The School of Education has a broad research remit in art, design and visual education including all levels of educational provision and is especially interested in encouraging innovative research approaches.
While the PhD through Education is normally by written thesis, the School considers applications which employ alternative media. Contacting the College in advance of submitting a proposal allows discussion of research themes with staff. Current Education PhD research interests include:
Visual Art Education in the Primary School Curriculum
Assessment in Art at Leaving Certificate level
Art and Design in National Curriculum Policy
Evental education and art practice
Culture, Collectivity and Globalisation: performing community in the arts.
PhD study normally requires a minimum of three years full-time study (but may require longer, given the high level of achievement required). The PhD thesis is typically 80,000 to 100,000 words in length.
The PhD programme at NCAD is a structured programme involving significant interdisciplinary and discipline specific input in the early stages of the research project, and active engagement with a community of researchers within and beyond NCAD.
The NCADs training, supervision and support processes for PhD candidates include:
Regular, dynamic student-led interdisciplinary PhD research seminars
Access to international PhD networks and exchange programmes
Supervised access to internal and external experts in the relevant field
Annual national PhD conferences in art and design
Public symposia and conferences in PhD research areas
Cross-institutional collaboration involving multidisciplinary research teams
Training in appropriate research methods.
Applicants for a PhD through Education are encouraged to identify members of college staff they would wish to work with as supervisor(s) to offer guidance in developing their research proposal.