Postgraduate Scholarships

Following the successes of the two Masters programs offered by the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, 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.

To be eligible for consideration for one of the Visual Culture MA tuition Scholarship awards applicants should apply for admission to the programme in the normal way. In addition you should submit a one page covering letter outlining your academic achievements and the reason why you should be considered for the scholarship award. Please refer to Postgraduate Admissions  for application procedures.

Both MA programmes are offered on a full-time or part-time basis over one or two years respectively. Click here for information on application guidelines, fees and funding. Application/admissions queries to

Deadline for 2020 applications: to be announced.

MA Art in the Contemporary World (ACW)

MA ACW is an intensive Masters programme focusing on contemporary art practices and their critical, theoretical, historical and social contexts. We welcome graduates from a variety of backgrounds, including: fine art; art history; philosophy; literature; film studies; architecture; communications; or design. Click here for more information on the course.  

MA Design History and Material Culture 

A challenging Masters programme which provides a platform for analysing the material world in its historic and contemporary contexts. The MA is a taught programme about objects: things you might sit on, drink from or wear; things you might cherish, throw away or never notice; things for special occasions and things you use everyday; things made by machine, things made by hand and things never made; spaces you might visit, inhabit or travel through; ideas about things, things about ideas. This course will change how you think about objects, how they are conceived, designed (or not), produced, interacted with, collected or disposed of. Through seminars and guided research, students are equipped with skills enabling them to conduct research, analyse and write about the material world in its various contexts. Click here for more information on the course. 

For more information on these opportunities and the courses in general contact the programme directors:

MA Art in the Contemporary World

Declan Long & Francis Halsall 


MA Design History and Material Culture

Lisa Godson & Paul Caffrey