Arts and Engagement

Participants on the Masters will develop an understanding of the role of the arts within learning and engagement and will develop the skills to apply this to a range of contexts. Core modules over the two-year programme relate to the arts in engaged practices which recognise neurodiversity, equality, social justice, power and autonomy. Through research, reflection, group and practical work, participants will explore different ways of learning, investigating the transformational power of the arts in personal and societal activation or regulation through a broad scope of contemporary methodologies.

Through elective modules in year one, opportunities will be provided to broaden skill sets through Socially Engaged Theatre, Eco-Arts Practice, or Art Therapy. In the second year, opportunity will be given for students to develop their ongoing arts practice informed by, and in relation to, one of two strands of engagement – Health & Wellbeing or Global Citizenship.

Entry requirements

The MA in Arts & Engagement welcomes applicants from a range of backgrounds who are interested in

Developing their own arts practice in relation to others
Developing arts-based processes to incorporate into existing work place
Developing arts engagement facilitation skills
Applicants normally require

An Honours degree, or equivalent, in Visual Art/Theatre/ Music or a relevant area, with a minimum of an Honours 2.2 (or equivalent) are eligible to apply for the programme. Where graduate qualifications are not in the Visual Arts, for example, Community Development, Social Work or Teaching, evidence of a developing body of current and recent art work is essential
In certain circumstances mature applicants with professional experience will be considered for eligibility through recognition of prior and experiential learning.


2 Years Part Time

Location: 46 Grand Parade, Cork

Part-time. 2 academic years, 4 Semesters. The course will run part-time, one day a week over two years. Electives are timetabled in 2-day blocks once a month. Successful applicants who have completed the Certificate in Principles of Art Therapy can chose to be exempted from the year one elective.

Successful applicants who have completed the Certificate in Creativity & Change can chose to be exempted from the year two elective.

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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