MA in Art and Research Collaboration (ARC) Print E-mail


MAVIS – the MA in Visual Arts Practices (2004-2014) is being replaced by a new Masters programme, in Art and Research Collaboration (ARC).


Led by Dr. Maeve Connolly and Dr. Sinead Hogan, the new ARC MA is a research-focused taught masters programme delivered over two years (September - June) incorporating project partnerships with Dublin City Council Arts Office, led by the LAB, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

The ARC programme is based primarily in Dublin city centre and it is open to artists, critics, curators and those engaging with art thinking and art practices via other roles. ARC supports expansive, experimental, imaginative and interdisciplinary enquiry into art practice, and also into areas that can be related to art through practice and research, such as design, architecture, media production, film, philosophy, psychology, education, engineering, literature, archaeology, history, geography and publishing. Modules are taught primarily off-campus – at the LAB on Foley Street, Dublin 1 – but all ARC students have access to the art production workshops and extended facilities on the main IADT Dun Laoghaire campus.


In year one, students participate in tutorials and critiques focusing on their individual practice/research, and attend an ARC-specific programme of lectures on audiences and publics; art and media industries; applied critical aesthetics; sustainable practice. They also work toward the realization of public-oriented practice/research outcomes, such as exhibitions, publications, performances or talks. In year two, they implement their Major Project engaging with questions developed in dialogue either with an ARC project partner such as Dublin City Arts Office, led by the LAB, IFI or IMMA, or their own chosen collaborators (these might be individuals or organisations working either within or beyond the art field). The form of each Major Project is wholly determined by each student, but might involve the production of artworks, exhibitions, publications, performances, talks or PhD proposals.


Entry Requirements

The MA in Art and Research Collaboration is open to graduates from any discipline area whose current research focus has identified art thinking and practices as a significant component, and to those with an established track record of art practice/research. Applicants must demonstrate an informed engagement with art practice/research, and identify a potential area for further study by submitting either;


  1. A Project Proposal consisting of 4 x A4 pages comprising plans and images of a proposed project of practice-based work and explanatory text, if the research is envisaged as being delivered primarily through practice-led enquiry. If the project involves the production of artworks, applicants must also submit documentation of previous artwork (max. 10 images, on DVD or USB flash drive/memory stick). If the practice involves the production of written texts, applicants must also submit samples of previous writing.


  1. A Project Proposal of 3000 words, if the project research is envisaged as being delivered primarily through theory and written textual enquiry.


All Project Proposals should include the following elements:

  • Outline of the main concerns or questions to be explored in your proposed project (which could result in the production of artworks, publications and/or the organisation of screenings, exhibitions, discussions, research texts and/or events)

  • Discussion of any aspects of your previous experience of art practice and/or research relevant to your project.

  • Exploration of the context for your project, including strategies and approaches developed by other practitioners and/or researchers, within and/or beyond the art field.

  • Potential collaborators on your project, such as art practitioners (artists, writers, curators), researchers and/or organisations and institutions within or beyond the art field.

  • List of research sources (such as publications) most relevant to your project (max 10).


Applicants are also required to submit a completed application form, two references, a CV, and copies of Birth Certificate, Transcripts of Results and Certificates of English Language Competence (if applicable). Applicants must have an undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level. Those without this qualification may be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through the RPL (recognition of prior learning) process, and they are required to present a qualifying essay of a standard that demonstrates their ability to undertake work at MA level. Admission to the programme will be based on review of application materials and (in the case of eligible candidates) interview.


Fees for the ARC MA programme in 2014-2015 are €3500 per year (for applicants based within the EU). For further information on the application process, please contact maeve [dot] connolly [at] iadt [dot] ie

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 21:41


Curator talk with Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, exhibition Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building. 2011.

Bart De Baere, Tone Olaf Nielsen, Raimundas Malašauskas and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev at MAVIS and Project Arts Centre 'Curatorial Session' 2009.

Helena Holmberg, Curator and Mats Stjernstedt, Director with MAVIS students during a 2008 study visit to Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation.


Helen Hughes installs work for the summer exhibition series. 2006.


Presentation to Mike Fitzpatrick in recognition of the significance of his work as Irish Commissioner for the 2007 Venice Biennale.


Bea McMahon and Aline Gaillard. Multiples group exhibition, 2006.


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