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National College of Art and Design



The National College of Art and Design is offering four postgraduate scholarships worth full tuition fees to one student pursuing graduate studies in each of the following fields:
• Fine Art (open to students of MFA Fine Art, MFA Art in the Digital World)
• Design (Open to students of MFA Design, MSc Medical Device Design, MA Interaction Design).
• Education (open to students of MA Socially Engaged Art)
• Visual Culture (open to students of MA Design History and Material Culture, MA/MFA Art in the Contemporary World)

The scholarships will be awarded on academic merit based on the quality of the student's application to the programme and their record of previous achievements. The decision to award the scholarship will be made by the relevant School Board (Fine Art, Design, Education or Visual Culture). This decision will be approved at NCAD Taught Programme Board, and recorded at NCAD Academic Council.
More details can be found here:

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Academic programmes: Undergraduate and Postgraduate


NCAD has undergraduate degree options across the faculties of Design, Fine Art, Education and Visual Culture.

As an undergraduate student in NCAD 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.

All Students participate in end-of-year and degree exhibitions or the Fashion Show. Students are also encouraged to engage in other student or staff-led initiatives and opportunities to enter competitions and exhibit.

Regardless of which programme of study you choose, working towards a degree in NCAD means developing your own visual language and your own contribution to visual culture. You will be challenged intellectually and creatively, we believe you learn as much from your peers as from your tutors and lecturers and that art is a collaborative activity.



NCAD offers professional and graduate diplomas, taught and research masters, and theory and practice-based PhDs.

Postgraduate study at NCAD offers the opportunity to develop your practice through enhancing your skills and through critical engagement with others. Postgraduate students access methods, ideas, critical processes and approaches, share with peers, and interact with world-class practitioners.

Artists, designers, theorists, critics, historians, educators and other cultural workers pursue postgraduate studies at NCAD, attracted by a dynamic environment attuned to the latest developments in art, design, education, visual culture, criticism and theory.

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, and supplies the critical, disciplinary and technical expertise to support our postgraduate students in practicing at and advancing the forefront of their particular discipline.

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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.


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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