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Art + Research Collaboration - ARC

This taught Masters course supports art-focused enquiry through practice-based research. The course has been developed in dialogue with project partners such as Dublin City Council Arts Office, led by the LAB, the Irish Film Institute and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The content of the Art and Research Collaboration (ARC) course is very directly determined by each student's project area, developed through ongoing experimentation and exchange, through small group tutorials, critiques, lectures and presentations.

The ARC course is open to artists, critics, curators and those engaging with art thinking and art practices via other roles. ARC supports expansive, experimental, imaginative and interdisciplinary enquiry into art practice, and also into areas that can be related to art through practice and research, such as design, architecture, media production, film, philosophy, psychology, education, engineering, literature, archaeology, history, geography and publishing. Modules are taught primarily at the LAB in Dublin city centre, but ARC students also have access to the art production workshops and extended facilities on the IADT campus.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
• The course is open to graduates from any discipline area whose current research focus identifies art thinking and practices as a significant component, and to those with an established track record of art practice/ research.
• Applicants must have an undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or equivalent experience.


18 months.
Year 1: October – May (Thursday: 10am – 5pm)
Year 2: October – January (Friday: 10am – 1pm)

When do classes take place?
Teaching sessions take place at the LAB, in IADT, and also in the studio facilities at IMMA. There are approximately eight contact hours per week in Year One (currently scheduled for Thursdays), reducing to three hours per week in Year Two (currently scheduled for Friday mornings).

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Future careers
• Disseminate art research outcomes in a range of public contexts.

• Critique the field of art research and apply research methods suited to their practice area.

• Implement feasible plans for the resourcing and management of art research projects.

• Research changing practices of artistic production and exhibition.

• Complete a major self-directed project in art and research collaboration.

• Reflect on the impact of art thinking and practices on the wider social, political and environmental world.

Further enquiries

Dr. Maeve Connolly, Dr. Sinead Hogan
Joint Course Co-ordinators

Subjects taught

What modules will I study?
Year One – Students participate in tutorials and critiques focusing on their individual practice/research, and attend an ARC-specific programme of lectures on audiences and publics; art and media industries; applied critical aesthetics; sustainable practice, delivered at the LAB and at IMMA. Students also work toward the realization of public-oriented practice/research outcomes, including exhibitions, publications, performances or talks. These outcomes include collaborative projects such as The Beholder's Share, an exhibition and event programme developed in partnership with IMMA's National Programme and presented at the Project Spaces, IMMA in March–April 2015. Year One Modules (for a total of 60 credits) are:

Research and Practice Review (20 Credits) – Students participate in practice-based critiques, tutorials and workshops exploring techniques, processes, materials and strategies specific to their own project work. This module emphasises experimentation and investigation through practice, enabling students to contextualise, test and refine the form of their project for implementation in the second year.

Thematic Seminar: Critique, Technologies and Publics (20 credits) – This module includes lectures and student-led seminars on topics such as Applied Critical Aesthetics, Art and Media Industries, Audiences and Publics, and Sustainable Practice. It also incorporates workshops on interdisciplinary academic research and writing. The lecture content and the case study examples alternate from one year to the next, and ARC students can continue attending these sessions in the second year if they wish, to enable peer-learning and build research connections between the two year groups.

Collaboration Project (20 credits) – Students work together on the realisation of a practice-based research project developed in dialogue with collaborators, such as IMMA staff, resulting in a public outcome such as an exhibition, performance, publication or event. This module provides an opportunity to explore and apply a range of research strategies and approaches, drawing from the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Year Two – Students implement their individual Major Project, engaging with questions developed in dialogue either with an ARC project partner, such as Dublin City Arts Office, led by the LAB, IFI or IMMA, or with their own chosen collaborators (including individuals or organisations working either within or beyond the art field). The form of each Major Project is wholly determined by the student, and might involve (for example) the production of artworks, exhibitions, publications, performances, talks or PhD proposals. Year Two Modules (for a total of 60 credits) are:

Major Project Plan (20 credits, completed in term one)
Through ongoing participation in weekly practice-centred meetings, critiques and tutorials, students establish a feasible plan for the implementation of their project, securing the resources required for realisation, in dialogue with their collaborative partner(s).

Major Project (40 credits, completed in term two)
Term two focuses on the realisation of the Major Project, the form of which is determined by the student at the end of year one. Major Projects are devised for implementation in term two and can involve (for example) the production of artworks, exhibitions, publications, events, talks or PhD proposals.

Application date

Application Date: 25 May 2018, 4pm.
Second round: 22 August 2018, 4pm where places are available.

Course fee

Fees €6,000.

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