PhD in Fine Art

Pursuing a PhD through fine art practice requires the production of a major body of work within a critically reflective frame of enquiry shaped by the student.

Successful PhD projects in the School of Fine Art typically involve the integration of art production and theory.

PhD researchers are expected to extend and develop a particular area of art practice through practical work, exhibition and discursive production.

Recent and current PhD research topics within the Fine Art School include:

  • ·Practice based project on exploration of co-existence of ephemerality, alchemy, queer aesthetics, and documentation

  • Cultivating permaCultural resilience - towards a Creative Placemaking praxis

  • An investigation of the crime scene photograph encompassing history, criticality, and practice, from forensic science to its manifestation in art photography

  • The Ecological Turn: Living Well with Forests To Articulate Eco-Social Art Practices Using a Guattari Ecosophy and Action Research Framework 

  • Coolorta - revisiting the landscape via lens-based art practice

  • Does it fail if it is only art? The significance of using live performance art to make visible subjective experiences of women parenting alone within the conditions of neoliberal biopower governance in Ireland

  • Bochner's Intermittent Objects: Aesthetics, Embodiment and Affect in Conceptual Art

  • Conflict and Conviviality: Creating Politically Engaged Art situations in Contemporary Ireland

  • Grasping the Untouchable: Establishing New Realities at the Virtual-Actual Interface

  • Loss and return: exploring collective memory in an Irish family archive 1950-1966 through installation art practice

Applications to pursue PhD work across many more areas of enquiry are welcomed.

Support for doctoral students

The PhD programme at NCAD involves significant interdisciplinary and discipline specific input in the early stages of the research project, and active engagement with a community of researchers within and beyond NCAD.

The NCAD’s training, supervision and support processes for PhD candidates include:

  • Access to international PhD networks and exchange programmes

  • Supervised access to internal and, where appropriate, external experts in the relevant field

  • Opportunities to take taught postgraduate modules which serve your research needs

  • Support to participate in national PhD conferences in art and design

  • Public symposia and conferences in PhD research areas

  • Cross-institutional collaboration involving multidisciplinary research teams

  • Training in appropriate research methods.

The final submission for a doctoral award in Fine Art will normally entail a combined submission of:

  1. A body of practical work

  2. A written text of 20,000 to 40,000 words.

Applicants for a PhD through Practice in Fine Art are encouraged to identify members of college staff they would wish to work with as supervisor(s) to offer guidance in developing their research proposal. Details of staff research profiles can be found here (scroll down to ‘Fine Art’)