MA Design History and Material Culture @ NCAD

The National College of Art and Design’s MA in Design History and Material Culture is  a taught Masters that examines the history of design and material culture from the 18th century up to the present day. The course was launched at NCAD in 2001, and is the only postgraduate course in the area of design history and material culture in Ireland. It is open to graduates from varied backgrounds and is of interest to individuals who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the material world around us

The MA DHMC considers the meaning of things, including questions such as how everyday items were acquired, who used them, when, and what was etiquette surrounding use. Modules are themed around particular topics and taught by lecturers who are specialists in their fields. Courses touch upon a wide range of material: architecture, interiors, fashion, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass, metalwork, graphics, product design, photography and new media technologies. Sample thesis topics include :

  • The Material Culture of Blood Donation 1950-1975, 
  • Green Coated Irishmen: design, manufacture and consumption of the National Arm Uniform 1922-1939,
  • Limerick Gloves: Fashion, Favour & Formality 1780-1828 and 
  • Varieties to appeal to every palate: an exploration of Jacob’s biscuit labels 1900-1939

Teaching is based around seminars, lectures, workshops and site visits such as artifact and manuscript archives, period buildings, and museum collections in Dublin. Graduate careers include Academic Lecturer, Creative Industries Project Manager, Museum Education Department, Curatorial, Librarian/Research, Publishing/Editorial as well as Further study at PhD level.

Tuition: €16, 520.00

College: National College of Art & Design

Who to contact to get more information about the course 

Dr Anna Moran morana@ncad.ie / Professor Jessica Hemmings  hemmingsj@ncad.ie

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