Postgraduate Scholarships

NCAD are offering a number of MA scholarships and PhD studentships to incoming students for 2019/20. These scholarships will recognise excellence, outstanding achievement and potential in Art, Design and Visual Culture. The scholarships, worth full tuition fees (exception MFA Fine Art, see details below), are awarded on academic merit and all applicants are eligible, including EU and non EU students.

To be eligible for a MA scholarship, applicants should submit their application by the priority deadline, 30th April. All applications submitted by 30th April will be considered for a scholarship.

MA programmes offering scholarships:


MA Communication Design* - AD432 - New 2019

MA Design for Body and Environment*- AD433 - New 2019

MA Product Design* - AD430 - New 2019

*One scholarship will be awarded to a candidate demonstrating outstanding academic achievement and potential in Communication Design / Design for Body and Environment / Product Design.

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MA Service Design - AD431 - New 2019

MSc Medical Device Design - AD460

MA Interaction Design - AD439

Fine Art

MFA Fine Art  - AD426

The scholarship for MFA Fine Art is worth E1,000 and will be awarded as a E1,000 deduction from the course fee. This fee reduction is available to all NCAD progressing students and alumni. Click here for more information on fees.

Visual Culture

MA Art in the Contemporary World - AD441

MA Design History and Material Culture - AD456

PhD Studentships

NCAD is also offering a number of PhD Studentships, these awards will cover full tuition fees for completion of a programme of research leading to the award of a PhD.

The College is particularly interested in applicants whose proposed research meets the major themes of research already active in the College:

  • Design Learning
  • Visual Culture - NCAD Internationale Project , Performance in Ireland since the 1990s
  • Art & Public
  • Art Design & Health
  • Critical Pedagogies


To be eligible for consideration for one of the Scholarship awards applicants should apply for admission to the programme in the normal way. Please refer to Postgraduate Admissions for application procedures.

Priority deadline on applications to all postgraduate programmes for 2019 - 20: 30th April. All applicants are encouraged to submit their application by 30th April. Only applications received by 30th April will be considered for an MA  scholarship award. (The 30th April deadline does not apply to PhD Studentship awards.) 

After 30th April, NCAD will operate a rolling closing date for postgraduate applications. Applications will be reviewed on receipt, and offers will be sent also on a rolling basis. Applications will continue to be accepted until a programme is full. Applications will remain open only if a programme has open places remaining, so please plan to submit your application as soon as possible.

Please contact the Admissions Office for further information



More information:
Fiona Cleary
Assistant Student Recruitment and Admissions Officer / +353 1 636 4218