Arts Management & Creative Producing
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).
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.
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.
This Arts Management & Creative Producing 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); Professor Fiona Kearney, Glucksman Gallery.
Direct engagement with industry, e.g. producing work at the Cork Opera House 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.
To date our students have worked in such organisations as Sample-Studios, Glucksman Gallery, Crawford Gallery, Everyman Theatre, Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork Opera House, Nano Nagle Place (Cork), Blackwater Artists Group (Cork), Cork International Film Festival, Music Generation, Islander, Cork Circus Factory, Once Off Productions, IT Productions, Cork Craft & Design, Glór Ennis, Cill Rialaig Project, Smashing Times Theatre Company, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Galway Dance Project, Trailblazery, and the Draíocht Arts Centre, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
Modules (90 credits total)
Part I (45 credits)
DR6043 Creative Producing & Curating - Portfolio Development (10 credits)
DR6045 Artistic Leadership and Strategies in Artistic Leadership (5 credits)
DR6049 Creative Producing and Curating (Part I) (10 credits)
DR6051 Dialogues on Culture (5 credits)
DR6052 Arts Project Management (5 credits)
MG4036 Strategic Management (5 credits)
MG4048 Digital Marketing (5 credits)
Part II (45 credits)
DR6047 Arts Placement (5 credits)
DR6048 Final Project: Arts Management & Creative Producing (40 credits)
Part-time option: the part-time option is taken over two years. In Year 1 part-time students must take a minimum of 25 credits of taught modules. In Year 2 part-time students take a minimum of 60 credits.
For part-time students, the 40-credit Final Project dissertation module (DR6048) is only available in Year 2.
Please see the Academic Calendar (MA Arts Management & Creative Producing) for more information on course content and learning outcomes.
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.
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.
International Master's Pathway – Higher Diploma in Academic Discourse and Skills
There is an alternative entry route for international applicants via the International Master's Pathway (IMP) – Higher Diploma in Academic Discourse and Skills (NFQ, Level 8). See the IMP page for more information.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure 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.
Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June 2023
How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.
For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.
2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:
Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.
3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.
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 1 academic referee and 1 professional/voluntary experience referee and send a reference request via the Application Portal.
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
Start Date: 7 September 2020
Post Course Info
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.