Research and Innovation OLD

Art and design have a crucial contribution to make to the cultural and intellectual enrichment of Ireland, and to Ireland’s capacity to create a sustainable knowledge based economy and society.

The research in, through and about art and design at NCAD is oriented towards the real worlds of art and design practice – focused upon disciplinary excellence, relevance to contemporary art and design contexts, engagement with industry and diverse communities, and upon informing art, design and education policy.

In Situ:NCAD Research & Public Engagement 2013: NCAD publication outlining the variety of research activity and engagement at NCAD in 2013. To view please click here.

Reflecting this commitment and unique areas of expertise and research competence within the College, a number of key research priorities were identified (2012-2016):

Research Priorities 2012-2016

Research Priorities 2012-2016

User-first Design; Contemporary Practices in Art and Design; Creative & Critical Pedagogies; Irish Design History & Material Culture; Design Sustainability.

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NCAD's Research Institute captures and makes visible the research identity of NCAD, incorporating: scholarly research (including practice-based), innovation/incubation, art & design consultancy, external academic relations.

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Origin8 is a design innovation and commercialisation gateway at the National College of Art and Design. Origin8 functions as a portal for business clients to collaborate with our leading designers through knowledge transfer. It operates as a conduit between academia and industry.

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