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National College of Art and Design



NCAD offers a number of MA scholarships and PhD studentships each year. These scholarships recognise excellence, outstanding achievement and potential in Art, Design and Visual Culture. The scholarships (worth full tuition fees in most cases), are awarded on academic merit and all applicants are eligible, including EU and non EU students.

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 NCAD Postgraduate Admissions for application procedures and priority deadlines.

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Academic Programmes Undergraduate and Postgraduate


As an undergraduate student in NCAD your tutors will be Ireland’s leading artists and designers. Research and conceptual development are at the heart of the learning experience in NCAD, and our graduates combine individual creativity and vision with a capacity to work collaboratively across a wide range of real-world settings.

You can choose from multiple programmes and pathways in our schools of Fine Art, Design, Visual Culture and Education.

You will typically spend four days a week working in studio in your department and one day a week attending lectures and seminars in the Faculty of Visual culture on the history and theory of art and design. Your final grade will be made up of 80% for your studio work and 20 % for your written submissions in Visual Culture.

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Artists, designers, educators, curators, theorists, critics, historians and other cultural workers pursue Taught Masters programmes, and thesis and practice-based PhDs at NCAD. Our MA students and doctoral researchers are attracted by a dynamic environment attuned to the latest developments in art, design, education, visual and material culture, criticism and theory, and are supervised by leading practitioners in these fields.

NCAD offers the widest range of specialist and interdisciplinary art and design Masters programmes in Ireland. Within these programmes nimble thinking, criticality and rigour are key to the development of your practice and your participation in a research-led culture within the College, be that in Fine Art, Design, Visual and Material Culture, Design History or Art and Design Education.

A full-time academic staff of 60+ lecturers and tutors supplemented by specialist visiting and part-time lecturers, and Postdoctoral, Research and Fulbright Scholars supports a rich learning and research environment. We aim to support you in developing your leadership capacity within a research-led culture and community in and beyond the College.

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NCAD is an international centre of excellence for research in contemporary art, design and visual culture; providing academic and creative leadership for the visual arts in Ireland.

The research in, through and about art and design at NCAD is oriented towards the real worlds of art and design practice – focused upon disciplinary excellence, relevance to contemporary art and design contexts, engagement with industry and diverse communities, and upon informing art, design and education policy.

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Student Support Services

NCAD provides the following support services to students:

  • Student Medical Service: A doctor attends College three days per week.
  • Student Counsellor: Confidential counselling service.
  • Writing & Research Skills Support Service: For students with Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties.
  • Careers Advisory Service: Available four mornings per week during term.

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