Course Description

Visual Culture - Research

The School creates a community that fosters lively exchange, scholarly discussion and critical debate. The mix of disciplines in the School enables ambitious enquiries into all aspects of art and design, representation, cultural production, cultural consumption, material culture, visual and spatial culture and cultural politics. Themes are explored through a variety of methodologies and with reference to many art and design practices and mass cultural forms. A programme of visiting lecturers further contributes to the dynamic culture of debate among researchers.

Recent and current doctoral research projects at the School include:

Urban renewal, representation and spatial culture
Public monuments, spatial culture and the construction of urban identity
Public Art as Cipher of Forgetting: Memory and Meaning in Public Art
The sculptor Seamus Murphy, his work and context
Transmedial Signification and Vast Narratives
Transcultural curating and documentary strategies
Costume for Ballet
Institutional History of Conceptual Art
Art Collecting and Contemporary Society
Remix and Tactical Media
Ethics and Aesthetics
Performance Art in Ireland
Materialising Modernity
Aesthetics and Politics
Art and Ecology.

PhD study normally requires a minimum of three years full-time study (but may require longer, given the high level of achievement required). The PhD thesis is typically 80,000 to 100,000 words in length.

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 NCADs 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.

Applicants for a PhD through Visual Culture 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.

CollegeNational College of Art & Design NCAD
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 8
Course CategoryArts & Humanities
Course QualificationDoctoral Degree
Awarding BodyUCD
Course FeePOA
Entry Requirements1. 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.
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