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Art & Process (MA) (Taught)

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  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Masters Degree

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  • Type of Study:

    Full time,Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    15th December 2017

Course duration:

MA:Art & Process is a 12 month taught Masters in Fine Art that is delivered full-time over 3 semesters, from January to December, and part-time over 2 calendar years

Admission Requirements:

MA:AP welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds. Those holding a Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in Fine Art or an associated discipline, with a minimum of an Honours 2.2 (or equivalent) are eligible to apply for the programme. Graduates from other subject areas are invited to apply provided they meet the entry requirements.

Applicants who hold a Level 8 award at pass level or a Level 7 award (or equivalent) may be considered on the basis of significant relevant experience.

In certain circumstances mature applicants with long-standing professional experience will be considered for eligibility through recognition of prior and experiential learning, policies for which are well established in CIT.

Department: CIT Crawford College of Art and Design

Location: Crawford College of Art and Design

Further Studies: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

ECTS Credits: 90 

Course summary

MA:AP welcomes students with diverse backgrounds e.g. painting, performance, film, architecture, installation, sound, sculpture etc. Process is proposed as a point of common focus for peer interaction, inviting diversity of approaches and media, and allowing the points of convergence and divergence between a range of practices to be explored.


Fine Art & Applied Art, CIT CCAD

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2017-2018 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.


The programme has 90 credits and is delivered as a single stage that spans over 2 institutional academic years.

The concept of process is understood in a variety of ways: as material exploration and the engagement with medium and technique; as theoretical investigation and systems of enquiry without resolved or object-based endpoints; as innovative models of art distribution, including the possibilities of working outside traditional sites of art production and reception. Process also refers to the progression each student achieves over the course of the MA, which involves the observation, critique, deconstruction, documentation and rebuilding of individual practice.

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Course Fee

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2018 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

EU Applicants: €4,500
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000
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Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
The USI membership levy of €7.00 has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This levy must be paid before the start of Semester 1.

Student Grants

Grants are awarded for each academic year (i.e. September - June), therefore, if you are awarded a grant when you start the course in January this only covers you for the first 2 semesters within the first academic year  which ends in June for SUSI. You may need to go through a renewal process with SUSI to ensure your grant continues for the following academic year i.e. September  - January.


MA:AP is delighted to offer a scholarship awarding full tuition fees for 2017. All applicants are eligible for the scholarship which will be awarded based on strength and potential of the applicant's existing practice. To be considered for the tuition scholarship please submit a short text (max. 2 paragraphs) summarising your practice and achievements to date as well as your reasons for applying for the scholarship.

Deadline for Applications for Tuition Fees Scholarship is 1st December, 2016.This is in addition to the normal admission application and should be submitted to – with subject box clearly referencing:  MA:AP Tuition Fees Scholarship 2017 & Name of Applicant.

MA in Art  & Process is offered on a full-time or part-time basis. 

Deadline for late applications for MA in Art & Process is 30th December, however, if you wish to be considered for Scholarship, application must be received by 1st December.

Course Structure Full-time:

No. of semesters:                       3
No. of weeks per semester:    13
No. of timetable hour’s week: approx. 10

Which days: Primarily Monday & Tuesday. Research period during summer semester, 

Duration: Three semesters


MA in Art & Process (MA:AP) is an intensive and stimulating taught masters. This research-intensive programme enables students to investigate, develop, and position their art practice in a rigorous learning environment.

MA:AP offers: innovative approaches to learning, individual studio spaces, access to college workshops & facilities, professional experience through collaborative projects, peer-to-peer exchange, and a bespoke visitor lecture series. Students engage in seminars, tutorials and lectures to strengthen their individual practice.

Trimester 1 CRITIQUE: The spring semester opens the course with an intensive period of interaction and events, contextualising art practice within contemporary critical thinking through seminars, visiting lectures, and a study trip.

Trimester 2 RESEARCH: This semester is defined by independent research. Having rehearsed research methodologies, this is a period to reflect on and consolidate practice.

Trimester 3 PRESENTATION: The third semester is defined by intensive studio development with a high level of critical input, which builds towards an exhibition of work. This exhibition is then the object of further learning opportunities, through a final period of critical reflection, characterised by writing, documentation, and working with audience groups.

Lecturing staff includes contemporary practitioners: Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Colin Crotty, Jesse Jones, Lucy Dawe-Lane and UCC’s Lewis Glucksman Gallery curatorial team.

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  • Online Application is open for course commencing in January 2018.
  • Deadline for application: 15th December 2017. 
  • MA in Art & Process operates a rolling closing date, the date published above is the regular closing date after which offers are made to successful applicants.  Late applications will continue to be accepted up until December 30th for course commencing in late January 2018. All applicants will be invited to interview. 
  • Applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €450 online if a place on the course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.


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Non-EU Applicants Apply Online >>



Please upload the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • Sample of Written Work may include one of the following: 1 x chapter of thesis plus full bibliography / an abstract of recent piece of writing/a critical review of a recent show which you consider to be significant.
  • Statement on your current practice and concerns (Max. 500 words)
  • How do you think this course would benefit your practice? (Max. 200 words)


  • Up to 10 images, saved as a single PDF document (max file size: 20MB)
  • This should include relevant contextual information (material, dimensions, installation details etc.)


  • Video should be uploaded in the form of links to youtube/vimeo/personal website where work is hosted.
  • Maximum of 3 samples, in extracts of no longer than 5 minutes each.
  • Links can be listed and uploaded as a text document (word/pdf) along with relevant supporting information (duration, installation details etc.) or listed in the Additional Information field

Note: Choose the format above most suited to your practice and label all files clearly.

Ms Trish Brennan
T: +353 21 433 5200

CCAD Enquiries
T: +353 21 433 5200