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)

Applications must be submitted online via the IADT website here

Applicants will need to provide the names and contact details of two referees, a CV, Transcripts of Results (and Certificates of English Language Competence, if relevant) and also a ‘portfolio’ that includes a Project Proposal.

Please read the guidance on Project Proposals here Project Proposals_ARC Programme 2024

For information on fees please refer to the IADT website

Rolling Application Deadline

IADT operates a rolling admissions policy for graduate taught courses, with decisions issued in 4 weeks after a complete application is received. An application is incomplete until you provide all required items on the checklist (including the application fee, if applicable). Applications for ARC close in August.
Please note IADT does not provide accommodation for any students.
Programme Locations

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 in Dun Laoghaire 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. 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, Julia Moustacchi, Ciaran Murphy, Gavin Murphy, Nathan O’Donnell, Mark O’Gorman, Marguerite O’Molloy, Matt Packer, Livia Paldi, Sue Rainsford, Read That Image, Linda Shevlin, Lucy Steeds, Adam Stead, 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.