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Visual & Critical Studies


The MA Visual and Critical Studies programme, run by the Dublin School of Creative Arts at DIT, offers a unique opportunity for focussed study in an interdisciplinary environment that studies the theory and criticism of contemporary visual culture or the history of art and design.

The MA Contemporary Visual Culture is aimed at graduates of visual culture, art history, design history, and philosophy of art. It is designed to provide graduate students with the opportunity for focussed study in contemporary visual culture, supported by archival and textual research.

The programme is one of five delivered through the Creative Arts Masters Platform. Students on the MA Visual and Critical Studies programme will join those on the studio-based programmes in Interior Design, Visual Communications, 3-D Design, and Fine Art. The Platform allows specialisation within a dynamic mix of historical and critical disciplines, placing particular emphasis upon close analysis of visual culture that engages with critical and historical debates.

Entry requirements

Bachelor Degree (Honours 2.1 or above) in relevant disciplines.


Full Time - 1 Year, Part Time - 2 Years.

Timetable / Hours

The programme is offered full-time and part-time.

Full-time students will take a total of 30 credits of coursework per semester.

Part-time students will take a total of 25 credits of coursework in the first year, and 55 credits in the second year.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

The MA Visual and Critical Studies is a twelve-month, full-time or twenty-four-month, part-time programme divided between core modules, including Discourses in Contemporary Art and Design, Research Methods, and a Discipline-Specific Seminar Series, and modules designed to provide core and advanced skills in critical and historical research. In the final semester/s, students deliver a final thesis in their chosen area of study.

Students of Contemporary Visual Culture benefit from an extensive library at DIT, access to local art and design archives, the possibility of collaboration with local and national arts institutions, and the opportunity to work with faculty on live research projects.

Current areas of faculty research specialisation include: Museum Studies and Museology; Contemporary Art History and Theory; Historiography of Art and Design; History of Design and Material Culture in Ireland; History and Theory of Typography and Graphic Design; Contemporary Art and Environment; Visual Culture of Science; Aesthetics.

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Qualification Awarded: Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies.

Assessment method

Assessment is by project and coursework. The programme culminates in the completion of a 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

Location: Dublin School of Creative Arts College of Arts and Tourism DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7

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