LAB Mark Curran BWThe Master of Arts in Art and Research Collaboration (ARC) is a practice-based masters programme offered by the Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) and co-directed by Maeve Connolly and Sinead Hogan.  ARC is a full-time taught programme delivered over two years, running from October to May, developed in dialogue with project partners such as Dublin City Council Arts Office, led by the LAB, the Irish Film Institute and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The ARC programme is open to artists, critics, curators and those engaging with art thinking and art practices via other roles. ARC supports expansive, experimental, imaginative and interdisciplinary enquiry into art practice, and also into areas that can be related to art through practice and research, such as design, architecture, media production, film, philosophy, psychology, education, engineering, literature, archaeology, history, geography and publishing. 

In year one, students participate in tutorials, group critiques, seminars and lectures. They also collaborate on a group research project in dialogue with IMMA staff, realising a public outcome such as an exhibition, publication or performance. Previous projects include ‘The Beholder’s Share’ (2015), ‘Statecraft’ (2016) and ‘ROSC: Fiction of the Contemporary’, a publication and performance developed presented at IMMA’s Project Spaces on 23 March 2017.

In year two, all students complete an individual Major Project in their chosen form. This year, 2016-17, ARC students presented their work in exhibitions, performances, product launches, screenings and panel discussions at various public venues, including The Darkroom, The Chocolate Factory, IFI, the LAB, Millennium Court Arts Centre and St. Stephen’s Green. Students can devise books for publication by ARC Public Press and support is also available for those wishing to develop funding applications for PhD research.  

For information on current ARC student projects see current research.