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 for both MA and PG Dip students, with an additional thesis requirement demonstrating appropriate critical contextualization of the practice-based work for MA students.


12 months. October to September.

Number of credits

90 credits

Careers or further progression

What are my career opportunities?
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, curation, film makers, technicians and designers. 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.

Careers in Creative Arts and Media
Artist - Sculpture, Ceramics, Painting or Textiles
Designers, Illustrator, Stylist
Potter, Ceramicist
Arts and Health Facilitator
Public Art Local Area Development,
Community Development
Film Producer
Film Director
Documentary Producer
Screen Writing
Studio Manager
Creative Producer
Film Festivals and Events Management
Film Editing
Documentary Editing
Camera Operator
Sound/Technical Engineers
Graphic Designer
Theatre Direction (Set Design/Costume Design)
TV Studio Rigger
Arts Facilitator
Arts Administration
Arts Policy and Management
Media Planner
Festival Programmer/ Managers
Technical Managers
Freelance Designer/Illustrator
3d Animator

Further enquiries

Dr Gavin Murphy,
Tel: +353 91 745407

Subjects taught

What will I study?
The MA in Creative Practice is a 12-month 90 credit course. The PG Dip is an 8-month 60 credit course. In both programmes 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 would also undertake a 60-credit Research Project. Students undertaking the PG Dip will undertake the Creative Practice Projects for 30 credits. Students graduating with a PG Dip can also return later to undertake the Minor Thesis for additional 30 credits in order to achieve their MA award.

The Research Project of 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 a greater or lesser extent, depending on the project and the individual requirements. This structure has allowed the offering of the PG Dip 30 credit Creative Practice Projects module, followed by the Minor Thesis module if the student wishes to continue to achieve the MA award. 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.

Application date

Application Closing Date: 31st May, 2018
Interviews: 13th & 14th June, 2018

Course fee

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 and start dates

Apply directly to the Admissions Office, GMIT

Admissions Office,
Office of Academic Affairs,
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,

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