MA Design:3D Design

The MA Design: 3D Programme is aimed at both recently qualified and experienced practitioners in a three-dimensional design field such as Product or Industrial Design, Furniture Design, Interior Design, Architecture or similar, who wish to further their education through a Practice Based Masters. Candidates would normally be expected to come to the MA with a research interest which might form a starting point for their major project.

The programme is run by the Dublin School of Creative Arts at DIT and offers a unique opportunity for focussed study in an interdisciplinary environment that mixes studio practice with intellectual, theoretical and historical inquiry.

The programme is one of five delivered through the Creative Arts Masters Platform. Students on the MA Product Design programme will join those on the other studio-based programmes in Interior Design, Visual Communications, and Fine Art, and those on the Contemporary Visual Culture programme, where students study the theory and criticism of contemporary visual culture or the history of art and design. The Platform allows specialisation within a dynamic mix of practical and critical disciplines, placing particular emphasis upon practice engaged with critical and historical debate.


The 3D Design staff team include:

Peter MacCann, Anthony O'Connor, Tom Raven, Robert Tully, John Walsh.

Full details on staff can be found at

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor Degree (Honours 2.1 or above) in relevant disciplines.


Course Content

The course provides a structured framework for the development of creative and innovative design objects/products. Typical thematics include human factors, product interactions, socio-cultural and economic issues, new technologies, visual language and sustainable design. This is a Practice Based Masters where candidates will undertake a self-directed, studio based major project and written thesis alongside a number of taught modules. Candidates will be assigned key tutors who will help and guide them through their thesis and project.

For their final submission, candidates will produce a combination of physical objects or prototypes and a written thesis.


3D Design Discipline Specific 1 (15 ECTS)

This module is based on the students art practice where they work with their supervisors. The student initiates practical and written work in the development of their practice.

3D Design Discipline Specific 2 (20 ECTS)

This semester two module develops practical and/or written work toward the realisation of the MA practice work.

Research Methods (10 ECTS )
This module will introduce students to various research methods and techniques that will aid them in the construction of their research project. They will become familiar with different interpretative and historical frameworks and theoretical arguments that shape research.

Discourses in Art & Design (10 ECTS )
A comprehensive, two-semester survey of the discourses that shape current practice and criticism in contemporary art and design.

Discipline-Specific Seminar Series (5 ECTS)
This module facilitates close analysis of core texts, projects, or events within specific disciplines, according to the constitution of the student research group. Each seminar is led by one faculty member.
This might include practice-based learning for studio modules.

3D Design Discipline Specific 3 (30 ECTS)

For this semester three module the student produces practical and/or written work for their MA Fine Art submission.



Assessment is by project and coursework. The programme culminates in the completion of a major project and report or dissertation.



DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7 and DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1.


Timetable / Hours

The programme is full-time and students will take a total of 30 credits of coursework per semester.



Master of Arts in 3D Design.


Further Information

Dr Tim Stott
Dublin School of Creative Arts
College of Arts and Tourism
DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7

T: 01 402 4129



EU Fees *

*The fees outlined for each course are provisional and are subject to change

For full-time postgraduate fees for 2015/16 click here

For information on funding please see the following link: Fees and Funding

Non EU Fees click here

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