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.

Key Facts
The programme provides students with contextual and historical knowledge relating to different Irish dance practices.

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
• Broadening through Awareness, Activism, and the Arts
• Choreography for camera
• Colloquium 2

Summer Semester
• Final Presentation

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.

Application dates

What to Include with your Application

Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)

A one page supporting statement

A copy of your birth certificate/passport

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate
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Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, any interviews or auditions (as required by the Course Director) during the application process will now take place virtually.


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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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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