Course Description

Design - MFA

The MFA Design operates across a range of design disciplines and methodological approaches and contexts. The programme addresses a range of individual Design disciplines – Product, Communication, Body & Environment alongside Applied Design Materiality. It combines core taught elements in research and critical studies, with advanced studio practice. The aim of the MFA is to create a design culture that thrives on new ideas, new ways of doing things and new areas of exploration. We encourage our students to experiment and take risks in order to carve new understandings of Design and make technical innovations within, and across disciplines. The MFA Design offers new thinking and approaches that are delivered through a wide range of Design methodologies.

Building on the knowledge and skills developed at undergraduate level, students on the MFA Design will encounter new contexts in which to develop their skillset and deepen their knowledge of their chosen design discipline – through practice, research and critical reflection. Modules include Commercial Engagement, Design Rationale, Design for Change, and Design Materiality as well as a Cross-Discipline Elective. Students will complete taught studio projects each semester culminating in a 20 credit Major Studio Project at the end of Year 2. On completion of Year 2, students will have amassed 120 ECTS.

CollegeNational College of Art & Design NCAD
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 8
Course CategoryDesign, Art & Design
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Awarding BodyUCD
Course Duration2 years
Course FeePOA
Entry RequirementsThe programme is open to graduates with an honours degree award of 2.2 or higher, or an equivalent academic or professional qualification in a related 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.
Carear PathThe two year taught masters programme provides an in depth, professionally informed programme of study and studio practice. As a consequence of the range of skills acquired MFA Design graduates have access to a wide range of local and global opportunities in industry, services, and design consultancy or as a creative entrepreneurs, designer makers and educators. The School of Design actively participates in the EU-funded Erasmus+ programme, which offers recent graduates the opportunity to avail of internships in high profile design companies within the European Union.
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