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Mission Statement

The TU Dublin School of Art & Design is one of the largest providers of university level education in art and design on the island of Ireland. The school is part of the Faculty of Arts and Tourism in Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) and is located in The East Quad on the new  Grangegorman campus in central Dublin. The school has over 600 students and educates artists, designers, cultural theorists, cultural managers and print industry specialists at all levels up to and including PhD. Uniquely, in the Irish art and design education sector, the school runs a full-time Visual Art programme in partnership with the local community on Sherkin Island Co Cork. It also hosts the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) which is the recognised national platform for practice based doctoral research in creative arts and media.

Our vision is to lead education, practice and research for Ireland's creative and cultural industries in a new state of the art campus at Grangegorman, acting as a national and international benchmark for the creative arts.

 The mission of the school is

  1.To build a stimulating, effective and sustainable student centered learning environment encouraging creativity, flexibility and innovation to support professional and personal           development.

  2. Nurture excellence in scholarly activity through creative practice and research;.

  3. Develop strategic partnerships and collaborations with external organisations nationally and globally. 

  4  Enjoy high international standing for our commitment to European artistic and cultural development through advanced creative practice, trans-disciplinary learning and practice based research. 

  5 Develop and implement new opportunities afforded by transdisciplinary activity;

  6 Inform and respond to Government initiatives relating to national priorities for design, artistic and cultural development.

  7 Lead the University's’s mission of cultural development, and further it in a European context.


International Role

The School is very active in the European League of Institutes of the Arts, ATYpi Association Typographique International, ISTD – International Society of Typographic Designers and has had active research partnerships with Weisensee Art Academy, Berlin, Glasgow School of Art,Valand School of Art, Gothenburg, Oslo National Academy of Art, FNHWAcademy of Art and Design, Basel, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Luneburg, Centre Pompidou, Paris, National University of the Arts, Ecuador, St Lukas /University of Leuven, Belgium, Szezcin Art Academy and University of Malardalen, Sweden and University of the Arts, Helsinki.



National Role

The School is the first full university art and design school in the Republic of Ireland. The school offers BA, MA/M.Phil and P.Hd degrees in art  design and visual culture. It is a lead partner in the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media which funds and promotes practice based P.hD research in art, design and media. The school has the largest number of P.hD students in art and design in the Republic of Ireland. The Head of School is a President Emeritus of the Institute of Designers in Ireland as is the Head of Design. The School hosts the research and dissemination network Typography Ireland and currently leads the Craft 4.0 Erasmus network. Staff members in the school work closely with a number of Irish government organisations and the school runs numerous projects with a variety of NGO's.

Main Focus

Design, Fine Art , Prepress Print, Contemporary Visual Culture and the Creative Industries.

Bachelor Level Programs

BA Design (Visual Communication) / 4years

BA Interior Design / 4 years

BA Fine Art / 4 years

B.Sc Product Design / 4years

BA Visual Merchandising /3 years

BA  Creative Industries and Visual Culture /3 years


Master Level Programs

MA Graphic Design Practice/1 year 

MA Visual Communications/1 year

MA Interior Design/1 year

MA Product Design/ 1  year 

MA Fine Art/ 1 year

MA Contemporary Visual Culture/1 year

MA in Professional Design Practice (evening Part time for Industry) 1 year 



Research Activity and Main Areas

·      Create Lab: Design Innovation

·      Creative Pedagogies

·      Making Meaning in Public Spaces Research Group

·      Post Digital Culture

·      Typographic and Visual Communication

·      Visual and Material Culture of Memory 

For more information and list of P.hD projects see www.dit.ie/creativearts

Doctorate Level Programs

M.Phil / 2 years

P.hD / 3.5 years

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

Interior Design, Product Design  Visual Communications, Product Design, Fine Art, Visual Culture  Creative Industries

Application Deadlines

Beginning of April each year. The  exchanges take place in Semester 1 

Teaching Languages


Semester Dates

September – December January – May

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)



Bachelor: 570
Master: 35
Doctorate: 28

Exchange Students

Incoming: 15
Outgoing: 15
Others: 50

Teaching Staff

Professors: 3
Lectures: 45
Part-time Teachers: 5

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