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Course Overview

This PgCert aims to meet a proven need for graduates with skills in creative arts management. Recent research has shown that creative arts enterprises need graduates with skills in producing, arts management, curation, marketing, and similar entrepreneurial skills. Delivered in collaboration with Galway International Arts Festival, Druid Theatre, and other University of Galway creative arts partners, this Cert will provide skills in design thinking, producing and curation, and business/management, while also offering an accredited work placement with a creative arts business. Students gain hands-on skills in practice-based modules that are delivered on-campus (with blended options available for those living away from Galway). It includes a strong focus on targeted career development; students carry out an internship with an arts organisation and participate in supervised work experience projects.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via Springboard: https://springboardcourses.ie/details/10483

Who Teaches this Course

  • Marianne Kennedy
Prof Patrick Lonergan
BA., MA., PhD.,
Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies
E: patrick.lonergan@universityofgalway.ie
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Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a primary degree in Arts, Business, or other cognate area OR have at least five years' relevant work experience in creative arts OR business/management (RPL will be available).

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


1 year, part-time

Next start date

September 2024

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Offers are made on a continuous basis.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

Module EN6142—Creative Arts Ideas Lab: This course provides practical skills development in Design Thinking, models for using creativity in business, and case studies of creative business practice including Netflix, Pixar, Romero Gaming, and others.

Module DT6132—Advanced Producing and Curation: This module provides practical skills in the fields of producing and curation, covering such areas as budgeting, marketing, management, funding and fundraising, development, and HR.

Module DT6110—Practical Work Experience: In this module, students engage in a work placement with one of the university's creative arts partners. This structured work placement will include a reflective assessment and research component, and is co-designed by industry partners.

The taught component of this programme is 30 ECTS, Course modules are assessed by a combination of essays, class projects, seminar presentations, and practice-based activities.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This programme is ideally suited to people who wish to develop skills in the area of creative arts management, and will be of relevance to people who wish to develop new opportunities in the arts, tourism, and related fields.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€3,965 p.a. (including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€3,895 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€70 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Non EU


In previous years this course has been government-funded, via Springboard scheme https://springboardcourses.ie/

Find out More

Professor Patrick Lonergan
T: +353 91 494 426
E: patrick.lonergan@universityofgalway.ie

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