MA Art + Research Collaboration

The Art + Research Collaboration (ARC) programme is a practical taught Masters delivered over 18 months in Dublin city centre. The programme connects art with many other disciplines and was developed in consultation with project partners Dublin City 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 other roles. Current students and graduates have developed projects connecting art with archaeology, architecture, craft, design, education, engineering, fashion, film, history, geography, geology, philosophy, psychology, publishing, science and theatre. Modules are taught off-campus on Thursdays and Fridays, either at the LAB on Foley Street in Dublin city centre or at IMMA studios in Kilmainham.

ARC is a practical programme and all students have full access to art production facilities, project-based studios and technical training workshops on the main IADT campus. Students are supported to access public liability insurance and funding from a range of public and private sources. The programme culminates in a curated group exhibition at the LAB Gallery.

Each week, students present their practical project work to ARC lecturers, including Maeve Connolly, Sinead Hogan and David Beattie. They also meet with visiting curators, critics and artists, such as Sheena Barrett, Moran Been Noon, Roisin Bohan, Sarah Browne, AlanJames Burns, Mary Conlon, Valerie Connor, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Katy Fitzpatrick, Damien Flood, Jessica Foley, Rachael Gilbourne, Isobel Harbison, Emma Haugh, Michael Holly, Sean Kissane, Alissa Kleist, Jaki Irvine, Paul McAree, Aine McBride, Maria McKinney, Dennis McNulty, Lisa Moran, Julia Moustacchi, Ciaran Murphy, Gavin Murphy, Sean O’Sullivan, Matt Packer, Sue Rainsford, Read That Image, Linda Shevlin, Kate Strain, Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll and Oonagh Young.

In collaboration with Dublin City Council Arts Office, IADT offers dedicated support to an emerging curator via the ARC-LAB Curatorial Scholarship, awarded every two years. ARC students can also get hands-on experience of exhibition-making by assisting on the production of IADT BA Art student shows at Pallas Projects. ARC students can also realise publication projects, via ARC Public Press, or develop PhD research proposals.

Selection of images of ARC work

What will I be doing?           

In term one of year one (October – January), students participate in weekly tutorials and critiques focused on their practical projects. They also attend ARC-specific lectures and prepare applications for funding opportunities. In term two, they devise a collaboration with an external organisation. Recent examples include ROSC: Fiction of the Contemporary (IMMA), The Turf Depot (Oonagh Young Gallery) and Talking About Talking (Temple Bar Gallery + Studios). They are also encouraged to present their projects publicly, in contexts that have included The Darkroom, Science Gallery Dublin, RUA RED, The Dock and The Curragh. In January of year two, all students complete an individual Major Project in their chosen form, participating in a curated group exhibition at the LAB Gallery.

Future careers

Several ARC graduates have received major awards as artists, including Michelle Doyle (Arts Council Next Generation) and Isadora Epstein (Markievicz Award). Others have secured Percent For Art funding for site-specific projects (Becks Butler, Astrid Newman, Ciara Roche), launched new businesses in fashion and woodworking (Jai Thorn and J Ross & Sons), and published books (Theo Honohan and Fiona Gannon).

All ARC graduates become part of the extensive IADT Alumni network, which includes Helen Carey and Jennie Guy (Fire Station Artists Studios), Caroline Cowley (Fingal Public Arts), Mary Cremin (Director of Void Gallery), Mark Cullen and Gavin Murphy (Pallas Projects), Cleo Fagan (Hugh Lane Gallery), Georgina Jackson (Douglas Hyde Gallery), Rosie Lynch (Nimble Spaces), and Kate Strain (Graz Kunstverein).

What modules will I study?

Students complete 60 ECTS credits in year one, attending classes on Thursdays (10am-5pm, October – May).  They complete 30 ECTS credits in year two, attending classes on Fridays (10am-1pm, October-January).

Indicative Modules, subject to validation (90 credits)

Art Research Methods (10 Credits)

Introduction to critical,theoretical and ethical frameworks for art research, explored through case studies.

Professional Development (10 Credits)

Practical Skills in art research project development, management and documentation, networking, budgeting, fundraising and promotion.

Project Plan (10 Credits)

Weekly tutorials focused on planning and resourcing of each student’s self-directed art research project, with guidance on project objectives and strategies.

External Collaboration (10 Credits)

Practical research developed in dialogue with the work of an external organisation, potentially supported by ERASMUS internship.

Production (20 Credits) 

Implementation of project plan, supported by weekly tutorials, with input from visiting artists, curators, writers and academic specialists.

Major Project (30 Credits)

Completion and presentation of self-directed Major Project.

Please find more information on the programme, including the Project Proposal submission, and what you do on