Arts - Creative Practice

Pathway Specialisms offered include:

Creative Enterprise
Creative Writing
Cultural and Creative Industries
Design & Craft
Directing and Production
Drama and Performance
English Literary Studies
Film and Digital Media
Fine Art
Interior Architecture
Interdisciplinary Practice
Theatre and Performance Design

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Title, Credits
Introduction to Dissertation 10
Place, Space and Culture 10
Creative Practice Research Methods 10

Semester 2
Title, Credits
Interdiscplinary Craft and Technique 10
Yeats Academy Creative Practice Specialisation 05

Semester 3
Title, Credits
Yeats Academy Creative Practice Dissertation 45

Entry requirements

The programme is designed as Level 9 Masters study for applicants who already hold an Honours Degree (2:2 minimum) in a cognate area to the specialism pathways offered. The programmes welcomes participants from varied disciplinary backgrounds to apply.

All candidates are required to submit a brief (500-word) 'Statement of Intent' that outlines their engagement with their intended 'Pathway Specialism', and a preliminary topic for thesis study.

All Candidates must also upload either:

A) a portfolio of selected work which should include relevant previous work (eg. artwork, drawings, photographs, film, podcast, or evidence of work in a cognate area).

B) a sample of writing up to 1,000 words (eg. prose, poetry, academic assignment, etc.)

Application dates

Applications for online programmes are accepted on the atu sligo website.

All programmes advertised will run subject to sufficient student numbers.

ATU sligo online has two intakes per year, the main one being in September with a smaller listing of programmes for January. For confirmation on start dates check

For September, applications open from 1st February each year. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31st august.

For January, applications open from 1st November each year. Closing date for applications is mid-January.

The online application form requires personal details, previous qualifications, professional accreditations, employment history and a personal statement. We recommend collating all the necessary paperwork i.e. Transcripts of previous qualifications, academic certificates before you submit an application.

Once submitted, our admissions team will contact you to confirm eligibility and request copies of any previous qualifications.

Academic staff review every application and approve eligible candidates for the programme.

Admissions team will notify you if you are accepted onto the course and will request deposit to confirm your place.

Places are limited, so please apply early.




Min 1 year / Max 5 years part-time or full-time

Delivery Method: Online / Blended

On-Campus Attendance
Attendance for 5 consecutive days may be required for one module in Semester 2. Attendance for end of semester presentations may also be required depending on your specialist area of study.

Please Note:
Students have the option to study full-time or part-time.

Hybrid design studio delivered concurrently to students both on-campus and online.

Most of our online courses have about 2-3 hours of live lectures per week (but this can vary per programme). The rest of your study time consists of independent learning, communicating with your lecturers and classmates and carrying out assignments.

Live lectures normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle and other accessible platforms. These recordings can be downloaded and watched later, at a time that suits you.

Please note, you may be required to take some time off work for the below:

• Exams Christmas Exams: 2 – 4 days in January each year. Summer Exams: 2 – 4 days in May each year.

• Workshops/Practical Classes: Approximately 2 – 4 days per year depending on the course you are studying. You will receive notification of the dates from your lecturer for each specific subject requirement.

During our Online & Flexible Learning Induction, you will meet with your Course Co-ordinator who will be available to answer any questions you might have, and they will give you your timetable for the upcoming academic year.

If you have any further questions, please contact our Admissions Team on

To help balance work, life, and online learning, it is important to understand the time that you will have to dedicate to your studies. This will help you to stay focused, reduce stress, and achieve your goals while also working full-time.

For part-time online or blended learning, it is recommended that you should try to allow for 5-6 hours per week per 5 credit module to your studies.


The Tuition Fees for September 2019 are €4,800 per EU Student and €11,500 per non-EU Student. This is the total tuition cost for 90 credits. There will be several partial scholarships available. Applicants must apply for these through a separate process.

Candidates will be required to provide their own materials for study and research.

There will be several short study trips to Irish and other European cities that students will be expected to participate in. For this, you should allow €500 plus spending money.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
"Culture and creativity are the greatest assets of any society. It is our duty to do everything we can to unleash the full creative potential of our people." Creative Ireland Programme 2017

Official statistics from the CSO indicate that a total of approximately 13,000 people were employed in Creative Sector in the West of Ireland in 2015. The industry consists of close to 5,000 companies, the large majority of which are small to micro in scale. The creative, cultural and craft enterprises in the western region have a value of €729 million. The results of the Economic & Social Impact Assessment: West of Ireland Creative Sector Report (May, 2018) suggest that employment in the overall creative sector has experienced healthy growth in recent years with more than half of all business less than five years old. It is predicted that this rate of growth will continue up to 2040. On this basis, employment in the creative sector of the west of Ireland could reach over 15,000 by the end of the decade. Our programmes are intended to support this growth and facilitate industry-led research that will promote the development of the creative industries from the region and beyond.

This course will support and encourage imaginative, experimental and interdisciplinary enquiry through a range of approaches that will enhance both your creative practice and your career opportunities.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Flexible,Daytime,Blended

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