MD6131 Introduction to Local and Global Festivity
MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies
MD6141 Research and Discovery for Festival Studies
MD6071 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 1
MD6121 Festival Development and Production
MD6091 Professional Development for the Performing Arts
Options: students can choose one option from the list below
• MD6111 Colloquium 1
• MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
• MD6051 Independent Study 1
• MD6101 Interdisciplinary Improvisation
• MD6061 Introduction to Somatics
MD6122 Introduction to Culture and Performance
MD6112 Introduction to Curating Performance
MD6062 Critical Contexts for Arts Management & Cultural Policy
MU5092 Programming and Production
Options: students can choose three options from the list below.
• MD6102 Colloquium 2
• MD6082 Choreography for Camera
• MD6052 Independent Study 2
• MD6072 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2
• BR5001 Broadening through Awareness, Activism and the Arts
• MD6092 Introduction to Somatics
MD5522 Final Presentation
Local and Global Festivity
This module introduces students to the study of festive arts through a cross-cultural investigation of festivals based on case studies of specific local, national and international festivals focusing on questions of differences and similarities across time and space; cultural constructs of celebration; festival organisation; varieties of festival design and dynamic; festivals as reflective and / or transformative of their social and cultural contexts.
Research and Discovery
This module introduces students to appropriate methods for studying public, religious, domestic and civic festivity with particular emphasis on performative aspects of festival activities through an exploration of how people understand and narrate their participation in festivity; how scholars access, utilise and present research on celebrating events; how we listen, see, interview, participate, observe and document festivity through notes, photos, videos, archives and public documents; how we analysis and synthesise; how we engage with research in an ethically responsible manner.
This module provides students with a foundation in the issues surrounding festival management and sustainability, covering a range of topics including artistic programming, events management, marketing, feasibility, public relations, media, finance, security, local authorities, health and safety and audience development.
Culture and Performance
This module explores cultural and performative dimensions of festival, contextualising it within a broad range of disciplines including performance studies, cultural studies, ritual studies, material culture studies, ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology with reference to how scholars, producers, directors, managers and artists reflect on the social and physical embodiment of festivity; through an exploration of celebration, commemoration, passage-marking and other kinds of cultural and religious performances, as well as reflections on festival roles, settings, objects, audiences, performers and productions.
Programming and Production
This module provide practical experience of festival programming and production through an internship with a local, national or international festival; the student will begin the process of identifying and selecting a suitable festival site in advance of the commencement of the internship in consultation with the course director and the festival artistic director and will be expected to fulfil an internship programme which provides experience of artistic programming and curatorship; design and production; marketing and audience participation, as well as performance aspects of the festival events.
Irish World Academy Spring Elective
This module offers students the opportunity to pursue self-directed learning of an academic or performance-based project, under the guidance of the course director and an elective supervisor. The student may wish to use the elective to pursue more specialised study in his / her area of study, or to access the other areas of expertise available at the centre. These currently include Ethnomusicology, Ethnochoreology, Music Education, Community Music, Music Therapy, Irish Traditional Music and Dance Performance, Contemporary Dance Performance and other specialist research interests of faculty and doctoral researchers at the Academy.
This final presentation involves a final performance / thesis submissions or a combination of both, offered by the student as the culmination of his / her work during the course of the programme. The presentation is designed in consultation with the course director and relevant tutors In the Festive Arts programme, the Final Presentation module will include participation in a 'Festival Lab' within which students will incubate projects that will be performed as part of the lab and documented in A/V format and in the form of a 7,500 word reflexive paper.