ARC: Art & Research Collaboration


The Art and Research Collaboration (ARC) programme is a full time practical taught masters offered by Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT).

ARC is an 18 Month programme, and students are timetabled one day a week.
Year 1, October – May (Thursdays, 10am-5pm)
Year 2, October – January (Fridays, 11am-2pm)

Programme Fees: EU Fee €6,000 total. €4,000 year 1 and €2,000 year 2
International [Non-EU] Fee: €16,000 (total full course)

Applications for the ARC programme 2023-2024 are now open. All ARC applications must include a Project Proposal and further information is available here: Preparing an Application for the ARC Programme2023

Please note IADT does not provide accommodation for any students.

All ARC classes are taught in Dublin city centre, either at the LAB on Foley Street in Dublin 1, or in the studios of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, in Kilmainham.

The ARC programme is open to artists, critics, curators and those engaging with art in other roles. ARC students and graduates have developed projects exploring how art intersects with many different fields of enquiry, including archaeology, architecture, biology, computing, craft, dance, design, education, engineering, environmental science, fashion, fiction, history, geology, philosophy, publishing and theatre. Applicants who hold a Level 8 degree in a non-art discipline are welcome to submit project proposals.

ARC students have full access to project-based studios, art production facilities and technical training workshops on the main IADT campus during term time, and can use the campus studios during the summer months.

There are also occasional opportunities for ARC students to work with undergraduate students and contribute to the BA Art Programme in paid Tutor Demonstrator roles.

ARC students are encouraged to install and present their work in a variety of studio, rehearsal and gallery contexts. They also get professional development support to realise their Major Project, including advice on funding from public and private sources, fabrication, insurance and public liability.

ARC students are regularly invited to present their work to professionals in the art world. Recent visiting artists, critics and curators have included David Beattie, Catalyst Arts, Mary Conlon, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Damien Flood, Jennie Guy, Isobel Harbison, Emma Haugh, Alissa Kleist, Jaki Irvine, Sasha Litvinseva, Peter Maybury, Paul McAree, Maria McKinney, Ciaran Murphy, Gavin Murphy, Nathan O’Donnell, Marguerite O’Molloy, Matt Packer, Livia Paldi, Sue Rainsford, Read That Image, Linda Shevlin, Lucy Steeds (Afterall publications), Kate Strain, Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll and Oonagh Young.

The ARC programme is offered by IADT and incorporates project partnerships with Dublin City Council Arts Office, led by the LAB, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). ARC staff and students have also collaborated with other organisations such as The Dock, Highlanes Gallery, Pallas Projects, and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.