Course Overview

 

New Drama MA--photo
John Crumlish, CEO of Galway International Arts Festival, with Dr. Charlotte McIvor and Megan Jane Devlin Larsen of Drama and Theatre Studies on the set of Transitions: A Spring Awakening Play, March 2019. 

This is a one-year full time Master’s programme. It defines creative producing as the practice of realising an artistic vision by putting in place the practical steps needed to deliver that vision to an audience—whether the work is in the performing arts, literature, visual arts, or an interdisciplinary area. It sees curation as the assembly and delivery of artistic experiences for audiences, whether those experiences are in the form of arts collections, digital objects on a website, or a programme of performances in a festival (among other possibilities). The programme runs these two strands throughout the academic year, ensuring students have well balanced skills in these two overlapping areas. You will also gain hands-on skills in writing about the arts and your work for public audiences.  This programme also includes a module on career development in which you carry out an internship with an arts organisation and participate in the Galway International Arts Festival’s SELECTED Programme, a bespoke programme that gives you the unique opportunity to see how Ireland’s major annual cultural event is put together. The MA programme concludes with a practice-based dissertation in which students will produce and/or curate an original artistic event for an audience and write a long reflective essay that explores the preparation for and impact of that event. 

Aims

  •  Develop skills needed to successfully run creative arts events and careers. 
  • Equip students to reflect upon and analyse the processes, policies and challenges faced within the creative arts.
  •  Enhance students’ skills in research, communication, and innovative thinking.
  •  Provide professional experience and networking opportunities through internships, placement with partner oganisations such as Galway International Arts Festival, and public-facing projects.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this programme, students will be able to: 

  • Critique key concepts and debates relating to producing and curating in the creative arts
  •  Employ a range of learnt skills in the areas of event management, networking, exhibiting, promotion, leadership, group project management, and applying for funding.
  •  Understand and implement working structures, processes and policies relating to producing and curating.
  •  Plan, develop and complete an independent practice as research project in producing and/or curating. 

Graduate attributes

Graduates of this programme will be characterised by the following attributes:

Knowledge
Have a broad knowledge of different curating and producing practices and policies from around the world and the innovations, challenges and debates current within creative arts.

Skills
Have skills in producing and curating which will include event organising, artistic programming, project development, policy implementation, managing teams, networking, exhibiting, marketing and promoting; in research methods and critical analysis; in oral and written communication; and in project design and completion.

Critical reflection
Have a critical understanding of the importance of creative arts research and creative practice, and of the need for critical analysis and reflection on the methodologies, processes and impact of these applications.

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Applicants will require a NQAI Level 8 degree, Second Class Honours, or equivalent, with a 2:1 in a related subject. Where applicants do not meet the formal academic requirements they can apply for entry through the University’s Recognition for Prior Learning Policy.  

Selection is based on a candidate’s academic record.

Applicants must submit:

  1. a professional/artistic CV, 
  2. a personal statement outlining suitability for and interest in the programme, and
  3. Two reference names are required from mentors, educators or employers. 

Who Teaches this Course

  • Marianne Kennedy (professional producing experience)
  • Mary McPartlan (professional producing experience)
  • Catherine Morris (professional curation experience)
  • Patrick Lonergan (professional writing experience)
  • Druid Theatre Artist in Residence

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants will require a NQAI Level 8 degree, Second Class Honours, or equivalent, with a 2:1 in a related subject. Where applicants do not meet the formal academic requirements they can apply for entry through the University’s Recognition for Prior Learning Policy

Selection is based on a candidate’s academic record.


Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

15

Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date webpage.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

Course code

1CAP1

Course Outline

Core modules

DT6127: Producing 1
This module builds understanding of the role of the producer and the practical skills needed to fulfil that role. It covers such areas as setting up a creative arts company, strategic planning and development, financial planning, project management, while also focusing on key case studies from the Irish arts sector. Students will enhance their understanding of the field by attending events in the Arts in Action programme on campus and other arts and speaker events followed by a talk with the relevant producer or performer. 

DT6131: Curation 1
This module involves a practical interaction with the university’s collection of archives and art collection and a weekly examination of key case studies from around the world. There will be regular visits to key cultural venues within Galway and (from time to time) elsewhere in Ireland; it will include international engagement with arts practitioners from around the world through the use of digital resources. 

DT6132: Advanced Producing and Curation
In this module students will explore further evolving definitions and policies of multifaceted curatorial and producing activity across arts forms. Students will develop a practice based curatorial inquiry and alternative ways of thinking, developing, and implementing artistic activities. 

DTXXX: Career Development and Fieldwork
This module has three elements. In the first, students explore key elements of professionalization (building a CV, forming a network, self-producing). In the second, which will usually happen during the period April–June, they will carry out an internship with a key arts organisation where they will gain hands-on experience in an area of interest. In July, students complete the third part of the module, when they spend two weeks participating in the Galway International Arts Festival SELECTED programme, which requires them to attend key events in the Festival and to go backstage and enjoy talks with key practitioners. 

DT6129: Production and Curation Ideas Lab
In this module, students work through phases of developing a project that will aim to find innovative solutions to key problems in the creative arts. Established methodologies for working through a project from an idea to its realization are explored through weekly seminars and practical sessions. While the module involves the development of key skills (structuring workshops, pitching for a project) and critical thinking it will also place strong emphasis on learning through doing. There will be a presentation of the project at the end of the semester.  The project developed may form the basis for the larger project explored in the practice-based dissertation. 

Practice-Based Dissertation
The dissertation project has three elements :

  • Proposal and pitch—in the middle of semester two, students must complete a pitch proposal for their practice-based project.
  • Practice-based project
  • Reflective element—students complete a 9,000 word reflective dissertation that places their practice-based project and its outcomes in appropriate contexts (e.g. historical, theoretical, cultural).
Optional modules

You will choose between:

DT6126: Writing for Theatre and Performance
This module involves a weekly writing workshop that builds skills in writing across the creative arts. Students will create a portfolio of writings that include formulating an artistic statement, applying for funding, building a social media persona, creative arts reviewing, blogging, monitoring and evaluation, and communications.

DT6130: Critical Methods in Drama, Theatre and Performance
This module aims to develop students’ critical approaches to writing about theatre and performance.  Different modes of ‘seeing,’ analyzing, writing about performance from semiotics to reception theory will be introduced and examined. Students will confront in class discussion and in essays issues related to writing on theatre such as the role of the critic, gender, globalisation, and technology as well as the theoretical perspectives of postmodernism, psychoanalysis and theatre historiography.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required DT6100: Dissertation


15 months long | Credits: 30

Students carry out a research project, through theatre practice and/or conventional library or archive-based research. They will produce a work of original research on any aspect of Drama, Theatre and/or live performance.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Carry out an independent research project on a topic in the area of drama, theatre, performance
  2. Access and analyse relevant research materials in print and digital format in libraries, public institutions, digital resources, and/or archives
  3. Make use of research conventions in relation to citation and bibliography, in line with best international practice.
  4. write an extended work of up to 15,000 words on an original topic.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module DT6100: "Dissertation" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required DT6131: Curation 1


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module involves a practical interaction with the universities collection of archives and art collection and an exploration of key case studies from around the world. There will be visits to key cultural venues.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify a range of roles and professional areas in the field of curation.
  2. Exhibit knowledge of the scope and interrelationship of major organisations in the field of curatorial arts practice in and outside of Ireland.
  3. Create and implement a plan for individual professional development in the fields of curation in the field of creative arts.
  4. Critically reflect on a site visit with an organization in the field of curatorial arts practice.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Ways of Curating" by Hans-Ulrich Obrist,Asad Raz̤ā
    ISBN: 0241950961.
  2. "Cultures of the Curatorial" by Bismarck, Beatrice von, Jörn Schafaff and Thomas Weski (eds),
    ISBN: 978193410597.
    Publisher: Sternberg Press
The above information outlines module DT6131: "Curation 1" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required DT6127: Producing 1


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module builds understanding of the role of the producer and the practical skills needed to fulfil that role. It covers such areas as understanding how to set up a company, engaging in strategic planning and development, financial planning, project management, while also focussing on key case studies from the Irish arts sector. Students will attend events in the Arts in Action programme on campus and other arts and speakers events with talks from relevant producers or performers.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Engage with the role of the Creative Producer as creative, financial, administrative, technical and promotional lead of an artistic project or event.
  2. Understand the steps of successful Project management from concepts and contracts, to monitoring and evaluation
  3. Write a strategic plan for an organisation or collective, that is both costed and viable.
  4. Understand the steps of setting up an artistic company or collective through researching case studies and business models.
  5. Plan and cost a 'season' of artistic events.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "So You Want to be a Theatre Producer?" by James Seabright
    ISBN: 9781854595379.
  2. "Introduction to Arts Management" by Bloomsbury
    ISBN: 978147423979.
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
The above information outlines module DT6127: "Producing 1" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required DT6129: Producing and Curation Ideas Lab


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

In this module, students work through phases of developing a project that will aim to find innovative solutions to key problems in the creative arts. Established methodologies for working through a project from an idea to its realization are explored through weekly seminars and practical sessions. While the module involves the development of key skills (structuring workshops, pitching for a project) and critical thinking it will also place strong emphasis on learning through doing. There will be a presentation of the project at the end of the semester. The project developed will form the basis for the larger project explored in the practice as research dissertation.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Develop a critical understanding and engagement with key theoretical frameworks and methodologies.
  2. Application of methodologies and theories in the field of creative arts in the development of an idea to its realisation.
  3. Develop a pitch presentation that persuasively communicates ideas with a foundation in implementation strategy.
  4. Write a research plan for larger practice as research project.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
  • Oral, Audio Visual or Practical Assessment (50%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "New Media in the White Cube and Beyond" by Christiane Paul
    ISBN: 9780520243972.
  2. "Why are artists poor?: The Exceptional Economy of the Arts" by Hans Abbing
    ISBN: 9053565655.
    Publisher: Leiden University Press
  3. "Performance Theory" by Richard Schechner
    Publisher: Routledge
  4. "Art and its Institutions: Current Conflicts, Critique and Collaborations" by Nina Montmann
    Publisher: Black Dog Publishing
The above information outlines module DT6129: "Producing and Curation Ideas Lab " and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required DT6128: Producing and Curation Career Development


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module has three elements. In the first, students explore key element of professionalisation (building a Resumé and profile, forming a network, self-producing). In the second, which will happen during the period immediately after teaching, they will carry out an internship with a key arts organisation where they will gain hands-on experience in an area of interest. In July, students complete the third part of the module, when they spend two weeks participating in the Galway International Arts Festival SELECTED programme, which requires them to attend key events and talks in the Festival with practitioners.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Present themselves as professionals in their chosen field through (CVs, Bios, online presence).
  2. Engage in long range and short term career planning.
  3. Learn how to plan marketing and public relations strategies.
  4. Activate networks relevant to their own particular area of interest.
  5. Complete an internship in an artistic company researched by the student.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "And Then, You Act" by Anne Bogart
    ISBN: 9780415411424.
    Publisher: Psychology Press
  2. "Letters to a Young Artist" by Anna Deavere Smith
    ISBN: 9781400032389.
    Publisher: Anchor
  3. "So You Want to be a Theatre Producer?" by James Seabright
    ISBN: 9781854595379.
    Publisher: Nick Hern Books
    Chapters: 15
The above information outlines module DT6128: "Producing and Curation Career Development " and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required DT6132: Advanced Producing and Curation


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

In this module students will explore further evolving definitions and policies of multifaceted curatorial and producing activity across art forms. Students will develop a practice based curatorial inquiry and alternative ways of thinking, developing, and implementing artistic activities in association with a range of partners including the Arts in Action University programme and GIAF and the university’s unique digital arts archives and exhibitions programme.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply curatorial and / or producing knowledge through directed project by a creative arts practitioner.
  2. Explain key creative arts policies and implementation.
  3. Critically reflect on practical approaches and processes of curation and producing.
  4. Work in group and to take leadership within specific roles.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s)" by Paul O'Neill
    ISBN: 9780262529747.
    Publisher: Mit Press
  2. "Waarom Zijn Kunstenaars Arm?" by Hans Abbing
    ISBN: 9053565655.
    Publisher: Leiden University Press
  3. "How to Do Things With Art: What Performativity Means in Art" by Von Hantelmann
    Publisher: JRP Ringier and Les Presses du Réel
The above information outlines module DT6132: "Advanced Producing and Curation" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional DT6126: Writing about Theatre and Performance


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module explores the theory and practice of writing about and for theatre. It focusses on reviewing, blogging, memoir, biography, and other forms of writing about theatre. Classes feature practice-based workshops.

Learning Outcomes
  1. review live performance for publication in print or online.
  2. work on reconstructing performance through the use of archival resources
  3. Understand the distinction between writing for specialist and non-specialist audiences, and apply that distinction in the composition of reviews and other forms of writing.
  4. Apply the skills of giving editorial feedback to peers both in person and in writing.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "How Plays Work" by David Edgard
  2. "Writing for Theatre." by Mark Fisher
The above information outlines module DT6126: "Writing about Theatre and Performance" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional DT6130: Critical Methods in Drama, Theatre and Performance


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This course aims to develop students’ critical approaches to writing about theatre and performance. Different modes of ‘seeing’, analysing and writing on performance from semiotics to reception theory will be introduced and examined. Students will confront in class discussion and in essays issues related to writing on theatre such as the role of the critic, gender, globalisation and technology as well as the theoretical perspectives of postmodernism, psychoanalysis and theatre historiography. There will be visits to the theatre regularly (tickets will be provided) and students will be asked to write reviews and performance analysis of these productions. The course is ideally suited to those who wish to develop their writing and research skills, or to people who wish to develop careers in theatre criticism or research.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Survey approaches to analytical writing in the field of theatre and performance studies.
  2. Develop skills of literary and theoretical close-reading working with texts and performances in the field of theatre and performance studies.
  3. Experiment with a range of modes of analytical writing in the field of theatre and performance studies.
  4. Confront through class discussion and essay assignments the role of the critic, gender, globalisation and technology as well as the theoretical perspectives of postmodernism, psychoanalysis and theatre historiography.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies" by Christopher B. Balme
    ISBN: 0521672236.
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  2. "Theatre Audiences" by Susan Bennett
    ISBN: 0415157234.
    Publisher: Psychology Press
  3. "The Transformative Power of Performance" by Erika Fischer-Lichte
    ISBN: 0415458560.
The above information outlines module DT6130: "Critical Methods in Drama, Theatre and Performance" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Further study opportunities
Depending on subjects studied at undergraduate level, graduates of the MA will be eligible to apply for PhD in a variety of arts and humanities disciplines and will also have opportunities for doctoral studies in practice-based research. 

Career opportunities for graduates
Graduates will be able to follow employment opportunities in museums, galleries, libraries, arts centres, arts festivals, cultural centres and producing for theatre companies, arts organisations, arts festivals, and state sponsored arts bodies.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,400 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€6,176 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€15,500 p.a. 2019/20

Find out More

Dr Charlotte McIvor
Head of Discipline
Drama and Theatre Studies
T: +353 91 492 631
E: charlotte.mcivor@nuigalway.ie

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