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Arts Policy & Practice

Your Course
This MA/Postgraduate Diploma programme offers a professional qualification to those seeking to further their careers in the management, marketing and administration of the Arts in Ireland and abroad. We welcome graduates seeking to further their education in the specific area of Arts management and policy, whilst equally offering practising artists, managers and curators the opportunity to develop their managerial and administrative skills and explore contemporary cultural trends. We strongly welcome applications from those with substantial and relevant professional experience. Students come from diverse backgrounds, either within the sector, such as artists, administrators or managers, or outside the sector.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
QQI Level 8 degree or equivalent H2.2. GPA 3.0 or international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable. Students who do not meet the honours degree requirement but have a Level 7 degree (Merit 2) may be admitted to the PDip course with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their coursework during the year.

Those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted with relevant professional experience via a qualifying exam, or be admitted to the PDip. NUI Galway graduates of the Higher Diploma in Arts Policy and Practice (formerly Arts Administration) are eligible to apply for the MA Dissertation Only programme.


1 year, full-time, 2 years, part-time.

The MA offers full-time and part-time options, taken over a 12- or 24-month period respectively. The year is divided into two teaching semesters (September to December and January to April). The summer period is used to complete a six-week placement and a minor dissertation.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Graduates are employed in a range of arts organisations. Recent graduates have found employment in the Model Arts Centre in Sligo, the Arts Council, Galway International Arts Festival, Poetry Ireland and Oxford University Press. Opportunities are also available within local authorities, which have arts policies, and the education sector.

Further enquiries

Dee Quinn
T: +353 91 495 076

Dr Conn Holohan
T: +353 91 495 686


1. Placement and work experience: this programme offers a valuable placement opportunity within an organisation of your choosing.

2. Module work includes the production of live campus events and also participation at the TG4 Gradam Ceoil awards. Individual guest sessions are tailored to MA/ PDip students.

3. Extra-curricular options to engage with the wealth of talent in the local area enhance the student's experience; e.g. theatre trips, on-campus activities (Arts in Action, Múscailt), and programme placements.

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