Certified copies of degree/ certificates and/or other appropriate third level qualifications bearing the official stamp of the institution.

Application for Studio based Programmes ( MFA Fine Art/ MFA Art in the Digital World / MFA Design  / MSc Medical Device Deisgn/ MA Interaction Design) 

In addition to items 1-5 above please submit the following:

6. A statement of interest framing your reasons for applying to the programme.  This statement of interest should set out an area of inquiry that you are committed to exploring,  you should make reference to contemporary practitioners and critical co-ordinates informing your thinking.   Where appropriate you should indicate a subject/discipline area that you believe can best advance your practice.   These 4 elements should be discussed in 500 words. Please submit 2 copies of this statement of interest with your application. 

7. Applications for studio based programmes must be supported by visual documentation or other documentation demonstrating your previous work.  The preferred form of submission is by a weblink to a folder on Google Drive or  Drop Box .  The folder should contain 10-15 images maximun.  Weblinks to Youtube or Vimeo should be submitted for viewing video clips, clips should be no longer than 10 minutes.  Submissions on USB stick  and PDF format are also acceptable. 
Clear titles, sizes, dates, media, dimensions and contextualisation of the imagery must accompany your submission . 

Application Procedure - MA Art in the Contemporary World and MA Design History and Material Culture

Please provide 1-5  as above and in addition please submit the following:

8. A  statement of interest framing your reasons for applying to the programme. This statement of interest should be between 300-500 words. Please submit 2 copies of this statement with your application.

9. Two copies of a sample of recent written work: for example an essay, a published article, or other relevant text etc.

10. Please remember to indicate clearly whether you wish to pursue full or part time study.

Application Procedure - Professional Masters in Education 

11. Please provide 1-5 as above. In addition the presentation of a portfolio of 10 pieces of recent work  will be required when you attend for interview. Applicants will be sent a brief for a drawing project that they must complete and bring with them to interview. Shortlisting for interview will apply.

Application Procedure - MA Socially Engaged Art, Further and Community Education

12. In addition to 1-5 above please also include a  statement of interest framing your reasons for applying to the programme. This statement of interest should set out an area of inquiry that you are committed to exploring,  you should make reference to contemporary practitioners and critical co-ordinates informing your thinking. This statement of interest should be between 300-500 words. Please submit 2 copies of this statement with your application.

13. In addition the presentation of a portfolio of 10 pieces of recent work will be required when you attend for interview. The MA SEA interviews are conducted in small  goups of 3-4 applicants who will be asked to discuss their interests and intentions with regard to socially engaged art practice. 

Application Forms:

The Postgraduate Application  form is available on request from the Admissions Office or to download here

Applicants for the Professional Masters in Education should use this form Professional Masters in Education Application Form

 

 

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 admissions@ncad.ie

Programme Academic Year  Application Closing Date Interview Dates
MFA Design / MSc Medical Device Design 2017/18 2nd June 2017 TBC

MA Interaction Design

2017/18

Accepting Applications

(TBC)

TBC
MFA  Fine Art  2017/18 Accepting Applications (TBC) TBC
MFA Art in the Digital World 2017/18 Accepting Applications 
(TBC)
 
MA in Socially Engaged Art, Further and Community Education   2017/18 Accepting Applications
(TBC)
TBC

Professional Master of  Education (Art & Design) 

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

 

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   napierp@staff.ncad.ie.

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: April 30th 2017

You may also contact the programme directors:

Declan Long, longd@staff.ncad.ie / Francis Halsall, halsallf@staff.ncad.ie (Art in the Contemporary World)

Anna Moran, morana@staff.ncad.ie (MA Design History & Material Culture)

Other enquiries: admissions@ncad.ie