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Art in the Contemporary World is a taught postgraduate programme that examines contemporary art practices and their critical, theoretical, historical and social contexts.

The course offers an opportunity for focused engagement with the varied challenges presented by today’s most ambitious art practices, bridging the relationship between theory and practice by creating exciting study opportunities for both practitioners and theorists.

This innovative programme welcomes graduates from a variety of backgrounds, including: fine art; art history; philosophy; literature; film studies; architecture; communications; or design. We are actively interested in recruiting from across a range of disciplines in order to generate a dynamic mix of student research interests.

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.

Two pathways through the course are offered both of which begin with two semesters of course-work. Then students can take the following pathways:
MA Art in the Contemporary World (90 credits) with a major research project completed over the summer (1 year FT/ 2 years PT)
MFA Art in the Contemporary World
(120 credits) with another 2 semesters to complete a major project related to the student’s practice (in this instance practice can be mean art making, writing, curating, research or other related and relevant activities

For further details regarding applications, admissions and other college matters see the NCAD website