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Fine Art - Research

Pursuing a PhD through fine art practice requires the production of a major body of work within a critically reflective frame of enquiry. PhD researchers are expected to extend and develop a particular area of art practice through practical work, exhibition and discursive production.

Fine Art learning conditions support the integration of art production and theory. Recent and current PhD research topics within the Fine Art School include:

Perceptions of agency, childhood and play Interrogations of power and value in contemporary art

3D sound spatialisation through virtual and physical environments Stories of immigration

Sculptural articulations in the wake of the demise of modernist urban utopianism Photography and place

Painting and the uncanny Emergent computer practices in gaming design.

Applications to pursue PhD work across many more areas of enquiry are welcomed.

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 NCAD’s 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.

The final submission for a doctoral award in Fine Art will normally entail a combined submission of:

A body of practical work A written text of 20,000 to 40,000 words.

Applicants for a PhD through Practice in Fine Art 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.

Entry requirements

Educational Standard

1. An approved bachelor degree at a minimum level of 2nd Class Honours.

2. The College will consider applications from holders of diplomas in art or design (minimum level 2nd Class Honours or equivalent) in a field of study related to the proposed subject matter for a master's degree.

3. Applications on the basis of proven relevant work experience will be considered.

Those applying on the basis of 2 or 3 above may be required to pass a qualifying examination appropriate to each case, before being admitted to master's degree studies. Attendance at selected undergraduate lecture courses at NCAD, together with related written work, may be required.

Application date

Application Closing Dates

Please note that while there are no specific closing dates for PhD applications there are two registration dates (January and September). You are advised to submit your application in plenty of time to ensure it is processed well ahead of up coming registration dates.

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