Master On Campus


American College Dublin

24 months
10000 EUR/year
7500 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This MFA in Performance program at American College Dublin provides a student with an advanced introduction to the challenges and possibilities of organizing and presenting a public professional performance. Based around the development of a substantial live performance, the program also offers supervision on an agreed dissertation topic and two courses in management and marketing.


The core of the MFA in Performance programme at American College Dublin is the performance project. Under faculty supervision, the student is required to devise or identify a suitable recital, concert performance, or other approved live performance work, oversee the development of the project (original or adapted), arrange for rehearsal, directing and performance of the piece, and manage, market and produce a recorded public performance of the work.

The student may be involved in all areas of the performance as musician, singer, dancer, writer, director, actor, technician, or engage others to assist in some or all of them. All aspects of the production, including the decision making that went into choosing the piece, a literary critical analysis of the program content and a critical review of the performance, are documented in a substantial (10,000 words) dissertation. 

Career Skills

A graduate of the program will have demonstrated a superior ability to create, manage and deliver a substantial professional public performance. Along with the academic courses, the skills developed in the making of the performance project and the dissertation portfolio will provide the graduate with an enhanced understanding of the practical and artistic requirements of producing a substantial live performance. These skills and abilities, along with the dissertation that demonstrates mastery of them, provide an excellent platform for the development of a career in the performing arts industry and education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Performance project
  • Performance project dissertation
  • Leadership and management
  • Marketing management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is a late application procedure until 1 May. Students are advised to apply well in advance of the deadlines.


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Entry to the program is decided on the basis of an interview, an audition in the applicant’s area of expertise, and the submission of a portfolio of work demonstrating the applicant’s experience and skills in the field in which the applicant proposes to work. 
  • An undergraduate degree is not required for entry to the program, though one may be cited in the application portfolio in support of the application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7500 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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Updated over a year ago

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