The content of the Art and Research Collaboration (ARC) programme is very directly determined by each student’s project area, developed through ongoing experimentation and exchange, through small group tutorials, critiques, lectures and presentations. Teaching sessions take place at the LAB, on the main campus at IADT, and also in the studio facilities at IMMA. There are approximately eight contact hours per week in year one (currently scheduled on Thursdays), reducing to three hours per week in year two (scheduled on Friday mornings). Students complete 60 ECTS credits in each year of the programme (120 in total) and they focus exclusively on their Major Project in second year.
Year One Modules (total of 60 credits)
Research and Practice Review (20 Credits)
Students participate in practice-based critiques, tutorials and workshops exploring techniques, processes, materials and strategies specific to their own project work. This module emphasises experimentation and investigation through practice, enabling students to contextualise, test and refine the form of their project for implementation in year two.
Thematic Seminar: Critique, Technologies and Publics (20 credits)
This module includes lectures and student-led seminars on topics such as Applied Critical Aesthetics, Art and Media Industries, Audiences and Publics, and Sustainable Practice. It also incorporates workshops on interdisciplinary academic research and writing. The lecture content and the case study examples alternate from one year to the next, and ARC students can continue attending these sessions in year two if they wish, to enable peer-learning and build research connections between the two year groups.
Collaboration Project (20 credits)
Students work together on the realisation of a practice-based research project developed in dialogue with collaborators, such as IMMA staff, resulting in a public outcome such as an exhibition, performance, publication or event.This module provides an opportunity to explore and apply a range of research strategies and approaches, drawing from the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Year Two Modules (total of 60 credits)
Major Project Plan (20 credits, completed in term one)
Through ongoing participation in weekly practice-centred meetings, critiques and tutorials, students establish a feasible plan for the implementation of their project, securing the resources required for realisation, in dialogue with their collaborative partner(s).
Major Project (40 credits, completed in term two)
Term two focuses on the realisation of the Major Project, the form of which is determined by the student at the end of year one. Major Projects are devised for implementation in term two and can involve (for example) the production of artworks, exhibitions, publications, events, talks or PhD proposals.