Art & Process (MA) (Taught)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Masters Degree

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  • Type of Study:

    Full time,Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    2nd January 2023

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

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.

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 professional experience will be considered for eligibility through recognition of prior and experiential learning, policies for which are well established in MTU (www.


MA in Art & Process operates a rolling application process. Late applications will continue to be accepted up until noon on January 10th for course commencing 23rd January 2023. Eligible applicants will be invited to interview. 


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This Masters is offed by the MTU Crawford Department of Fine Art & Applied Art, and is located at 46 Grand Parade, Cork.


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


This research-intensive programme enables students to investigate, develop, and position their art practice in a rigorous learning environment.


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Course Fee

Students should note that fees quoted relate to the academic year 2022 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.


Full-time: (+ €7 USI Levy*)
EU Applicants: €4,500
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000
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EU Applicants: €4,500 


*Full-time students - 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.


No. of semesters: 3
No. of weeks per semester: 13
No. of timetable hours per week: circa 10
Primarily 2 days a week, and introductory workshops in Trimester 1 are delivered over the first few weeks.


MA in Art & Process offers part-time approach referred to as ACCS approach,  "Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Subjects". Instead of studying full-time course, you can undertake the programme over 2 x calendar years. 



SUSI 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 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 trimester 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 trimester is defined by independent research. Having rehearsed research methodologies, this is a period to reflect on and consolidate practice.


The third trimester 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, Pádraig Spillane, Helen Farrell, Sarah Kelleher, Lucy Dawe-Lane, and UCC’s Lewis Glucksman Gallery curatorial team.


Visiting lecture contributions have included: Berlin Opticians - Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll, Danny Denton, Clodagh Emoe, Maud Cotter, John O’Connell, Jesse Jones, Alice Maher, David Upton, Matt Packer, Pluck Projects, Mark Garry, Tina Kinsella, Gavin Delahunty, Stephen Brandes, Anna Konik, Niall Sweeney - Pony Ltd, Gemma Tipton, Dawn Williams, Something & Son, Woodrow Kernohan, Fergal Gaynor, Sam Keogh, Lisa Le Feuvre, John Gerrard amongst others.

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  • Application: MA in Art & Process operates a rolling application process. Late applications will continue to be accepted up until noon on 2nd January 2023 for course commencing 23rd January 2023. Eligible 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.


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.


EU Applicants


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Non-EU Applicants:


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