Research Directions

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.


Between 2012 and 2018, the research directions prioritised within NCAD were: User-first Design, Contemporary Practices in Art and Design, Creative and Critical Pedagogies, Irish Design History & Material Culture, and Design Sustainability. As the College renews its wider strategic vision, we are also reviewing how we frame the excellence and breadth of research pursued across the College. This process, which commenced in Spring 2018, will be completed by early 2019 and will feed into and be informed by the College’s Strategic Plan.