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Design History & Material Culture

This MA in Design History & Material Culture (DHMC) is about objects: things you might sit on, drink from or wear; things you might cherish, throw away or never notice; things for special occasions and things you use every day; things made by machine, things made by hand and things never made; spaces you might visit, inhabit or travel through; ideas about things, things about ideas.

What to Expect
The MA in Design History and Material Culture is a pioneering course that examines the history of design and material culture from the eighteenth century through to the present day, providing a unique forum for the study of objects, architecture and interiors. The programme is taught through seminars and guided research, equipping students with the skills to research, analyse and write about the material world in its various historic and contemporary contexts.

We welcome graduates from a range of backgrounds, including; art/design practice, architecture, art history, history, sociology, anthropology, literature. The duration of the programme is 1 year for full-time students, and 2 years for part-time students. Full-time students attend classes two days per week, and part-time students attend classes one day per week. Students conduct supervised research and write a dissertation, which they submit at the end of the programme.

Opportunities to Engage
MA DHMC students benefit from partnerships and joint initiatives with a wide range of museums, cultural institutions and historic properties. Collaborative projects and modules have been organised in conjunction with the National Museum of Ireland, The Little Museum of Dublin, the National Library of Ireland, NUI Maynooth Department of Anthropology and others. Students who wish to gain relevant work experience have been assisted by the DHMC course team in organising internships at appropriate institutions.

Entry requirements

Eligibility
The programme is open to graduates with an honours degree award of 2.2 or higher, or an equivalent academic or professional qualification in a relevant discipline. The College also takes into consideration prior learning and experience.

English language: Students who have not been educated through English must show proof of achieving IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 in the writing section on the Academic Version) or an equivalent score in another accepted test.

Duration

1 year full time (or 2 years part time)

Number of credits

90 ECTS credits / Taught masters

Careers or further progression

After Your Degree
The course consistently receives
excellent feedback from both external examiners and students. Students on the course 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.

Further enquiries

Programme Contact
Dr Lisa Godson : godsonl@ncad.ie
Dr Paul Caffrey : caffreyp@ncad.ie

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