The Yeats Academy are now offering a range of Masters programmes in 17 creative disciplines. We have called these 'Pathway Specialisms'.
Pathway Specialisms offered include:
4.Cultural and Creative Industries
6.Design & Craft
7.Directing and Production
8.Drama and Performance
9.English Literary Studies
10.Film and Digital Media
14.Music Performance Management
17.Theatre and Performance Design
Once you decide your Pathway Specialism, you can decide from one of two ways to undertake your Masters study.
1.Master of Arts in (Specialism)
2.Master of Arts in (Specialism) through Creative Practice
You can complete the course in a minimum of 3 Semesters (15 months) or take a maximum of up to 5 years in a part-time mode. Both programmes are structured similarly, they are both 90 credits and they both share 30 credits of taught modules and have 60 credits of 1:1 supervised research. The major differentiator between the two programmes is the research approach in the supervised element.
The Master of Arts in (Specialism) will be Research-Led/Based and will provide students with the opportunity to conduct advanced enquiry into a research question. The student may employ a wide range of research methods derived from the social sciences or the arts to address concerns that are encountered in their creative field/industry. The student has a choice of assessment modes:
1.through a written dissertation (100% and 24,000-30, 000 words)
2.through a combination of written dissertation (no less than 60 % and 15,000-18000 words) and other research artefacts (up to 40%).
The Master of Arts in (Specialism) through Creative Practice provides students with the opportunity to pursue advanced enquiry into creative disciplines through practice. The focus is on the development of the student's own creative work. The student's dissertation will be split between a practice component (60%) accompanied by a written element (40%) of 9,000 - 12,000 words.
So in summary, the Master of Arts in Specialism (through Research) allows for a practice-led industry based research element, whilst the Master of Arts through Creative Practice uses applied practice as the primary research method.
Both programmes are designed as Level 9 Masters study for applicants who already hold an Honours Degree in a cognate area.
The Masters programmes acknowledge the importance of responding to the communities they serve providing economic and cultural benefits both regionally and nationally. A vibrant and productive creative industry sector is fundamental to economic growth and prosperity across all sectors of Irish society, as well as having a key role to play in the creation and sustaining of personal, local and national identity and cultural expression.
This programmes aims to offer you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate mastery in the theory, methods and practice of applied research within the creative industries. Study undertaken at Masters level explores aspects of knowledge at the forefront of an academic or professional discipline. You will be expected to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, and to gain understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research. You will be able to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively.
This Masters programmes aims:
•to provide access and progression pathways for regional, national and international students for a career in the creative arts.
•to provide creative industry professionals with the opportunity to research and innovate to inform their field and the realm of creative practice both regionally and internationally.
•to allow creative practitioners to develop a range of creative research skills that will enhance both their practice and career opportunities, also providing national and international
progression pathways to further research at PhD level.
•to allow creative practitioners to develop the skills in relation to analysis, research, creativity, technical proficiency, collaboration and communication.
•To facilitate regional, national and international students to participate either on campus or from a distance through blended modes of delivery
•To develop both national and global leaders in creativity and the arts based on our unique culture and creativity
The MA graduate will be equipped to work and apply learning to a vast array of disciplines and professions within the Creative Industries. Unique attributes will include research and practice based skills within their chosen specialism. Transferrable skills will see the graduates as independent thinkers, critical thinkers, problem solvers, collaborators, and adaptive learners with innovative initiative
On completion, graduates will be able to:
•contribute and innovate in a variety of creative employment fields
•develop creative entrepreneurship and competency in the creative industries
•work both as creative individuals and as part of a team
•benefit from experiential learning opportunities in facilitation, collaboration and leadership
•enhance their own sustainable professional practice in a way that incorporates an ethos of self-directed and life-long learning
•nurture visual awareness, literacy and critical faculties in order that they may consider, for example, aspects of form, semantics, human factors, business and professional practices, sustainability issues and cultural influences in the construction and development of creative practice skills and solutions
•deliver confident written, oral, practical, physical and research skills that demonstrate knowledge and understanding of creative practice industries in a wide variety of professional contexts.
All students will enrol on one of the Masters programmes. By the end of Semester One students must choose their Specialism Pathway and may change their Programme Pathway. This must be completed formally through the submission of a comprehensive research proposal and agreed with the Programme Coordinator and Supervisor.