Taught course

Festive Arts

University of Limerick · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold an honours undergraduate degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) and/or substantial experience of an appropriate arts practice, evidencing a record of achievement equivalent to a high honours degree, as per UL’s APEL policy. In all cases, the application process will include an interview and audition.

Months of entry


Course content


The Irish World Aademy of Music and Dance has been Ireland’s premier centre for music and dance performance education since its foundation twenty years ago. In keeping with its cutting edge reputation, the Academy is pleased to announce its first programme to expand beyond music and dance and embrace a wide spectrum of performance practices under the umbrella of ‘festive arts’.

The MA Festive Arts is a one year, full-time Masters offering a comprehensive programme of study embracing practical, scholarly and performance-based aspects of festival studies. Students will have the opportunity to apprentice with a festival towards the acquisition of skills related to festival coordination and design, as well as being introducing to methods for the study of festival, a survey of global festivity, and aspects of festival management.

The MA Festive Arts joins a suite of ten taught Masters programmes at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, which also offers two undergraduate programmes (BA Voice and Dance; BA Irish Music and Dance Performance), as well as doctoral-level research opportunities and a structured PhD programme in Arts Practice. The MA Festive Arts programme has a special relationship to the MA Community Music programme with which it will develop shared areas of study.

The MA Festive Arts programme aims to:

  • provide students with a strong foundation in theoretical and methodological principles relevant to the study of festival.
  • provide students with practical experience in the creative development of festival-based artistic programmes, events management, and festival-based performance.
  • provide an integrated context for studying a variety of performance practices.
  • provide students with the skills to engage in reflexive scholarship around their own practice.
  • provide students with the skills to create audio, visual and written archival documentation around identified festivals

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the Universities English Language Requirements. Please visit http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/non-european-applicants for the list of requirements

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60

Course contact details

Dr Niamh NicGhabhann