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, 10am-1pm)

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

Those with a curatorial focus may be interested in applying for the ARC-LAB Curatorial Scholarship and the deadline for that opportunity is March 16 2023. The Scholar will work with the Curator of the LAB Gallery on programming and research into curatorial strategies and develop a self-initiated curatorial project at the LAB Gallery. Full details of the Scholarship are available here 2023_ARC-LAB Gallery Curatorial Scholarship_InformationforApplicants Please note that this sch9larship opportunity is only open to applicants from within the EU.

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 (classes are delivered in person if permitted by Covid-19 restrictions, or remotely when necessary).

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.

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, 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.