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.
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.
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- Performance project
- Performance project dissertation
- Leadership and management
- Marketing management
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Deadline passed, National
- Deadline passed, EEA/EU
There is a late application procedure until 1 May. Students are advised to apply well in advance of the deadlines.
DisciplinesVisual Arts Marketing Theatre & Dance View 29 other Masters in Visual Arts in Ireland
- 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.
International10000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 10000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEA7500 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 7500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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