MA Visual and Critical Studies

The MA Visual and Critical Studies programme, run by the Dublin School of Creative Arts at DIT, offers a unique opportunity to study the theory and criticism of contemporary visual culture or the history of art and design in an interdisciplinary environment.

The programme is one of five delivered through the Creative Arts Masters Platform. The Platform allows for specialisation within a dynamic mix of practical and critical or historical disciplines. Students on the MA Visual and Critical Studies programme will join those on studio-based programmes in Interior Design, Visual Communications, Product Design, and Fine Art.


Visual and Critical Studies staff team includes:

Mary Ann Bogler, Dr Niamh Ann Kelly, Dr Tim Stott, Dr Connell Vaughan.


Entry Requirements:

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


Course Content

The MA Visual and Critical Studies is a twelve-month, full-time programme divided between core modules, including Discourses in Contemporary Art and Design, Research Methods, and a Discipline-Specific Seminar Series, and modules designed to provide core and advanced research skills. In the third semester, students deliver a final dissertation.

Visual and Critical Studies benefit from an extensive library at DIT, access to local art and design archives, the possibility of collaboration with local and national arts institutions, and the opportunity to work with faculty on live research projects.



Assessment is by coursework and dissertation. The programme culminates in the completion of a dissertation.



DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7


Timetable / Hours

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



Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies.


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

  • At a glance
  • MA Level 9
  • Duration Twelve month programme over 3 semesters

  • Contact
  • Dr Tim Stott Dublin School of Creative Arts College of Arts and Tourism DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7
  • 01 402 4129
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