May 9, 2012

Art in the Contemporary World programme at National College of Art & Design, Ireland

National College of Art & Design (NCAD), Ireland

Desperate Optimists and Duncan Campbell in conversation at an Art in the Contemporary World/Irish Film Institute event. Photo by Miranda Driscoll.

Art in the Contemporary World is an intensive masters programme focusing on contemporary art practices and their critical, theoretical, historical, and social contexts.

Participants will interrogate the relationship between theory and practice in the context of our well-established network of artists, writers, and curators. We welcome graduates from a variety of backgrounds, including: fine art, art history, philosophy, literature, film studies, architecture, communications, and design.

Art in the Contemporary World regularly collaborates with key cultural institutions in Ireland such as: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Irish Film Institute, Dublin City Gallery, Kerlin Gallery, and The Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Events and guest contributors
Art in the Contemporary World regularly hosts public events (in Dublin and abroad) and invites contributions from key international speakers. In recent years guests included: Massimiliano Gioni, curator at the New Museum in New York; Katrina Brown, director of the Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art; Kathrin Rhomberg, curator of the 2010 Berlin Biennale; Frieze magazine senior editor Dan Fox; film-maker Kenneth Anger; writer Rebecca Solnit; eminent American art critic Irving Sandler; art writer Maria Fusco and artists Lynda Benglis, Liam Gillick, Phil Collins, Susan Philipsz, Duncan Campbell, and Walid Raad.

External assessor: Vivian Rehberg, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and Frieze Magazine

Seminar options include: Art and Writing, Theoretical Paradigms, The Politics of Participation, Contemporary Art and Literature, Critical Curating, Cinematic Visions, Art and the Everyday, Art/Aesthetics/Environment, Urban Interventions (with the School of Architecture, University College Dublin), and Global Modernities (with the Dept. of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin).

Graduates from Art in the Contemporary World have gone on to receive international awards and residencies, to take up respected curatorial positions and to publish writings in prominent academic journals and art magazines.

Students can apply for one of two pathways available in both full and part time options:

I. Visual Culture Pathway
(a theory-only option);
II. Combined Fine Art / Visual Culture Pathway (run as a collaboration between the Faculties of Fine Art & Visual Culture and intended for practicing artists)

For more information contact the course team: Declan Long ([email protected]) or Francis Halsall ([email protected]) or visit the course blog at


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