Course Information

The MA in Creative Arts, Producing and Curation is a one-year fulltime 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 visual 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. It also provides an optional module dedicated to writing or business. The 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.  


  • Develop skills needed to successfully run creative arts business 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 Festical and public-facing projects. 

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Programme Information

Why study this programme?

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. 

Programme Outline

All students take the following core modules 

DT6127: Producing 1

DT6131: Curation 1

DT6132: Advanced Producing and Curation

DT6129: Production and Curation Ideas Lab

DT6128: Producing and Curation Career Development

Practice-Based Dissertation

Students then choose between the following optional modules

DT6126: Writing for Theatre and Performance


DT6130: Critical Methods in Drama, Theatre and Performance

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.

Contact Us

For more information about the course, please contact:

Dr Charlotte McIvor

Director of Postgraduate Studies in Drama, Theatre and Performance


P: 091 49 2631