Cultural Policy & Arts Management

We offer a 60 credit NFQ Level 9 Graduate Diploma in Cultural Policy and Arts Management. The Graduate Diploma involves a workload of 10 modules distributed across the Autumn and Spring trimesters. A pathway is provided whereby those who achieve a Graduate Diploma qualification can proceed to complete a 30 credit minor dissertation to fufill the requirements for the award of MA in Cultural and Arts Management. All elements, leading to the award of the MA Degree must be completed within a three-year timeframe.

You have the option to accumulate 60 credits towards a Graduate Diploma qualification by taking modules offered in the Autumn Trimester (September - December) and the Spring Trimester (January - May) delivered between the hours of 9 am - 5pm.

You then have the option to undertake a capstone 30 credit minor dissertation for the award of MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management.

To complete the 60 credit Graduate Diploma, students will have to acquire 8-weeks of work experience with an appropriate organisation in the cultural field, nationally or internationally.

The window for this is April-July each academic year.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Business 1 (Management)CULP40010
Cultural Policy 3 Arts LivesCULP40240
Business 3 (Strategic Plan)CULP40270
Work ExperienceCULP40280
Cultural Policy 2: IrelandCULP40310
Arts Marketing to EngagementCULP40330
Research MethodsCULP40340
Cultural Policy 1: ComparativeCULP40350
Law of Cult Pol&Arts MgmtLAW42250

Entry requirements

A primary degree at 2.1 level (Second Class Honours, Grade One) is normally required. However, all applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and relevant or extensive work experience will be taken into account.

Transcripts should accompany an application, including grades for each subject taken in the primary degree.

Some experience working in a cultural organisation in whatever capacity.

Name and contact details of two referees.

Admission is subject to interview either in person, by video skype, or telephone.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Cultural Policy & Arts Management FT (Z245)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




1 year full-time.


GradDip Cultural Policy & Arts Management (Z245) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 6105
nonEU fee per year - € 13270

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
The programme’s emphasis on vocational skills, practitioner input, and networking (through work placements), provides those coming from arts and humanities backgrounds with the kind of transferable business skills that will enhance their employability. Graduates will have the capacity to negotiate, research and think strategically about policy issues and to apply practical management skills (acquired primarily through modules in marketing, management, finance, law and strategic planning) in running arts or heritage organisations.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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