This two year, full-time course offers graduates from art and design backgrounds – including schools of architecture – the opportunity to recast their existing practice in light of, and in response to, creative possibilities provided by new digital and virtual media technologies.
The course encourages students to question the nature of the relationship between the Virtual and the Real in their own area of practice.
The programme is two years in duration and consists of a regular weekly research seminar, studio critiques, classes/workshops in relevant digital processes, applications and techniques, an introductory course on research methodologies, a visiting lecturer series and a set of international study trips. The programme also offers the opportunity for a period of study abroad (normally in the first part of year 2), as well as time on artist’s placement with an appropriate organisation in Ireland (normally in the second-half of year 1). Opportunities for specialised study are discussed with the teaching team in the Media Department. Further details can be obtained from the course co-ordinator, Leah Hilliard — .
The Master of Arts – Art in the Digital World combines visual art, digital production and postproduction skills, creative content development, critical studies in contemporary art and digital culture, research methods training, research seminar processes, project management, as well as opportunities for international exchange experiences. This programme has produced accomplished graduates who have gone on to research careers as doctoral students or developed as filmmakers, artists, and artist-researchers. Noteworthy graduates in recent years include Eamonn Crudden, Catherine Fitzgerald, Claire Nidecker and Linda Quinlan. The programme also attracts visiting specialists from Europe who develop close working relations with the College.
Unique Placement Opportunities: The programme has developed a unique placement process where students are immersed in professional environments evoking new insights and experimental works. Placements in recent years included organisations such as The Met Office, Kairos Communication, The Censor’s Office, Kilmainham Jail, Queerhawks Theatre Company, St Patrick’s Day Festival, Light Surgeons, Circa, Sustainable Ireland, Pixelcorp, Natural History Museum, Black Box Architects, The Department of Haemotology St. James’ Hospital, AV Edge, and Bank Of Ireland. The placement is unique to each student and developed from their interests and concerns.
Vibrant Context of Studies: The teaching team attached to this programme initiates collaborative research projects engaging international partners, including the Digital Surfaces research collaboration and presentation by the teaching team in Bergen, Norway. Recent projects include The Space for Production (LUAS project) and Making the Invisible Visible (The Digital Hub) collaboration with UCD architecture students, The Cork Street Project (Dublin City Council) and Gallery without Walls (The Digital Hub).
International Exchange Opportunities: The programme has been the basis of exchange programmes through ERASMUS offering innovative learning opportunities to students.
The programme includes modules in:
* Workflow in a digital world: Students learn production and postproduction skills in video, audio, multimedia and are introduced to future technologies likely to provide creative opportunities for artists and designers in the next decade.
* Unique online modules in the study of Contemporary Art and Digital Culture. In an innovative new teaching and learning development the programme provides students with online study supports, foreign exchange and travel.
* The students develop their own research agenda and cultivate personal research interests through the Major Research Project. Each student evolves a self-set project examining themes and questions and engaging personal interests in design and material culture.
The MA – Art in the Digital World programme is a taught programme with a schedule of lectures and seminars on one day of the week, with tutorials and other events scheduled throughout the week. The duration of the programme is two academic years. Students are required to present work in public at several points during the programme. Students have an opportunity to go on placement in the first year, and on an international exchange in the second year. Students unable to pursue an international exchange because of home commitments undertake a series of structured international visits. Students are facilitated to maintain an online presence for their work.
This programme is subsidised for EU students by the Graduate Skills Conversion Programme. Typically, the fee is €1,850 and for non-EU students €17,000. (These figures are guidelines and subject to annual revision).
Applicants submit a clear statement of intent (500 words) indicating the reason for wishing to pursue the programme. » 5 copies
The application must be supported by visual documentation or other documentation demonstrating previous practical work: slides, CD, video, catalogues. Slides must be accompanied by a slide list.