Creative Practice - Galway

Why Study Creative Practice?
The MA and PG Dip in Creative Practice offer artists, designers and filmmakers a creative and critically informed environment in which to develop and consolidate their practice.

The course will support imaginative, experimental and interdisciplinary enquiry through a range of media and approaches.

Students will choose one of four strands in which to base their study:

(a) contemporary art studio practice,
(b) digital cultures,
(c) film and lens based media, and,
(d) socially engaged practice.

The course is structured so as to balance general and specific demands of various practices.

Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively as well as be independent, self-directed critical thinkers.

The emphasis of the course is on the student completing a large practice-based project.

This culminates with the production of a final exhibition, film screening or project presentation with a thesis demonstrating appropriate critical contextualization of the practice based work.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 2.2 in Art, Design, Film or in a cognate Level 8 qualification. Other applicants may be considered through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process

Subjects taught

The MA in Creative Practice is a 12-month 90 credit course.

There are three mandatory taught modules:

Themes and Issues in Creative Practice (10 credits)
Professional Development (10 credits)
Research and Innovation (10 credits)

Students undertaking the MA will also undertake either a 60-credit 'Research Project', or two 30 credit modules, 'Creative Practice Project' and 'Minor Thesis'

The Research Project or Creative Practice Project is initiated by a project proposal which will be guided and developed to completion by the end of the course.

In the case of the 60-credit Research Project module; first, a practice-based element is undertaken where the student focuses on developing their art, film, digital media or socially engaged practice to completion.

The second element seeks to critically contextualize their practice through the written form, taking into consideration the wider social and cultural fields in which their practice will perform. The two elements can overlap to greater or lesser extent depending on the project and the individual requirements.

This structure has allowed the separation and offering of the Creative Practice Project module, followed by the Minor Thesis module. These two 30-credit modules largely mirror the overlapping elements structure of the 60-credit module, however they can also be taken independently. This flexibility also allows the opportunity of an exit from the MA programme with a 60-credit Post-Graduate Diploma.


90 credits


1 year full-time


Fees and Grants
The current fees are available on the GMIT website Students who have previously attended third level education may be liable for tuition fees and Student Contribution.

Students taking repeat modules will be liable for repeat tuition fees and Student Contribution.

Non-EU applicants may be liable for the International fee. Please refer to the GMIT website for further information on fee assessment or contact the Fees Office on 091 742139.

The website also provides valuable information on grants and other financial supports

Enrolment dates

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Post Course Info

Targeted areas of employment for graduates of this programme lie within the extensive range of creative networks and cultural infrastructure of the city, region and beyond.

Employment includes:

Self-employed artists
Socially engaged and public art projects
Arts administration
Film makers

Within education, opportunities exist for advanced research at level 10 and beyond as well as opportunities in second and third level teaching, lecturing and art education programmes in museum and cultural institutions.

The sector thrives on innovation, initiative and ambition. The MA in Creative Practice fosters such ambition through a strategically informed practical project-based environment.

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