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The Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) is currently developing a two year taught MA in Art Research Collaboration (ARC), for commencement in September 2014. This programme replaces the MA in Visual Arts Practices (2004-2014). Led by Dr. Maeve Connolly and Dr. Sinead Hogan, the new ARC MA is a research-focused taught masters programme delivered over two years, running from September to June, with a planned intake of approximately 10-12 students per year. The programme will incorporate research groups developed in collaboration with project partners such as Dublin City Council Arts Office, led by The LAB, The Irish Film Institute and The Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The ARC MA programme is open to artists, writers and curators or those whose research focus identifies art thinking and practices as a significant component. The course intends to support a strongly interdisciplinary enquiry into areas that through research might be related and/or be applied to art, such as philosophy, media production, education, literature, archaeology, geography, publishing, design and architecture. Modules will be taught primarily off-campus but students will also have access to art production workshops and the extended facilities on the main IADT campus. In year one, students complete a series of taught modules, participating in tutorials and critiques designed to support the development of their chosen research projects, and also work in small groups toward the realization of public-oriented projects. In year two, they can either work independently, supported by regular meetings, or as part of the research groups developed in collaboration with IMMA and IFI.

Applications for ARC must be received by IADT’s Admissions Office by 4pm Friday May 9, 2014. Fees for the ARC MA programme are currently estimated at €3000 per year. Please note that as this is a new programme it is subject to validation.

Entry Requirements
The MA in Art Research Collaboration is open to graduates from any discipline area whose current research focus has identified art thinking and practices as a significant componant and those with an established track record of art research and/or practice. Applicants must demonstrate an informed engagement with art research, and identify a potential area for further study by submitting either;

a Project Proposal consisting of 4 x A4 pages comprising plans and images of a proposed project of practice-based work and explanatory text, if the research is envisaged as being delivered primarily through practice-led enquiry. If the project involves the production of artworks, applicants must also submit documentation of previous artwork (max. 10 images, on DVD or USB flash drive/memory stick). If the practice involves the production of written texts, applicants must also submit samples of previous writing.
a Project Proposal of 3000 words, if the project research is envisaged as being delivered primarily through theory and written textual enquiry.

All Project Proposals should include the following elements:
Outline of the main concerns or questions to be explored in your proposed project (which could result in the production of artworks, publications and/or the organisation of screenings, exhibitions, discussions, research texts and/or events)
Discussion of any aspects of your previous experience of art practice and/or research relevant to your project.
Exploration of the context for your project, including strategies and approaches developed by other practitioners and/or researchers, within and/or beyond the art field.
Potential collaborators on your project, such as art practitioners (artists, writers, curators), researchers and/or organisations and institutions within or beyond the art field.
List of research sources (such as publications) most relevant to your project (max 10).

Applicants will also be required to submit a completed application form (available from the IADT Admissions Office from March 30), two references, a CV, and copies of Birth Certificate, Transcripts of Results and Certificates of English Language Competence (if applicable). Admission to the programme will be based on application materials and (in the case of eligible candidates) interview.

For further information on this programme please contact maeve [dot] connolly [at] iadt [dot] ie

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 21:07


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