Find Out More about NUI Galway's New MA in Creative Arts

21 May 2019

This autumn, NUI Galway will offer a new MA in Creative Arts: Producing and Curation as part of the ongoing partnership between the University and Galway International Arts Festival.

Read this interview with Dr Charlotte McIvor, head of discipline in Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway, to find out everything you need to know about the course.

What is the MA in Creative Arts: Producing and Curation?
A one- year intensive programme in Producing and Curation through which students will gain the skills needed to successfully run creative arts events and careers through intensive modules. You will engage in practical experience in the classroom, contribute to university programming including Arts in Action, undertake an internship placement, and participate in GIAF’s SELECTED! Programme.

Who is this MA for?
This MA is aimed at those who are beginning their career in these fields and/or are looking for structure and depth in bringing their working practice to the next level after some time in the creative industries. As the programme will be so individually focused and working through such interdisciplinary fields, we look forward to welcoming students from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and artistic practices.

Who teaches on this MA?
You will work with staff in Drama and Theatre Studies based in the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance. These will include Marianne Kennedy, Patrick Lonergan, Mary McPartlan, Catherine Morris, and Máiréad Ní Chróinín

Marianne Kennedy is a lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies and Head of Production and Curation in the discipline. She is a theatremaker with 20 years professional experience as a producer and director in the Performing, Irish language and Traditional Arts.

Patrick Lonergan is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at National University of Ireland, Galway and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. A theatre critic, journalist, and scholar with decades of experience, he has edited or written eleven books on Irish drama and theatre.

Mary McPartlan is a lecturer in the Creative Arts and is the Traditional Artist in Residence at NUI Galway. She is the Creative Director of the hugely successful Arts in Action programme and a high profile professional singer who has produced three acclaimed albums.

Catherine Morris is a Fellow in Drama and a Lecturer in Culture, Community and the University. She has curated exhibitions in Ireland and the UK including with IMMA, the National Library of Ireland and at Central Library during Liverpool’s Biennial. Her work focuses on non-textual forms of cultural production and feminist national theatre practice.

Máiréad Ní Chróinín is a theatre practitioner and academic, with a background in project management and is currently the Druid Artist in Residence. She is an experienced producer in the fields of independent Irish theatre, festivals and international projects through her work with Moonfish Theatre and Galway Theatre Festival. She has worked on projects funded by, among others, the Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Creative Europe and Galway 2020.

Why partner with GIAF to deliver this programme?
GIAF’s breadth of programming and current working model under the leadership of Paul Fahy and John Crumlish are the direct inspiration for our new MA programme. They constantly trouble the relationship between the local and the international through their programming, push formal boundaries between art forms, bring art to diverse audiences, and emphasise education and the training of emerging artists through programmes such as the Visual Arts Internship Programme and SELECTED!. We hope to produce graduates who will follow in their footsteps and build on their experience to forge new paths in Ireland and internationally through practicing the skills of producing and curation.

Why do this MA now?
Galway in 2020 will be European Capital of Culture; this presents a unique opportunity to engage with international artists and cultural practitioners during this time and to develop a language and set of practice-based skills in producing and curation while Galway’s cultural offerings are being showcased on an unprecedented global platform.


Some places still available for programme commencing autumn 2019. Click here more information and to apply.