Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin School of Creative Arts

mission statement

Vision: 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. 


Mission: The Dublin School of Creative Arts of the Dublin Institute of Technology at Grangegorman achieves its vision by:


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

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

Our students and staff will set new standards in creative and professional practice in a stimulating, flexible and outward-facing environment. Our programmes will enable students to take their place in society as successful and socially conscious artists, designers and active citizens.

3. developing strategic partnerships and collaborations with external organisations nationally and globally; The school will enjoy high international standing for its commitment to European artistic and cultural development through advanced creative practice, trans-disciplinary learning and practice based research. 

4. developing and implementing new opportunities afforded by transdisciplinary activity;

5. informing and responding to Government initiatives relating to national priorities for design, artistic and cultural development.

6. leading the Institute’s mission of cultural development, and furthering 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 UIAH /TAIK/Aalto, Loughborough, Kingston University, Art Academy of Latvia and Middlesex University.More recently the School has developed a number of Horizon 2020 networks and research applications with Weisensee Art Academy, Berlin, Glasgow School of Art, Valand School of Art, Gothenburg, Oslo National Academy of Art, FNHW Academy of Art and Design, Basel,Manchester Metropolitan Univesrity University of Luneburg ,Centre Pompidou,Paris ,St Lukas /University of Leuven, Belgium and Szezcin Art academy.



national role

The School is the 2nd largest higher level art and design institute in Ireland. It offers BA, MA/M.Phil and P.Hd degrees in art and design. 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 numebr of P.hD students in art and design in the Republic of Ireland.The Head of School is a past president of ELIA 2010-2014 and the Head of Design is a past president of the Institute of Designers in Ireland 2011. The School hosts the research and dissemination network Typography Ireland. SStaff members in the school work closely with a number of Irsih governmnet organisations and  the school runs numerous projects with a varirety of NGO's.

main focus

Design, Fine Art and Contempoary Visual Culture and the Creative Industries

faculties and departments

Department of Design Department of Fine Art Department of Printing Department of Visual Culture 

bachelor level programs

BA Design (Visual Communication) / 4years

BA Design (Interior/Furniture) / 4 years

BA Fine Art / 4 years

B.Sc Product Design / 4years

BA Contemporary Visual Culture /3 years

BA Visual Merchandising /3 years

BA  Creative and Cultural Industries /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)


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