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).

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.

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.

Preparing an Application for the ARC Programme

All ARC applications must be submitted via the IADT online form.

Applicants will need to provide the names and contact details of two referees, a CV, Transcripts of Results (and Certificates of English Language Competence, if relevant).

You will also be required to submit a ‘portfolio’. Your Portfolio should be submitted as a PDF and must include a Project Proposal with the following elements:

  • A description of the concerns/ideas/materials/techniques you intend to explore in your project (approximately 500 words). You should indicate the project format most relevant to you. Do you want to make artworks, curate exhibitions/events, or write texts? If you’re interested in other formats that’s fine too – just let us know in your proposal.
  • Please include some references to examples of activities/research/work by others, either within or beyond the art field, relevant to your project (maximum 500 words).
  • If your project involves the making of artworks, you must include images of your own previous artwork (5-10 examples). Please caption all images with title, date and medium. You can also include links to documentation of your video/audio/performance works on your website/vimeo/soundcloud/tumblr.
  • If you wish to develop a specifically text-based project, please include samples of your previous writing (maximum 3,000 words) in your PDF

Please contact if you have any questions about developing a Project Proposal for ARC.

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).

  • Application Deadline
  • Round 1: 4.00pm Friday 27 May 2022
    Round 2: 4.00 pm Wednesday 24th August 2022

    *Round 2 subject to available places

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