Art & Process

MA in Art & Process (MA:AP) is an intensive and stimulating taught masters. This research-intensive programme enables students to investigate, develop, and position their art practice in a rigorous learning environment.

MA: AP offers: innovative approaches to learning, individual studio spaces, access to college workshops & facilities, professional experience through collaborative projects, peer-to-peer exchange, and a bespoke visitor lecture series. Students engage in seminars, tutorials and lectures to strengthen their individual practice.

Semester 1 Critique:
The spring semester opens the course with an intensive period of interaction and events, contextualising art practice within contemporary critical thinking through seminars, visiting lectures, and a study trip.

Semester 2 Research:
This semester is defined by independent research. Having rehearsed research methodologies, this is a period to reflect on and consolidate practice.

Semester 3 Presentation:
The third semester is defined by intensive studio development with a high level of critical input, which builds towards an exhibition of work. This exhibition is then the object of further learning opportunities, through a final period of critical reflection, characterised by writing, documentation, and working with audience groups.

Lecturing staff includes contemporary practitioners: Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Colin Crotty, Jesse Jones, Lucy Dawe-Lane and UCC's Lewis Glucksman Gallery curatorial team.

Visiting lecturers have included: Clodagh Emoe, Maud Cotter, John O'Connell, Jesse Jones, Alice Maher, David Upton, Matt Packer, Pluck Projects, Mark Garry, Tina Kinsella, Gavin Delahunty, Stephen Brandes, Anna Konik, Niall Sweeney - Pony Ltd, Gema Tipton, Dawn Williams, Something & Son, Woodrow Kernohan, Fergal Gaynor, Sam Keogh, Lisa LeFeuvre, John Gerrard amongst others.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
MA:AP welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds. Those holding a Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in Fine Art or an associated discipline, with a minimum of an Honours 2.2 (or equivalent) are eligible to apply for the programme. Graduates from other subject areas are invited to apply provided they meet the entry requirements.

Applicants who hold a Level 8 award at pass level or a Level 7 award (or equivalent) may be considered on the basis of significant relevant experience.

In certain circumstances mature applicants with professional experience will be considered for eligibility through recognition of prior and experiential learning, policies for which are well established in CIT (www.

Subjects taught

All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.

Semester 1
MA: Research Practices
MA: Fine Art Studio (15 ECTS)
MA: Institutions and Practices
MA: Situations

Semester 2
MA: Fine Art Placing Practice
MA: Fine Art Studio (15 ECTS)
MA: Contextual Research (10 ECTS)

Semester 3
MA: Studio - Presentation (20 ECTS)
MA: Fine Art - Productions
MA: Interactions


M.A.: 90 ECTS


Full-Time: 1 Year (3 Semesters, late January to early December).
Part-Time: 2 Years.

No. of semesters: 3
No. of weeks per semester: 13
No. of timetable hours per week: circa 10

Primarily 2 days a week, and introductory workshops in Semester 1 are delivered over the first few weeks.


EU Applicants: €4,500
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000

Enrolment dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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