Irish World Academy MAs Now Open for Applications

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick

Irish World Academy MAs Now Open for Applications

Apply to study Community Music or Festive Arts by 31 May.

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick is currently accepting applications for its MA Community Music and MA Festive Arts. The initial deadline is 31 May 2018.

One of 17 Master’s degrees at the Academy, the MA Festive Arts programme (one year, full-time) was the winner of the ‘Best New Course’ Award at the 2015 GradIreland Awards, and focusses on the range of skills around the production of festivals, including arts management, curation, funding, project management, marketing and community engagement. Students have the opportunity to undertake independent study on a topic of their choice.

The director of the course is Dr Niamh Nic Gabhann, whose current research focusses on art and architecture in Ireland, exploring concepts of space, memory, performance and body. Past students of the programme include directors, programme managers and freelance arts project managers. For further information about the MA Festive Arts, visit 

Studying Community Music Skills
The MA Community Music (one year, full-time) combines research and practice to develop community music facilitation. Combined with practical music skills, participants in the programme examine issues around arts management and policy, the historical context of community music-making in Ireland and abroad, and undertake independent study on a topic of their choice.

The course is directed by singer, vocal tutor and community musician Dr Kathleen Turner – recently announced as the recipient of the 2017/2018 Jerome Hynes fellowship in arts leadership – and past students of the course have gone on to become music tutors, music facilitators at care facilities, and directors of community music initiatives.

For further information on the MA Community Music, visit


Discussion on Creative Industries
Next February, the two programmes will come together to host a roundtable discussion on the creative and cultural industries in Ireland, including speakers from research, practice and policy. The event will mark the Clore Leadership Programme’s visit to the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and will focus on the development of policies and programmes in these industries in Ireland. The panel will take place on 13 February 2018 at 7pm, and admission is free.

Applicants to either course can find the application requirements and upload details at After the initial deadline of 31 May, applicants can contact the course directors directly.

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance was founded in 1994 by Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and supports undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees in the areas of classical and traditional music and dance. Following Prof. Ó Súilleabháin’s retirement in 2016, Mel Mercier was appointed Chair of Performing Arts last February.

Download the full brochure for the Irish World Academy below, or visit

This news item is supported by the Irish Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.

Published on 29 November 2017

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