Alumni Stories

News and updates from the NCAD graduate network.

Clare Grennan, Irish Design Shop

'NCAD has always been considered the best art college in the country, so it was my first preference. The location, the variety of courses, it was all so appealing. In addition, I had completed a summer portfolio course there at 17 and felt so comfortable and at home on the campus.'

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Laura Caffrey, Irish Design Shop

'The core year really appealed to me, with the opportunity to try out several different disciplines before deciding on which field to specialise in'.

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Ben Millett, STAYHOLD® Products

'I was always interested in creative fields and loved machines and building things.'

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Alan Harrison, STAYHOLD® Products

'At the root of the industrial design course was design thinking skills that would allow me to critically analyse and solve problems creatively. As co-founder of Stayhold, I use my design skills to solve a range of daily challenges quickly and innovatively.’

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Aoife Dunne

'The year I graduated from NCAD I was invited to exhibit my degree show work at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, and went on to win at the RDS visual art awards at the end of 2016. '

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Susanne Wawra

'At the core is finding and exploring your interest, even if it is just an inkling, something that arrests and frees you at the same time - challenges you'

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Lucy van Lonkhuyzen

We caught up with Lucy van Lonkhuyzen, National College of Art & Design graduate and production designer, to chat about her career, and work on internationally acclaimed television drama Normal People.

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Design: Platinum-Winning Work and New Entries from the USA

Design studio 21xdesign has been awarded two Platinum Awards in Graphis 2019 Poster and Design Annuals. 21xdesign is the studio of Patricia Mcelroy and Dermot MacCormack, who graduated from Visual Communications at NCAD in 1981.

Patricia McElroy
Dermot McCormack

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Perspectives on Irish Art Education

Perspectives on Irish Art Education

Public talks and screenings - lunchtimes in Spring 2019.

Martin Gale
John Behan
Leo Higgins
Chára Nagle

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Simone Rocha

With a Louise Bourgeois show running at Hauser & Wirth St. Moritz, NCAD graduate Simone Rocha reflects on the artist.

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Five NCAD graduates receive Next Generation Awards

Five NCAD graduates receive Next Generation Awards

Key Arts Council support for emerging artists

Eimear Murphy (BA Fine Art Painting and Joint Course, 2015)
Sven Sandberg (MFA Painting 2016)
Kerry Guinan (BA Fine Art Media and Joint Course, 2014)
Anja Mahler (BA Fine Art Print, 2010)
Atoosa Pour Hosseini (MA Art in the Digital World, 2014)

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Five NCAD graduates receive Next Generation Awards

Daniel Kearns - the man behind David Beckham's fashion brand

Kent & Curwen Creative Director Daniel Kearns

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