Creative Arts at NUI Galway

NUI Galway is a leading international centre for the creative arts, with strong specialisms in Drama, Film, Creative Writing, Digital Media, Publishing and more. We offer unique and innovative courses at undergraduate, MA and PhD level, including practice-based PhDs – and we place strong emphasis on blending academic skills with practical experience.

Our programmes are based on world-leading research, with all classes taught by leading academics and practitioners, and our courses are underpinned by strong partnerships with the creative arts sector, notably with such institutions as Druid Theatre, the Abbey Theatre, Galway International Arts Festival, and more. Students on many of our programmes have opportunities to take internships with these and other groups.

Film Studies

In September 2008, the Huston School commenced its first undergraduate degree programme: BA (Connect) with Film Studies. This offering is unique in Ireland, allowing students to pursue a traditional double-subject Bachelor of Arts degree with an extra specialisation in Film Studies.

The strength and diversity of the Huston's programme is linked with Galway city's far flung fame as a unique centre of culture and creativity. The presence in the school of so many interrelated courses, in a city of so much creative industry, enhances the experience of students of each individual programme. Read more about the course here


NUI Galway is the leading international centre for the study of Irish theatre and offers students and researchers exciting opportunities to learn from excellent lecturers and leading theatre practitioners. We offer a range of courses in the area of drama and theatre at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We have particular expertise in Irish theatre, theatre archives, playwriting, and much more.

We have a range of courses, including two undergraduate courses (the BA in Drama and Theatre and a BA Connect with Performing Arts Studies). PhD applications are also being accepted.

NUI Galway also has one of the world's most important collections of Irish theatre archives, including the digital Abbey Theatre archive, the papers of such major Irish companies as Druid Theatre, Galway Arts Festival and the Lyric Players' Theatre, the papers of leading writers such as Thomas Kilroy, and many others.

Cultural Connections

NUI Galway is the leading international centre for the study of Irish drama, theatre and performance. We foster an environment of creative growth and discovery through our many partners in Theatre, Music, Song & Dance, Film & Visual Arts, and Writing.

NUI Galway is an Official Lead Partner with the Galway International Arts Festival. Each year eight students on the SELECTED programme experience the festival first-hand by working with the GIAF production team on selected productions. NUI Galway have partnered with the Galway International Arts Festival introcucing a SELECTED Programme, a two-week initiative that will allow participants from NUI Galway's MA in Drama and Theatre Studies immerse themselves in all aspects of the Festival.

Learn more about our cultural connections within the community here.

Course Information

For further information on any of courses, click on the links here. Our programme directors are happy to answer any queries, and any prospective student who might wish to do so is welcome to contact us to arrange a campus visit.