Dance - Irish Dance Studies

This MA programme considers Irish dance practices within cultural, historical and practicebased perspectives. Students on the programme critically engage with relevant literature and dance practices and undertake field research in a relevant Irish dance study of their choice.

Entry requirements

A primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved professional qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). An interview will be required in all cases, as well as an audition where necessary. Candidates may be required to submit additional audio visual and/or written material.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
• Repertoire and Style in Irish Traditional Dance Performance 1
• Dance Ethnography
• Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
• Introduction to Ritual Studies

Options: (pick 2 x 3 credits each)

• Independent Study 1
• Media Technologies for Performing Arts & Arts Research
• Introduction to Somatics 1
• Critical engagements with Irish Traditional Music
• Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 1
• Broadening: introduction to Placemaking
• Colloquium 1

Spring Semester
• History of Irish Traditional Dance
• Repertoire and Style in Irish Traditional Dance Performance 2

Options: (Pick 2 x 3 credits each)

• Independent Study 2
• Introduction to Somatics 2
• Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy
• Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2
• Choreography for camera
• Colloquium 2

Summer Semester
• Final Presentation


1 year Full Time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

The programme is particularly beneficial for students wishing to pursue careers in the following: dance research, performance studies, Irish studies, media studies, dance education, arts development, heritage and tourism, and cultural organisations.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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