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Education & the Arts - META

Introducing META
The Department of Arts Education and Physical Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, is once again offering its exciting new postgraduate programme in education and the arts: META (MA in Education and The Arts).

META is offered on a part-time basis over two years. It is designed for practising teachers (both primary and secondary) who have a particular interest and aptitude in the arts and education, artists who specialise in educational practice and policymakers or administrators in the arts in education.

META has a collective arts approach. It is neither an integrated arts programme nor a programme in any specific discipline and will examine the issues, practices and theories that underpin music, visual arts, dance, drama and literature in education.

In part one of the programme a range of modules will be offered via weekday evening classes (two evenings per week in the Autumn and one per week in the Spring) two intensive weekends (Spring), and a week- long summer school at Mary Immaculate College.

In part two of the programme some research seminars will take place. The remainder of the programme will consist of research and the completion of a dissertation.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a 2.2 Honours degree (at level 8) with a major subject/component in one of the following areas: Education, Visual Arts, Music, Drama & Theatre Studies, Dance, Creative Writing.

Applicants who have a degree major in other disciplines may be considered if they have substantial and relevant professional experience of the arts and education greater than three years.*

Other applicants who have substantial and relevant prior experience and/or learning may be considered.*

* Acceptance under these categories will be subject to an interview. Portfolio evidence may also be required.


2 years part-time

Further enquiries

For further information about the course, please contact: Dr Michael Finneran or Phone (061) 204976

Subjects taught

META (part-one)

Module One (9 credits)
Making meaning: knowledge and knowing in the arts and education Weekday evenings - Autumn

Module Two (9 credits)
Principles & practice of research in the arts & education Weekday evenings - Autumn

Modules Three/Six (12 credits in total)
Practice-based field research Guided Independent work – Autumn & Spring

Module Four (9 credits)
Aesthetic education in the arts: critical reflections on contemporary arts and education research and practice Two weekends - Spring

Module Five (9 credits)
Policy and advocacy in the arts and education – where do we stand? Weekday evenings - Spring

Module Six (12 credits)
Current practice and theories of teaching and learning in the arts and education Week-long summer school

META (part-two)
Modules Seven & Eight (30 credits in total)
Research & Dissertation guided by a specialist supervisor

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