MA Art + Research

The Art + Research Collaboration (ARC) programme is a practical taught Masters delivered over two years, from September to May, in Dublin city centre. The programme connects art with many other disciplines and was developed in consultation with project partners Dublin City Council Arts Office, led by the LAB, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

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About the MA in Art + Research Collaboration (ARC)

ARC is open to artists, critics, curators and those working with art in many other roles. Current students and graduates have developed projects connecting art with archaeology, architecture, computing, craft, design, education, engineering, fashion, fiction, film, history, geography, geology, media, philosophy, psychology, publishing, science and theatre.

Modules are taught primarily off-campus on Thursdays and Fridays, at the LAB on Foley Street in Dublin 1 or at the IMMA studios in Kilmainham. All ARC students have full access to project-based studios, art production facilities and technical training workshops on the main IADT  campus. ARC also regularly devises events and projects in collaboration with other organisations, such as The Dock, Highlanes Gallery, Pallas Projects, PLASTIK Festival and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

ARC is a highly practical programme and students are encouraged to install and present their work in a variety of studio, rehearsal and gallery contexts. They also benefit from full access to the IADT art studios during the summer months. Students also get professional practice guidance on their Major Project including advice on funding from public and private sources, fabrication, insurance and public liability.

Through the lecture and seminar programme, ARC students explore the context for their own practice and question how art intersects with other fields of enquiry.

ARC students are also regularly invited to present their work to professionals in the art world. Visiting artists, critics and curators in 2016-17 included David Beattie, Mary Conlon, Damien Flood, Jennie Guy, Isobel Harbison, Emma Haugh, Alissa Kleist, Jaki Irvine, Sasha Litvinseva, Peter Maybury, Paul McAree, Gavin Murphy, Nathan O’Donnell, Marguerite O’Molloy, Matt Packer, Livia Paldi, Linda Shevlin, Lucy Steeds (Afterall publications), Kate Strain and Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll.

What will I be doing?           

In year one, students participate in tutorials, group critiques, seminars and lectures. They also collaborate on a group research project in dialogue with IMMA staff, realising a public outcome such as an exhibition, publication or performance. Previous projects include ‘The Beholder’s Share’ (2015), ‘Statecraft’ (2016) and ‘ROSC: Fiction of the Contemporary’, a publication and performance developed presented at IMMA’s Project Spaces on 23 March 2017.

In year two, all students complete an individual Major Project in their chosen form. This year, 2016-17, ARC students presented their work in exhibitions, performances, product launches, screenings and panel discussions at various public venues, including The Darkroom, The Chocolate Factory, IFI, the LAB, Millennium Court Arts Centre and St. Stephen's Green. Students can devise books for publication by ARC Public Press and support is also available for those wishing to develop funding applications for PhD research. 

Future careers

ARC graduates have launched new businesses in fashion and woodworking (Jai Thorn and J Ross & Sons), scripted and directed short films (Susan Gogan) and authored publications (Theo Honohan and Fiona Gannon).

Graduates of MAVIS, which preceded and guided the development of ARC, include Mary Cremin (Director of Void Gallery), Gavin Delahunty (curator at Dallas Museum of Art), Cleo Fagan (founder of Superprojects), Jennie Guy (founder of Art School), Georgina Jackson (Director of the Douglas Hyde Gallery), Rosie Lynch (co-founder of Nimble Spaces) and Kate Strain (Artistic Director of Graz Kunstverein).

What modules will I study?

There are approximately eight contact hours per week in year one (currently scheduled on Thursdays), reducing to three hours per week in year two (scheduled on Friday mornings). Students complete 60 ECTS credits in each year of the programme (120 in total over two years) and focus exclusively on their Major Project in the second year.

Year One Modules (total of 60 credits)

Research and Practice Review (20 Credits)
Students participate in practice-based critiques, tutorials and workshops exploring techniques, processes, materials and strategies specific to their own project work. This module emphasises experimentation and investigation through practice, enabling students to contextualise, test and refine the form of their project for implementation in year two.

Thematic Seminar: Critique, Technologies and Publics (20 credits)
This module includes lectures and student-led seminars on topics such as Art and Media Industries, Audiences and Publics, Applied Critical Aesthetics, and Sustainable Practice. It also incorporates workshops on interdisciplinary and experimental writing. The content alternates from one year to the next, and ARC students can continue attending these sessions in year two if they wish, to enable peer-learning and build connections between the year groups.

Collaboration Project (20 credits)
Students work together on the realisation of a practical research project developed in dialogue with IMMA staff, resulting in a public outcome such as an exhibition, performance, publication or event. The module encourages students to build and share practical skills in curatorial research, project management and event organisation.

Year Two Modules (total of 60 credits)

Major Project Plan (20 credits, completed in term one)
Through ongoing participation in weekly practice-centred meetings, critiques and tutorials, students establish a feasible plan for the implementation of their project, securing the resources required for realisation, in dialogue with their collaborative partner(s).

Major Project (40 credits, completed in term two)
Term two focuses on the realisation of the Major Project, in a form determined by the student at the end of year one.

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