Artists, designers, theorists, critics, historians, educators and other cultural workers pursue postgraduate studies at NCAD, attracted by a dynamic environment attuned to the latest developments in art, design, education, visual culture, criticism and theory.

Professional and graduate diplomas, taught and research masters, and theory and practice-based PhDs are completed in NCAD. Postgraduate study at NCAD offers the opportunity to develop your practice through enhancing your skills and through critical engagement with others. Postgraduate students access methods, ideas, critical processes and approaches, share with peers, and interact with world-class practitioners.


A full-time academic staff of 64 lecturers and tutors supplemented by specialist visiting and part-time lecturers, and Postdoctoral, Research and Fulbright Scholars supports a rich learning and research environment, and supplies the critical, disciplinary and technical expertise to support our postgraduate students in practicing at and advancing the forefront of their particular discipline.

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School of Design

School of Design

The School of Design offers Masters and PhD programmes in Medical Device Design, Interaction Design, Fashion Design, Product Design, Communication Design, Textile & Surface Design and Jewellery & Metalwork.

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School of Education

The School of Education offers Masters and PhD programmes in Art & Design Education, Socially Engaged Art and MLitt Education.

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School of Fine Art

The School of Fine Art offers Masters and PhD programmes in Fine Print, Media, Painting and Sculpture.

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School of Visual Culture

The School of Visual Culture offers Masters and PhD Programmes in a broad range of subject areas including art, architectural and design history, art theory and criticism, critical theory and aesthetics.

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