Festive Arts

The MA Festive Arts offers a comprehensive programme of study embracing practical, scholarly and performance-based aspects of festival studies. Students will have the opportunity to apprentice with a festival towards the acquisition of skills related to festival coordination and design, as well as being introducing to methods for the study of festival, a survey of global festivity, and aspects of festival management.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold an honours undergraduate degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) and/or substantial experience of an appropriate arts practice, evidencing a record of achievement equivalent to a high honours degree, as per UL's APEL policy. In all cases, the application process will include an interview and audition.

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
• Introduction to Local and Global Festivity
• Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
• Introduction to Ritual Studies
• Research and Discovery for Festival Studies
• Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 1
• Festival Development & Production
• Professional Development for the Performing Arts

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

• Colloquium 1
• Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
• Independent Study 1
• Interdisciplinary Improvisation
• Introduction to Somatics
• Interdisciplinary Practice
• Independent Study 1

Spring Semester
• Introduction to Culture and Performance
• Introduction to Curating Performance
• Critical Contexts for Arts Management & Cultural Policy
• Programming and Production

Options: students can choose three options from the list below

• Colloquium 2
• Choreography for Camera
• Independent Study 2
• Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2
• Broadening through Awareness, Introduction to Somatics
• Introduction to Somatics 2
• Interdisciplinary Improvisation

Summer Semester
• Final Presentation




1 year full time


An Application Fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bank Draft/Cheque will apply to all taught postgraduate programmes.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

The programme will equip students with the ability to:
•Demonstrate an understanding of key themes and practices in the area of festive arts studies.
•Display skills which address the key requirements of festival coordination including artistic programming, events management, marketing, finance, security, health and safely and audience development.
•Develop a research foundation capable of negotiating ethnographic, practice-based, cultural and historical paradigms of festivity.
•Engage in practitioner-based research that contributes to the growth of international research in festive arts.
•Direct a performance-based programme of study.
•Critically evaluate key issues in performance practice and research relevant to the area of festive arts.

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