Course Overview

This MA/Postgraduate Diploma programme aims to build an understanding of the performing, visual and literary arts, film and new media within their contexts of culture, education and heritage. This programme is designed to enhance your organisational skills and enable you to develop policies for the arts.

Students may only apply for the MA. Those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted with relevant professional experience via a qualifying exam, or be admitted to the PDip.

NUI Galway graduates of the Higher Diploma in Arts Policy and Practice (formerly Arts Administration) are eligible to apply for the MA Dissertation Only programme. Further information is available on request.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dee Quinn, BA (History & Soc & Pol), H Dip Arts Admin, Dip Film Studies, Dioploma sa Gaeilge, MA Arts Policy & Practice. All NUIG
  • Orla Higgins, B.Comm (NUIG 1990) ,MBS (Marketing) - NUIG 1992, MA in Writing - NUIG 2008/2009
  • James Harrold, BA LLB (NUI)
  • Deirdre Ruddy, BComm FCA
  • Mary McPartlan, MA Hons (NUIG)
  • Jack Harrison, MA Folklore FAHI
  • Rod Stoneman, BA, H Dip
  • Mairead Faherty NUI Galway
  • Rachel Parry NUI Galway 

Requirements and Assessment

You will be assessed on the various modules through a combination of essays, presentations and a collaborative project. You will also be required to complete a 16,000–18,000 word minor dissertation or Curation Project as your final assessment, to be submitted in early August.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent H2.2. GPA 3.0 or international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable. Students who do not meet the honours degree requirement but have a Level 7 degree (Merit 2) may be admitted to the PDip course with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their coursework during the year.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting

MA—90, PGDip—60



PAC code

GYA60 part-time
GYA61 full-time

Course Outline

The programme provides a range of modules, balanced between practical training in specific relevant skills and analysis of policy formation in the arts. It is designed to improve your administration skills and help you to develop policy knowledge in relation to the arts. Students come from diverse backgrounds, either within the sector, such as artists, administrators or managers, or outside the sector.

The MA offers full-time and part-time options, taken over a 12- or 24-month period respectively. The year is divided into two teaching semesters (September to December and January to April). The summer period is used to complete a six-week placement and a minor dissertation.

Module work includes the production of live campus events and also participation at the TG4 Gradam Ceoil awards. Individual guest sessions are tailored to MA/PDip students.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates are employed in a range of arts organisations. Recent graduates have found employment in the Model Arts Centre in Sligo, the Arts Council, Galway International Arts Festival, Poetry Ireland and Oxford University Press. Opportunities are also available within local authorities, which have arts policies, and the education sector.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

This programme offers a valuable placement opportunity within an organisation of your choosing.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,015 (MA); €5,965 (PDip): 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€5,791 (MA); €5,741 (PDip): 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€13,250 p.a. 2015/16

M.A. EU Full time programme: €6,015
M.A. EU Part time programme:  €3,065 p.a.
P.Dip. EU Full time programme:  €5,965

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Dee Quinn | Dr Conn Holohan
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