Applicants are invited for a full-fee scholarship to study on the MA Design History and Material Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. The deadline for applications is 2 June 2017.
The course (2 years part-time, 1 year full-time) explores objects, systems, buildings and spaces in their contemporary and historic contexts. At its heart is an enquiry into materiality, and how worlds are deliberately shaped through artefacts, spatial configurations and the inter-relationship between things and their users and makers. Students on the course typically study the development of design practice from the early Eighteenth Century to the present day, as well as specialist modules in dress, architecture, product design, photography, curation and archival studies.
Students mobilise a range of research practices including object analysis, archival research, ethnographic method, formal analysis, oral history and philosophical enquiry. Projects are realized through a range of formats including essay-writing, presentation and exhibition, underpinned by rigorous primary and critical research into the material world.
A strong aspect of the course is its relationship with local and national institutions, with modules built around collaborations with (for example) the Irish Architecture Foundation, the National Library of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland. For particular modules, the MA DHMC students work alongside and with practitioners and researchers from a range of fields; most recently this has included UCD Architecture and Urban Design and NCAD MFA Design students.
Participants on the course typically come from a very wide range of backgrounds including design practice, history of art, architecture, sociology, contemporary art practice, curation, film production and journalism. We welcome all enquiries from those interested in enrolling and from applicants for the scholarship.