Arts Management & Creative Producing

University College Cork

Arts Management & Creative Producing

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.

Placement or Study Abroad Information
An end-of-year internship is a core element of the programme, allowing you to gain experience working in an arts organisation or related environment.

Past students have worked in a variety of organisations, including 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.

Subjects taught

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.

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.

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 online in the case of students living at a distance) with staff from the Department of Theatre (UCC) and Cork Opera House.

Application dates

Closing Date: Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9th September 2024.

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.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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