The MA in Arts Management & Creative Producing provides postgraduate training in arts leadership and management as well as offering essential practical skills in event organization across a range of art forms including amongst others, theatre, opera, music, film, dance, literature, visual and performance art. Reinforcing UCC's reputation as a centre of excellence in interdisciplinary art practices, the emphasis will be on learning through professional practice. The MA is geared towards those who wish to establish themselves as international arts managers (managing theatres, arts venues and cultural organizations) and creative producers (programming, producing, curating performances, arts events, and festivals). Situated within the Department of Theatre (School of Music and Theatre) and working in collaboration with the Cork Opera House, this MA will draws on the professional experience of its teaching team including: Dr. Marie Kelly (Abbey Theatre's former Head of Casting), Eibhlín Gleeson (Chief Executive, Cork Opera House), Prof. Jools Gilson (Prof. Creative Practice, School of Music and Theatre, UCC). The programme showcases innovative teaching practices afforded through UCC's partnership with the Cork Opera House as a 'learning theatre' and the teaching team's extensive expertise and network of professional contacts within the industry.
This MA in Arts Management & Creative Producing showcases innovative teaching practices afforded through UCC's partnership with the Cork Opera House as a 'learning theatre' and the teaching team's extensive expertise and network of professional contacts within the industry. As well as taking seminars, lectures, learning through webinars (approx.10-15 hours per week), students will undertake self-directed study/research of material on modular reading lists (approx. 20-25hours per week). The programme also involves out of class time activities including field trips for theatre visits, cultural events, and for events that enable students to network with industry professionals in Cork and elsewhere. Course activities lead up to producing a professional programme (or festival) of work at the Cork Opera House in 2020. Students also take an end of term arts placement. In the course of this, students should be prepared to devote time in the evenings and at weekends for related activities such as rehearsals, previews, openings and ancillary events.
Students will be continuously assessed through a combination of written essays, class presentations, contribution and achievement in practice. A final dissertation includes practice (producing a programme of work) and a short dissertation (6,000-7,000 words).
Why Choose This Course
This MA offers a tangible link between the classroom and the professional environment offering:
• Hands-on training through UCC's unique partnership with Cork Opera House;
• Access to industry-experienced teachers and active professionals led by Dr. Marie Kelly (formerly of the Abbey Theatre, Board member Everyman Theatre, Cork, Vice-President of Irish Society for Theatre Research) and Eibhlín Gleeson, CEO Cork Opera House (formerly Chamber Choir Ireland, EMG Arts Management, John F Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts, Washington DC).
• Direct engagement with industry, e.g. producing work at the Cork Opera House in 2020.
• Learning in a culturally engaged City with several centres of excellence in teaching in the Arts: UCC School of Music & Theatre, CIT Cork School of Music, Crawford Gallery;
• Access to international mentors and lecturers via webinar technology;
• Access to Blackstone Launchpad and UCC Ignite encouraging entrepreneurship;
• Field trips, visiting lectures, symposia on producing and arts management which encourage networking and understanding of the cultural sector;
• Access to the School of Music and Theatre's range of research related activities and events including FUAIM and Perforum;
• An exit 'Placement Award' of €1,100 to the student of highest merit.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
An end of year internship is a core element of the programme, allowing students to gain experience working in an arts organization or related environment outside of that of the Cork Opera House.
On graduating an exit 'Placement Award' of €1,100 will be made to the student of highest merit.