The Masters in Youth Arts and Sports Education is designed for creative, active, and enthusiastic people who enjoy working with young people. The course shapes innovative practitioners to engage in transformative work with young people, facilitating them to flourish, to be healthy, happy, and empowered, and to contribute to positive change in society. We welcome people with various interests, including artistic, musical, dramatic, or sports. Whatever their skill level, we want applicants who are fun-loving, open-minded, and experimental, who love learning, embrace challenge, and seek adventure. Our ethos builds on core principles of youth work practice, which are concerned with enhancing young people's wellbeing through one-to-one and group activities. Students on the course will learn how:
-to devise, deliver, and evaluate arts- and sports-based opportunities for young people that are fun, engaging, and meaningful
-to promote values of environmental sustainability through youth-centred educational activities
-to contribute to social justice and global citizenship through youth-focused professional practice
-to collaborate with young people and with like-minded practitioners to articulate and achieve common goals
-to support young people's digital wellbeing and digital creativity
-to contribute to research and policy-making relevant to young people's well-being.
The Masters in Youth Arts and Sports Education is available on a full-time or part-time basis. All students take modules to the value of 90 credits.
For full-time students, the course is delivered over one calendar year (12 months) from the date of first registration for the programme. The part-time option can be taken over two years with the course work completed in Year 1 (45 Credits) and the dissertation completed in Year 2 (45 Credits).
The core sports education module will normally take place on Wednesday evenings from 5-7pm. The core module in youth arts will normally take place in block two-days sessions (on Thursdays, Fridays and/or Saturdays) the dates of which will be organised in consultation with students at the beginning of the academic year. Students are also required to attend a week-long intensive workshop in December (Winter School). The teaching timetable for elective modules (Second Semester) will vary. Students are also required to complete a Research Dissertation and a course ePortfolio/blog. In total, full-time students will be expected to commit approximately 15 hours per week on average to include completion of elective modules, field trips, research, and research supervision.
Why Choose this course?
-This course is unique in design; many programmes focus on youth arts or youth sports, but this programme in special in combining them.
-This is an interdisciplinary course delivered by three Schools – Applied Social Studies, Education (including Sports Studies), and Music and Theatre.
You will learn from highly-skilled educators. The course team won the grad Ireland/HEA award for Ireland's Best Postgraduate Programme (Arts & Humanities) in 2017. Many of us hold Masters-level qualifications in teaching and learning and Teaching Excellence Awards.
-The values we promote – including environmental sustainability, social justice, and global citizenship – are ever more significant for living and working ethically in the 21st
-You will engage in fun, creative, active, and personally and professionally transformative activities.
-We value our students' mental and physical well-being alongside academic and professional development.
-You will be challenged to develop as a person, a professional, and a citizen.
-Whether you are a native or a newcomer, you will see Ireland from new perspectives.
You will enjoy many exciting experiences including:
-outdoor learning experiences that foreground sustainable, low-carbon living, such as kayaking, hiking, sailing, and foraging;
-making art – from miniature to large scale – that reflects on, provokes, and disrupts social norms;
-developing skills in music-making in community contexts and in theatre and performance composition and collaboration;
-experiencing Irish culture and learning to think critically about the relationship between culture, politics, and social change;
-exploring Ireland's beautiful landscape along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Students will document their experiential learning through a personal blog that will be visible to their lecturers and other students within the class group. On completion of the course, this blog will be a valuable portfolio as a digital artefact that evidences graduates' skills, values, and interests.