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Professional Arts Management MBA

What is this programme about?
This unique MBA (Masters of Business Administration) applied to Professional Arts Management is a postgraduate degree that is awarded to students who have mastered the study of business applied to the Arts sector. The MBA degree is one of the most prestigious and sought after degrees corresponding to a Level 9 Qualification (90 ECTS credits). It provides graduates with the opportunity to develop their skills in Managing, Funding and Leading and Arts Organisation. It is a career enhancing post-experience qualification designed for students who want to learn how to manage successful events, create business and marketing plans that work in real world and organise relevant programmes that appeal to the Arts community.

Entry requirements

What are the minimum entry requirements?
Bachelor of Business Level 8 or equivalent. Other Level 8 graduates require a Higher Diploma in Business Level 8 or equivalent. All applicants will be considered on a case-by- case basis. Lifelong Learning requires the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme. Applicants applying for entry via routes other than listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Criteria to be considered will include academic qualifications, recognition of prior learning and/or the applicant’s performance in GMAT or equivalent.


2 years. 2 nights per week 7.00pm - 10.00pm.

Number of credits

NFQ LEVEl 9 (90 ECTS Credits)

Careers or further progression

What are my career options?
The programme will prepare students for various careers not only in the Arts but also in Business. Internationally recognised, an MBA equips students with knowledge that can be applied to a variety of real world business solutions. Within the Arts there are many options: arts centres; museums; arts marketing; education; dance companies; disability arts organisations; tourism; arts council; local authorities; art galleries; community arts; arts festivals.

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Wicklow County Campus
Clermont House
Rathnew, County Wicklow
Tel: 0404 67125

Subjects taught

What will I study?
Leadership and Strategy
Corporate Governance
Marketing and the Arts
Strategic Business Finance
Strategic HRM
Funding and the Arts
Arts Entrepreneurship
Research Methods
Professional Arts Management Project


Students taking Level 6, 7 or 8 courses of 1 year duration or longer where course fees are €2,290 and who opt to pay full course fees by Saturday 2nd September 2017 will be eligible to benefit from the €300 discounted fee of €1,990.

For programmes where fees exceed €2,290 the appropriate fee payment regulation information is available from the faculty for Lifelong Learning.

(a) Course fees are expected to be paid in full at the commencement of the course. IT Carlow recognises that some students may have difficulties in paying the full amount in one transaction thus the Lifelong Learning Centre has created a number of fee payment by instalment options. All such applications will be treated in confidence. In general, fee payment by instalment applications will only be considered for fees in excess of €1,000.
Students who apply for and are granted a fee payment by installment plan should note that failure to meet the payment dates set down for their payment scheme, in particular key dates, may:
• be denied access to Blackboard
• be prevented from sitting examinations in December, May or August as applicable
• have all other assignment / exam results withheld until payments are made
• assignments will not be accepted nor will a late submission for an assignment be accepted after late payments are made
• pay an additional surcharge.

(b) Students in receipt of employer sponsorship etc. will be required to submit a letter of confirmation of commitment to pay from their employer of funding body. They must also include a Purchase Order Number for invoice purposes. Where fees have not been paid by the ‘sponsor’ within thirty days after issue of the invoice, it is the responsibility of the student to then pay the fee and claim back fees from their sponsor.

(c) Repeat students will be required to pay relevant examination fee when applying to sit the repeat.

(d) The Faculty for Lifelong Learning has a strict policy in relation to Refund of Course Fees and a fees refund or a percentage of same will only be given in the following circumstances:
• A full refund will be given if requested in writing before the commencement of the course.
• Where a student leaves within two weeks of the start of a short course (10-13 weeks), 70% refund of the course fee will apply. Outside this two week period there will be no refund of fees.
• For long courses i.e. those of one-year duration or longer, a percentage of fees refund will be given over the first nine weeks of the course as per table 1. Thereafter there will be no refund of fees.
• The refund calculation is based on the full fee for the course not the amount that a student may have paid under a fees payment installment agreement.
• The fees refund calculation is based on the date that the student formally applies in writing to withdraw from the course.
• All courses will run subject to sufficient numbers. Where a course has to be cancelled those students who have registered and paid will be refunded in full.
• Receipts must be retained and produced when requesting a refund of course fees which must
be applied for on the official refund form.

Application date

Closing Date for Applications

All Postgraduate Applications – 12 noon Friday 18th August 2017

All other applications – 12 noon Friday 25th August 2017

Course fee

FEES FOR 2017 €3,700 per year

Fees and Refund Policy Programme fees quoted are for the 2017-18 academic year and are subject to change over the duration of the programme.

Students taking Level 6, 7 or 8 courses of 1 year duration or longer where course fees are €2,290 and who opt to pay full course fees by Saturday 2nd September 2017 will be eligible to benefit from the €300 discounted fee of €1,990.

*For programmes where fees exceed €2,290 the appropriate fee payment regulation information is available from the Faculty for Lifelong Learning.

Enrolment and start dates

Registration / Orientation Saturday 2nd September 2017

Courses Commence
Monday 11th September 2017

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