The Department of Applied Material in the School of Fine Art offers two unique pathways to a BA in Applied Materials: Textile, Art & Artefact and Hard Materials (formerly Ceramics & Glass).
Integral to the creative process is a deep and sensitive knowledge of materials. The Applied Materials Department at NCAD provides students with a basis to engage in a particular creative field and to contribute to interdisciplinary debate with others. You will continually expand your knowledge through ongoing practical studio work, where you will develop a suite of fundamental and complementary skills allowing you to connect your work to contemporary culture and audiences. The programme provides the perfect environment to experiment with new material considerations and explore the personal and public dimensions of making. Students develop a personal creative identity and proficiency in design principles and techniques, alongside theoretical positioning in relation to contemporary art practices. Through a mixture of workshops, lectures and tutorials, students develop professional approaches and relationships in the creative field essential for establishing and sustaining a professional practice.
Ceramics / Glass graduates have a wide range of national and international opportunities open to them, as designer, maker, artist, educator and creative entrepreneur. Increasingly, graduates progress to further study at postgraduate level to refine their creative abilities and approach. NCAD offers a range of innovative masters programmes, as well as a practice-based PhD
Textile Art & Artefact graduates have a wide range of national and international opportunities open to them. Previous graduates have gone on to be successful visual artists, entrepreneurs, designers for couture, milliners and accessory design, stylists, costume and prop designers, illustrators, and to work in art education and art therapy. Increasingly, graduates are bridging contemporary art practices, with many going on to pursue further study at postgraduate level to refine their creative abilities and approach. NCAD offers a range of innovative masters programmes, as well as a practice-based PhD.