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Design Practice - The Dublin Project

The Dublin Project is an initiative by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dublin City Council (DCC) and Design TwentyFirst Century (D21C) to make a positive change in the City of Dublin by bringing their resources and expertise together to solve challenging problems facing Dublin City. The project will prototype new models for solving important issues challenging 21st century cities.

The project centres on a one-year, three-semester Masters programme. The Dublin Project Masters programme will run for a four-year cycle focussing on different issues each year. In the founding year the Dublin Project partners will join with the Institute without Boundaries (IwB) from Toronto, Canada and produce a shared project with joint outcomes.

Central to the Dublin Project is collaboration. Collaboration between local authority, educational and private institutions is at the heart of the project and the students will be mixing and sharing knowledge and experience with highly experienced professionals in a range of disciplines. The students will also be collaborating together as the project is based on group work.

Course Content
The Masters Programme will provide the following award: MA in Design Practice

Each of the three semesters explores a different stage of the project: Discovery; Development; Delivery. During the first year students will work closely with their counterparts in IwB. DIT students will deliver a major project in the third semester based on the outcomes of the collaboration. They will be studio based at DIT and will use the City as a Living Laboratory with networks developed and an encouragement to engage widely throughout Dublin.

Students on the Dublin Project will use live DCC data to propose real solutions to challenges that the City faces. In the first semester, Discovery, the students will work on exploratory projects to become familiar with working in groups together with the project partners. Examples in the first year include looking at the public realm, dereliction and streetscape, as well as public service delivery. In the second semester they will embark on developing the project from one of the themes emerging in the first semester.

In each of the semesters there are major and minor charrettes. The charrettes are multi-disciplinary workshops held over several days and provide intense workings around the central themes. The charrettes will involve participants from stakeholders and the wider community working together to address issues in a concentrated manner. In the first year of the programme the charrettes will be taking place in Dublin and Toronto with opportunities for student exchange.

In each of the first two semesters the MA will cover topics such as Design and Creative Thinking, Usability and Sustainability, and Reflective Learning. Research methodology is central to a masters programme and this will be studied comprehensively in each of the first two semesters in conjunction with the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM).

Entry requirements

Minimum: Bachelor Degree (Honours 2.1 or equivalent) in relevant disciplines.


Full-time 3 semesters.

The programme is full-time and students will take a total of 30 credits of coursework per semester.

Further enquiries

Dr Tim Stott
Dublin School of Creative Arts
College of Arts and Tourism
DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7
T: 01 402 4129

Programme Leader
Barry Sheehan
T: 01 402 4267

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Epistemic Practices and Research Methodology 1
Seminar Series 1
Project Discovery
Charrette 1: Dublin

Semester 2
Epistemic Practices and Research Methodology 2

Seminar Series 2
Project Development
Charrette 2: Toronto

Semester 3
Project Delivery
Charrette 3: Dublin
Public Exhibition

For more details visit the programme blog:


Location: Dublin School of Creative Arts, DIT, Grangegorman, Dublin 7

Award: Master of Arts: Design Practice.

Assessment method

Assessment is by project and coursework. The programme culminates in the completion of a major project and report or dissertation.

Application date

Closing Date: The general closing date is 27th April 2018. Please note that late applications may be accepted subject to availability.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2018.

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