About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Arts Management & Creative Producing

  • Code

    MAAMCP

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time

  • Qualifications

    MA

  • EU Fees

    €7,130; €4,130 (Year 1 part-time); €4,130 (Year 2 part-time)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees

    €18,400

  • Entry Requirements

    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. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15 June.

  • Start Date

    12 September 2022

Course Outline

Our MA in Arts Management & Creative Producing programme is offered by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences (CACSSS) at University College Cork (UCC).

This MA programme provides postgraduate training in arts leadership and management as well as offering essential practical skills in event organisation across a range of art forms, including amongst others, theatre, opera, music, film, dance, literature, visual, and performance art. Reinforcing UCC’s reputation as a centre of excellence in interdisciplinary art practices, we place emphasis on learning through professional practice.

Our MA is geared towards those who wish to establish themselves as arts managers (managing theatres, arts venues, and cultural organisations) and creative producers (programming, producing, curating performances, arts events, and festivals).

Situated within the Department of Theatre, which is part of our School of Film, Music & Theatre, we work in collaboration with the Cork Opera House in its role as a ‘learning theatre’. This partnership enables innovative teaching practices and our teaching team reflects the expertise and network of professional contacts within the industry including Dr Marie Kelly (Abbey Theatre’s former Head of Casting) and Eibhlín Gleeson (CEO, Cork Opera House).

Connected Curriculum

Our learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff are at the forefront of this integrative approach to learning and will support you in making meaningful connections within and between disciplines such as culture, arts, performance and management.

Programme Details

This MA is a full-time programme running for 12 months or a part-time programme running for 24 months.

The emphasis is on learning through a combination of professional practice in collaboration with the Cork Opera House as well as more traditional learning in a classroom setting. Students take core modules on arts management and creative producing together with an end-of-year arts placement. Students will also have the flexibility to choose from a suite of elective modules across the disciplines to suit their individual goals and needs. As a final project, and with mentorship and guidance from the teaching team, students will programme their own professional programme of work either on an online platform or in live presentation (depending on prevailing conditions) in collaboration with Cork Opera House.

Students take 90 credits in total over two semesters.

Part I (45 credits)

Semester 1

  • DR6044 The Arts Landscape (5 credits)
  • DR6049 Creative Producing and Curating (Part I)  (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 II) (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 from year to year and should be selected in consultation with the programme coordinator.

Part II (45 credits)

  • DR6048 Final Project: Arts Management & Creative Producing (40 credits)
  • 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 option: the part-time option 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. 

Modules

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.

Why Choose This Course

Cork City Council welcomes the development of an MA in Arts Management & Creative Producing at 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, MTU Cork School of Music, Crawford Art 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;
  • And 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

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

Placement Award: 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 themselves of a wide range of opportunities in the cultural sector and across the creative industries, including:

  • Performing arts management (managing arts venues and organisations);
  • 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);
  • And creative project management in corporate and creative industries.

Requirements

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 organisations. 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 €7,130; €4,130 (Year 1 part-time); €4,130 (Year 2 part-time).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,400.

Deposits:

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:

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

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

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.
  • After the online application is submitted, applicants will be required to add the name and email address of 2 referees and send reference requests via the Application Portal.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 June.

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