ARC: Art & Research Collaboration

  • Fools Guild: Performance lecture by ARC Researchers Sophie Behal, Isadora Epstein, Eoghan McIntyre and Benjamin Stafford, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, Wed 28 February 2018, 6pm.
  • ARC research Isadora Epstein and Benjamin Stafford selected, along with ARC graduate Christopher Mahon, Periodical Review #7—PPS V RGKSKSRG, 2017-2018. Image courtesy of Christopher Mahon
  • The Turf Depot: A Monto Gallery Weekend Information Point at Oonagh Young Gallery, November 2017. Presentation by Terry Fagan, North Inner City Folklore Project. Photograph courtesy of Becks Butler.
  • The Turf Depot, A Monto Gallery Weekend information point at Oonagh Young Gallery, 24-26 November 2017. Image courtesy of Terry Fagan, North Inner City Folklore Project
  • Sophie Behal, Leap onto the ground on which you already stand, Plastic, unfired clay, radios, motion sensor, Install shot of 'Sounding Underground ' exhibition, Helskinki, 2017
  • Sue Rainsford in conversation with ARC students at IMMA, November 2017

The Art and Research Collaboration (ARC) programme is a full time practical taught masters.

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, 10am-1pm)

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

If you are interested in applying to ARC, please contact

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.

ARC students can, if they wish, use project-based studios, art production facilities and technical training workshops on the main IADT campus. They also benefit from full access to the IADT art studios during the summer months.

The ARC programme is open to artists, critics, curators and those engaging with art via roles. ARC students and graduates have developed projects exploring how art intersects with many other fields of enquiry, including archaeology, architecture, computing, craft, design, education, engineering, fashion, fiction, history, geology, media, philosophy, publishing, science and theatre.

ARC students are encouraged to install and present their work in a variety of studio, rehearsal and gallery contexts. Students also get professional practice guidance on 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, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). ARC also regularly devises events and projects in collaboration with The Dock, Highlanes Gallery, Pallas Projects, PLASTIK Festival and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.