NCAD Faculty of Visual Culture Postgraduate Scholarship

Visual Culture, NCAD is delighted to offer the first Postgraduate Scholarship for MA studies.

Following the successes of the two Masters programmes offered by the Faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, a scholarship worth full tuition fees will be awarded to a student on either the MA Art in the Contemporary World (Theory only) or the MA Design History and Material Culture.

The scholarship will be awarded on merit and all applicants are eligible, including EU and non EU students. There is no separate application procedure. All fully completed applications to the courses received by 15th July will be considered for the bursary. The successful candidate will be notified no later than 14th August.

MA Design History and Material Culture (
A challenging Masters programme which provides a platform for analysing the material world in its historic and contemporary contexts. The MA is a taught programme about objects: things you might sit on, drink from or wear; things you might cherish, throw away or never notice; things for special occasions and things you use everyday; things made by machine, things made by hand and things never made; spaces you might visit, inhabit or travel through; ideas about things, things about ideas. This course will change how you think about objects, how they are conceived, designed (or not), produced, interacted with, collected or disposed of. Through seminars and guided research, students are equipped with skills enabling them to conduct research, analyse and write about the material world in its various contexts.

Alongside high profile visiting speakers, the course draws on the wide-ranging academic expertise of faculty members in fields including decorative arts, costume and textiles history, graphic design history, architectural history and material culture studies. As well as interacting with studio staff and students, the course benefits from close relationships and joint initiatives with a wide range of museums, cultural institutions and historic properties.

MA DHMC graduates are working in Ireland and abroad in educational roles within the university sector, galleries, museums, government bodies responsible for arts/craft promotion and historic houses.

For more information on this MA programme please email the course coordinator: Dr Anna Moran (

MA Art in the Contemporary World (
An intensive Masters programme focusing on contemporary art practices and their critical, theoretical, historical and social contexts.
Participants will interrogate the relationship between theory and practice in the context of our innovative network of peers and colleagues. We welcome graduates from a variety of backgrounds, including: fine art; art history; philosophy; literature; film studies; architecture; communications; or design.

Art in the Contemporary World regularly collaborates with key cultural institutions in Ireland such as: Irish Museum of Modern Art; Irish Film Institute; Dublin City Gallery; Kerlin Gallery and The Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

In recent years guests included: Massimiliano Gioni, curator at the New Museum in New York; Katrina Brown, director of the Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art; Kathrin Rhomberg, curator of the 2010 Berlin Biennale; Frieze magazine senior editor Dan Fox; film-maker Kenneth Anger; writer Rebecca Solnit; eminent American art critic Irving Sandler; art writer Maria Fusco and artists Lynda Benglis, Liam Gillick, Phil Collins, Susan Philipsz, Duncan Campbell and Walid Raad.

Graduates from the MA Art in the Contemporary World have gone on to receive international awards and residencies, to take up respected curatorial positions and to publish writings in prominent academic journals and art magazines.

For more information contact the course team: Dr Declan Long ( or Dr Francis Halsall (

Deadline for applications: 15 July 2013
(Application form and information available at Application/admissions queries to / )

Both MA programmes are offered on a full-time or part-time basis over one or two years respectively. For information on application guidelines, fees and funding, please see the postgraduate prospectus:

Indicative fees for 2013/14 based on fees for 2012/13:
EU Students Full time: €5,100
EU Students Part time: €2,550 per year for 2 years.
Non EU Students Full time: €13,500
Non EU Part time: €8,300 per year for 2 years.

NCAD is the leading provider of postgraduate art and design education in Ireland. It provides advanced study, practice and research across art, design, education, history, theory and criticism. Its Faculty of Visual Culture is an interdisciplinary centre for teaching and research in humanities and social science disciplines with particular focus and expertise across the history, theory and criticism of art, design and visual culture.