UCC Postgraduate courses

Arts Management and Creative Producing

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Arts Management and Creative Producing

  • Code


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2021

    €8,130; €4,130 (Year 1 Part-time); €4,130 (Year 2 Part-time)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2021


  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants will normally have a minumum Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in the humanities or business and demonstrate an interest in working in the arts. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Closed for applications: we will reopen in November.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Extended until 31 July 2021

  • Start Date

    13 September 2021

Course Outline

The MA in Arts Management & Creative Producing provides postgraduate training in arts leadership and management as well as offering essential practical skills in event organization across a range of art forms.  Reinforcing UCC’s reputation as a centre of excellence in interdisciplinary art practices, the emphasis will be on learning through professional practice. The MA is geared towards those who wish to establish themselves as arts managers (managing theatres, arts venues and cultural organizations) and creative producers (programming, producing, curating performances, arts events, and festivals). Situated within the Department of Theatre (School of Music and Theatre) and working in collaboration with the Cork Opera House, this MA will draws on the professional experience of its teaching team including: Dr. Marie Kelly (Abbey Theatre’s former Head of Casting), Eibhlín Gleeson (Chief Executive, Cork Opera House),  The programme showcases innovative teaching practices afforded through UCC’s partnership with the Cork Opera House as a ‘learning theatre’ and the teaching team’s extensive expertise and network of professional contacts within the industry.

Students take 90 credits (40 credits of core modules plus an arts placement (5 credits), one 5 credit elective and a Final Project dissertation module of 40 credits) as follows: 

PART I (45 credits)

Students take core modules to the value of 40 credits as follows:

Semester 1

  • DR6044 The Arts Landscape (5 credits)
  • DR6049 Creative Producing and Curating (Part 1)  (10 credits)
  • MG4036 Strategic Management (5 credits)

Semester 2

  • DR6045 Artistic Leadership and Strategies in Artistic Leadership (5 Credits)
  • DR6050 Creative Producing and Curating (Part Two) (5 credits)
  • DR6051 Dialogues on Culture (5 Credits)
  • MG4048 Digital Marketing (5 Credits)

and choose 5 credits of elective modules from the following:

DH6004 Conceptual Introduction to Digital Arts and Humanities (5 credits)
DH6007 Models, Simulations and Games (5 credits)
EN3048 Modern and Contemporary American Literature (5 credits)
EN3075 Contemporary Irish Writing (5 credits)
EN3079 Contemporary Culture (5 credits)
FX3011 Gender and Contemporary Cinema (5 credits)
FX3014 Case Studies in European Cinema (5 credits)
MG4052 Management in Practice (5 credits)

Note: Available elective choices vary year to year and should be selected in consultation with Programme Coordinator. Not all of the above modules are available for selection in the academic year 2021-2022

PART II: (45 credits)

  • DR6048 Final Project: Arts Management & Creative Producing (40 credits)
    Practical element:  students produce a mini-festival either on an online platform or in venues in Cork City depending on prevailing conditions.  
    Written element:  6,000-7,000 words 
  • DR6047 Arts Placement (5 credits)

Note: Students with approved previous training in accountancy, management and marketing may be advised by the Programme Coordinator to replace core modules in these subjects with those from the selection of electives on offer. Not all modules may be available every year. For this reason, and in order to ensure coherence and a good workload balance over the course of the programme, all students will select their elective module in consultation with the programme coordinator.


Part-time is taken over two years. Part-time students must take a minimum of 25 credits of taught modules in their first year. In Year Two part-time students take a minimum of 60 credits. For part-time students, the Final Project (dissertation) module is only available in the second year. See below:

Year 1 (30 credits):

Year 1 (minimum of 25 credits):
In Semester 1 part-time students must take: DR6044 (5 credits) and MG4036 (5 credits)
In Semester 2 part-time students must take: DR6045 (5 credits) and MG4048 (5 credits) and DR6051 (5 credits)

In Year 2 (minimum of 55 credits):
Part-time students must take core modules DR6049 (10 credits) in Semester 1 plus DR6050 (5 credits) in Semester 2.
In addition, part-time students must take their Final Project module (DR6048, 40 credits) in Semester 3.

Part-time students must also take one 5-credit elective module and Arts Placement (DR6047, 5 credits) in either Year 1 or Year 2.

For part-time students, the Final Project (dissertation) module is only available in the second year.




Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

This MA in Arts Management & Creative Producing showcases innovative teaching practices afforded through UCC’s partnership with the Cork Opera House as a ‘learning theatre’ and the teaching team’s extensive expertise and network of professional contacts within the industry. As well as taking seminars, lectures, learning through webinars (approx.10-15 hours per week), students will undertake self-directed study/research of material on modular reading lists (approx. 20-25hours per week). The programme also involves out of class time activities where possible. These may include field trips for theatre visits, cultural events, and for events that enable students to network with industry professionals in Cork and elsewhere. Course activities lead up to a practical project in which students develop a programme for a mini-festival for either online platform or live presentation (subject to prevailing conditions) in collaboration with Cork Opera House.

Students also take an end of term arts placement. In the course of this, students should be prepared to devote time in the evenings and at weekends for related activities such as rehearsals, previews, openings and ancillary events.

Students will be continuously assessed through a combination of written essays, class presentations, contribution and achievement in practice. A final dissertation includes practice (producing a programme of work) and a short dissertation (6,000-7,000 words).

Why Choose This Course

Cork City Council welcomes the development of an MA in Arts Management and Creative Producing in UCC

Jean Brennan

Arts Officer, Cork City Council

Find Out More

This MA offers a tangible link between the classroom and the professional environment offering: 

  • Hands-on training through UCC’s unique partnership with Cork Opera House; 
  • Access to industry-experienced teachers and active professionals led by Dr. Marie Kelly (formerly of the Abbey Theatre, Board member Everyman Theatre, Cork, Vice-President of Irish Society for Theatre Research) and Eibhlín Gleeson, CEO Cork Opera House (formerly Chamber Choir Ireland, EMG Arts Management, John F Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts, Washington DC). 
  • Direct engagement with industry, e.g. producing work at the Cork Opera House or mounting artistic outputs on an online platform or mounting artistic outputs on an online platform.
  • Learning in a culturally engaged City with several centres of excellence in teaching in the Arts: UCC School of Film, Music & Theatre, CIT Cork School of Music, Crawford Gallery; 
  • Access to international mentors and lecturers via webinar technology; 
  • Access to UCC Ignite encouraging entrepreneurship; 
  • Field trips, visiting lectures, symposia on producing and arts management which encourage networking and understanding of the cultural sector; 
  • Access to the School of Film, Music and Theatre’s range of research related activities and events including FUAIM and Perforum;

Placement or Study Abroad Information

An end of year internship is a core element of the programme, allowing students to gain experience working in an arts organization or related environment outside of that of the Cork Opera House.

On graduating an exit ‘Placement Award’ of €1,100 will be made to the student of highest merit.

Skills and Careers Information

On completion of the programme students can avail of a wide range of opportunities in the cultural sector and across the creative industries. These include:

  • Performing arts management (managing arts venues and organizations)
  • Independent event producing and curating (theatre, performance, dance, and other arts events, festivals, exhibitions etc)
  • Audience engagement, fundraising, marketing and PR
  • Working in national/international government funding agencies and other cultural agencies)
  • Creative project management in the corporate and creative industries



Applicants will normally have a minimum Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in the humanities or business and demonstrate an interest in working in the arts. 

Examples of demonstrated interest include membership of youth arts groups; previous involvement in art projects either at school, university, or in the community; previous internships/placements, volunteering, or full/part-time work in arts-related organizations. Applicants with significant professional-level experience in the arts will also be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

In addressing the criteria, applicants will be required to answer supplementary questions in addition to the standard questions on the online Postgraduate Studies Application form for Taught masters programmes.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview (in person or via Skype in the case of students living at a distance) with staff from the Department of Theatre(UCC) and Cork Opera House.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €8,130; €4,130 (Year 1 Part-time); €4,130 (Year 2 Part-time).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,080.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

  • In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.

  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

  • Please upload your CV. 
  • Please submit a copy of a short analytical/critical/report writing sample or essay (1,000 words approx.)
  • Please detail your computing/technical/IT skills
  • Please add the name and email address of 2 referees.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Extended until 31 July 2021

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