Arts - Creative Practice - Sligo

The Yeats Academy are now offering a range of Masters programmes in 17 creative disciplines. We have called these 'Pathway Specialisms'.

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
Music Performance Management
Theatre and Performance Design

Once you decide your Pathway Specialism, you can decide from one of two ways to undertake your Masters study.

You can complete the course in a minimum of 3 Semesters (15 months) or take a maximum of up to 5 years in a part-time mode. The programme is 90 credits, with 30 credits of taught modules and 60 credits of 1:1 supervised research.

This programme will give each student the opportunity to direct their own study tin the direction of either Research-Led/Based or Practice-Led/Based

The Research-Led/Based approach will provide students with the opportunity to conduct advanced enquiry into a research question. The student may employ a wide range of research methods derived from the social sciences or the arts to address concerns that are encountered in their creative field/industry. The student has a choice of assessment modes:

through a written dissertation (100% and 24,000-30, 000 words)

through a combination of written dissertation (no less than 60 % and 15,000-18000 words) and other research artefacts (up to 40%).

The Practice-Led/Based approach provides students with the opportunity to pursue advanced enquiry into creative disciplines through practice. The focus is on the development of the student's own creative work. The student's dissertation will be split between a practice component (60%) accompanied by a written element (40%) of 9,000 - 12,000 words.

So in summary, our Master of Arts allows students to foster either a practice-led industry based research element or applied practice as the primary.

The programme is designed as Level 9 Masters study for applicants who already hold an Honours Degree (2:2 minimum) in a cognate area.

Programme Aims

The Masters programmes acknowledge the importance of responding to the communities they serve providing economic and cultural benefits both regionally and nationally. A vibrant and productive creative industry sector is fundamental to economic growth and prosperity across all sectors of Irish society, as well as having a key role to play in the creation and sustaining of personal, local and national identity and cultural expression.

This programmes aims to offer you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate mastery in the theory, methods and practice of applied research within the creative industries. Study undertaken at Masters level explores aspects of knowledge at the forefront of an academic or professional discipline. You will be expected to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, and to gain understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research. You will be able to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively.

This Masters programmes aims:

to provide access and progression pathways for regional, national and international students for a career in the creative arts.

to provide creative industry professionals with the opportunity to research and innovate to inform their field and the realm of creative practice both regionally and internationally.

to allow creative practitioners to develop a range of creative research skills that will enhance both their practice and career opportunities, also providing national and international progression pathways to further research at PhD level.

to allow creative practitioners to develop the skills in relation to analysis, research, creativity, technical proficiency, collaboration and communication.

To facilitate regional, national and international students to participate either on campus or from a distance through blended modes of delivery

To develop both national and global leaders in creativity and the arts based on our unique culture and creativity

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.

All candidates are required to submit a brief 300-word 'Statement of Intent' that outlines their motivation for applying, their engagement with their intended 'Pathway Specialism', and a preliminary topic for thesis study (bullet points are sufficient).

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.)

Please note: You may be called to an interview. We may ask you for additional information about your work.

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.




You can complete the course in a minimum of 3 Semesters (15 months) or take a maximum of up to 5 years in a part-time mode.


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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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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