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

Fine Art learning conditions support the integration of art production and theory. Recent and current PhD research topics within the Fine Art School include:

  • Perceptions of agency, childhood and play
  • Interrogations of power and value in contemporary art
  • 3D sound spatialisation through virtual and physical environments
  • Stories of immigration
  • Sculptural articulations in the wake of the demise of modernist urban utopianism
  • Photography and place
  • Painting and the uncanny
  • Emergent computer practices in gaming design.

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

The PhD programme at NCAD is a structured programme involving 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:

  • Regular, dynamic student-led interdisciplinary PhD research seminars
  • Access to international PhD networks and exchange programmes
  • Supervised access to internal and external experts in the relevant field
  • Annual 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.