The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) is a collaborative initiative of international and all-island significance which builds on the expertise of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). The School exists to grow research in the creative arts and media sectors and to be Ireland’s foremost centre for doctoral research education across visual and performing arts, design, media practice and their associated critical, historical and theoretical discourses.

GradCAM began operation in 2008 as an inter-institutional platform with an initial intake of nine fully-funded research scholars. Since 2012 the Graduate School has been funded by the DIT and to date 22 PhD researchers have successfully graduated. As of 2017 there are 16 fully funded PhD researchers within School.

GradCAM provides a unique programme of staged development for creative arts and media Doctoral education. This includes:
•    Research seminars constructed around interdisciplinary research themes.
•    Research training, including a unique approach to the study of research methods
      through our ‘Epistemic Practices’ modules.
•    Master-class sessions visiting artists, designers, scholars and researchers.
•    Collaborative projects, placements and internships.
•    Seminars, symposia and major conferences.
•    International exchange seminars with PhD programmes across Europe

Doctoral Seminars at GradCAM
The Seminar series is a pedagogical mechanism reflecting emerging areas of interest of the staff supervising and the PhD researchers undertaking their doctoral research at GradCAM.  These seminars are open public platforms and can have invited international speakers depending on the group organising the seminar. Seminar and research groups currently include The Aesthetics Group, The Digital Studies Seminar; Typography Ireland, The Enquiry Group (a performative analysis of exhibition modalities and strategies), The Environmental Art & Design Seminar, and the Institution of Memory: Documentary, Time & the Archive.
The Irish Research Council (IRC) has funded GradCAM for an Interdisciplinary Research Project (IDR) on neuroscience and memory and a IRC Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the area of digital arts.

International Projects
GradCAM is committed to international collaboration and partnerships.  The School is a founding member of Digital Studies Network based at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris at the Institute of Research and Innovation (IRI) led by French philosopher Bernard Stiegler. This network leads the critical examination of digital technologies and their impact on the construction of knowledge (epistemology) and on cultural production (aesthetics). www.digital-studies.org
GradCAM / DIT is a lead partner in Real Smart Cities Project (ReaLsMs) funded by the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE). This project seeks to develop and implement a perspective on the Smart City and Data City through critical humanities research and innovation in the context of the Digital Studies.  In addition to GradCAM /DIT other partners include the Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation (IRI) at the Centre Pompidou, Durham University, Dublin City Council, Plaine Commune, and the Universidad de las Artes in Ecuador.

As well as European Artistic Research Network (EARN), the School is working in close collaboration with the Nordic Artistic Research Network (NARC) whose members are Glasgow School of Art, Valaand Academy, Luca School of Art, Bergen Arts Academy and Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

The GradCAM Aesthetics Group (Mick O’Hara, Cathy O’Carroll, Connell Vaughan and Jeanette Doyle). Live presentation in response to Michael Bell-Smith’s Birds Over the White House (2006), The Research Pavilion, Venice (2017). Courtesy of the artist and Foxy Production, New York.
Photo: John Beattie

Irina Gheorghe, Foreign Language for Beginners, performance, 2015-ongoing, Atelier 35, Bucharest, 2015.
Photo: Alexandru Dan

Jeannette Doyle Cf 
(installation view), produced for GradCAM, The Research Pavilion, Venice (2017). In partnership with the:artist:network, New York, supported by The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Science Foundation Ireland. Photo: John Beattie


Contact Person:
Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, Dean of GradCAM, noel.fitzpatrick@dit.ie




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