MA Fine Art

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

The MA Fine Art programme is one of five delivered through the Creative Arts Masters Platform. Students on the MA Fine Art programme will join those on the other studio-based programmes in Interior Design, Visual Communications, and Product Design, 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 Fine Art staff team include:

Dr Brian Fay, Mark Garry, Dr Niamh Ann Kelly, Dr Ronan McCrea, Dr Conor McGarrigle, Dr Niamh O’Malley, Dr Naomi Sex, Dr Tim Stott (MA Co-ordinator), Dr Glenn Loughran, Amy Walsh.

Full details on staff can be found at


Course Outline:

The MA Fine Art 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 studio skills. In the third semester, students deliver a final project in their specialisation.

Fine Art students will benefit from state-of-the-art printing and 3-D workshops, off-campus Project Spaces, and individual on-campus studios during the third semester, when students will deliver their final project.


Fine Art 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. Students on this module will develop strategies to position and contextualise their work in contemporary Fine Art practice.

Fine Art Discipline Specific 2 (20 ECTS)

This semester two module develops practical and/or written work toward the realisation of the MA practice work. Students on this module will develop and implement strategies that evidence their ability to position their work in an international context.

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.

Fine Art Discipline Specific 3 (30 ECTS)

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


Entry Requirements:

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



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


Timetable / Hours

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


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 One Year Full time 3 Semesters

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