XAP-National College of Art and Design: Art in the Contemporary World

InstitutionXAP-National College of Art and Design
Department Art and Design
Web http://www.ncad.ie
Email fios@ncad.ie
Telephone 00 353 1 636 4203
Study type Taught


Art in the Contemporary World is a taught MA programme (with extended MFA options) that examines contemporary art practices and their contexts. The course offers an opportunity for focused engagement with the varied challenges of today’s most ambitious art, bridging the relationship between theory and practice by creating exciting study options for artists, curators and writers. We welcome graduates from a variety of backgrounds, including: fine art; art history; philosophy; literature; film studies; architecture; communications; or design.

Course content is divided into four thematic strands: (i) ‘Practices’ explores the range of current international art practices and reflects on the varied conditions for the production of art today (ii) ‘Situations’ is comprised of elective options addressing specific themes relevant to contemporary art and connections between art and other fields of contemporary culture (iii) ‘Theories’ is a series of seminars focusing on key theoretical approaches relevant to contemporary art; (iv) ‘Writing’ offers students opportunities to explore different models and strategies for writing on art.

Students on the MA Art in the Contemporary World take two taught semesters and then embark on a period of independent research.

Students taking the MFA Art in the Contemporary World take the same taught courses over two semesters but can develop larger body of independent research in writing, curating or art practice over a second year of study.


Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG)

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