Design History & Material Culture

The MA in Design History & Material Culture (DHMC) is a broad and flexible taught postgraduate programme within the School of Visual Culture at NCAD. It is unique in Ireland in its focus on designed objects, buildings, spaces and systems and their critical, theoretical, historical and social contexts. It is taught in close partnership with the National Museum of Ireland.

MA Design History and Material Culture - AD456

A taught masters prorgamme that provides a dynamic platform for the study of the material world in its historic and contemporary contexts. Open to graduates from varied backgrounds. Offered full time and part time.

Entry requirements

Educational Standard - All Masters Programmes
An approved Bachelor degree at minimum level of 2nd class honours.

Applicants who do not meet the mimimum academic entry requirements may be considered on the basis of prior work or learning experience (RPEL). Candidates may be required to pass a qualifying examination set by the relevant department before being accepted to a Masters degree programme. Attendance at selected undergraduate lecture courses at NCAD, together with related written work may be prescribed.


90 ECTS credits / Taught masters


Offered full time and part time.

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After Your Degree
The programme consistently receives excellent feedback from both external examiners and students. Students on the programme have received internationally recognised awards for their work and many have gone on to pursue doctoral research at NCAD and elsewhere. Graduates have published their work in peer reviewed journals and many are working within education (second and third level), art/design practice, galleries, museums, historic houses, film, theatre, publishing and government bodies responsible for arts/craft promotion.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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