Art & Process - Crawford College of Art & Design

The concept of process is understood in a variety of ways: as material exploration and the engagement with medium and technique; as theoretical investigation and systems of enquiry without resolved or object-based endpoints; as innovative models of art distribution, including the possibilities of working outside traditional sites of art production and reception. Process also refers to the progression each student achieves over the course of the MA, which involves the observation, critique, deconstruction, documentation, and rebuilding of individual practice. MA:AP is an intensive and stimulating taught masters course. 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 and 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.

• Critique: The spring trimester 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.

• Research: The summer trimester is defined by independent research. Having rehearsed research methodologies, this is a period to reflect on and consolidate practice.

• Presentation: The autumn/winter trimester 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.

Subjects taught

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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 MTU.

Application dates

Application Closing Date:3rd January 2022

MA in Art & Process operates a rolling application process. Late applications will continue to be accepted up until noon on January 3rd for course commencing 24th January 2022. Eligible applicants will be invited to interview.

Applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €450 online if a place on the course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

Please upload the following supporting documentation with your application:

Sample of Written Work may include one of the following: 1 x chapter of thesis plus full bibliography / an abstract of recent piece of writing/a critical review of a recent show which you consider to be significant.

Statement on your current practice and concerns (Max. 500 words)

How do you think this course would benefit your practice (Max. 200 words)


Up to 10 images, saved as a single PDF document (max file size: 20MB)

This should include relevant contextual information (material, dimensions, installation details etc.)


Video should be uploaded in the form of links to youtube/vimeo/personal website where work is hosted.

Maximum of 3 samples, in extracts of no longer than 5 minutes each.

Links can be listed and uploaded as a text document (word/pdf) along with relevant supporting information (duration, installation details etc.) or listed in the Additional Information field

Note: Choose the format above most suited to your practice and label all files clearly.


M.A.: 90 ECTS


Duration & Delivery
Location 46 Grand Parade.

12 months delivered full-time over 3 semesters, from January to December, and part-time over 2 calendar years.


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

Enrolment dates

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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