|Degree:||Master of Arts (MA)|
The Yeats Academy are now offering a range of Masters programmes in 17 creative disciplines. We have called these ‘Pathway Specialisms’.
Pathway Specialisms offered include:
Once you decide your Pathway Specialism, you can decide from one of two ways to undertake your Masters study.
You can complete the course in a minimum of 3 Semesters (15 months) or take a maximum of up to 5 years in a part-time mode. Both programmes are structured similarly, they are both 90 credits and they both share 30 credits of taught modules and have 60 credits of 1:1 supervised research. The major differentiator between the two programmes is the research approach in the supervised element.
The Master of Arts in (Specialism) will be Research-Led/Based and will provide students with the opportunity to conduct advanced enquiry into a research question. The student may employ a wide range of research methods derived from the social sciences or the arts to address concerns that are encountered in their creative field/industry. The student has a choice of assessment modes:
The Master of Arts in (Specialism) through Creative Practice provides students with the opportunity to pursue advanced enquiry into creative disciplines through practice. The focus is on the development of the student’s own creative work. The student’s dissertation will be split between a practice component (60%) accompanied by a written element (40%) of 9,000 - 12,000 words.
So in summary, the Master of Arts in Specialism (through Research) allows for a practice-led industry based research element, whilst the Master of Arts through Creative Practice uses applied practice as the primary research method.
Both programmes are designed as Level 9 Masters study for applicants who already hold an Honours Degree in a cognate area.
The Masters programmes acknowledge the importance of responding to the communities they serve providing economic and cultural benefits both regionally and nationally. A vibrant and productive creative industry sector is fundamental to economic growth and prosperity across all sectors of Irish society, as well as having a key role to play in the creation and sustaining of personal, local and national identity and cultural expression.
This programmes aims to offer you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate mastery in the theory, methods and practice of applied research within the creative industries. Study undertaken at Masters level explores aspects of knowledge at the forefront of an academic or professional discipline. You will be expected to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, and to gain understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research. You will be able to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively.
This Masters programmes aims:
The MA graduate will be equipped to work and apply learning to a vast array of disciplines and professions within the Creative Industries. Unique attributes will include research and practice based skills within their chosen specialism. Transferrable skills will see the graduates as independent thinkers, critical thinkers, problem solvers, collaborators, and adaptive learners with innovative initiative
On completion, graduates will be able to:
All students will enrol on one of the Masters programmes. By the end of Semester One students must choose their Specialism Pathway and may change their Programme Pathway. This must be completed formally through the submission of a comprehensive research proposal and agreed with the Programme Coordinator and Supervisor.
A New Vision for the Irish Creative Practice Landscape
IT Sligo is located in Irelands ‘Creative West’ on the north-west coast of Ireland, on the Atlantic edge of Europe. The north-west has traced one of the most enduring lines through the history of civilisation; an area rich in ancient lore, apparent in both the physical remains of human settlement, archaeological monuments and in the lineage of storytelling passed from one generation to the next. In this evocative landscape of ever-changing light and glacially sculpted topography, the lines between history and mythology are intertwined. Through the centuries, creativity from art, architecture and design to literature and music have flourished from this region. The region has played a critical role in the works of many internationally renowned creative talents most notably in the works of William and Jack B. Yeats.
Recognising this strong creative culture, with a view to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity and promote the future growth of the creative industries in the region, IT Sligo restructured its creative programmes to bring about the formation of a new Department of Arts, Design and Architecture. This has brought all the creative disciplines that were in the past spread throughout different departments and faculties together for the first time. All programmes are delivered using a vibrant mix of studio work, critical and creative thinking, and research, and have opportunities for cross-pollination and interdisciplinary practice.
In June 2019, IT Sligo officially launched the Yeats Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture. The vision is for The Yeats Academy to be catalyst for creativity, regionally, nationally and internationally. It will provide an accessible learning experience across creative disciplines that engage with and build on the rich cultural legacy and genius loci of our region. It illuminates the value of creativity and cultural contribution to society, and seeks to make a lasting contribution, locally and globally.
We aim to:
Whilst aware of our globalised and fluid surroundings – we draw on the existing ‘spirit of place’ of the north-west where we can see a display of the important dimension and distinctive powers that our place, our landscape, our region has on artistic and creative practice of this generation – as it has to generations of creative practitioners that have come from or been drawn to this magical, mythical, magnificent place with its deep rooted history, evocative landscape, rich culture and creative spirit.
We recognise the value of Creative Culture as an asset. We acknowledge the symbiotic link between a Creative Culture, a successful economy and a thriving society. We advocate that a Creative Culture can be an engine for economic and social development and become a path for economic growth. We realise that a Creative Culture is a powerful tool to engage citizens and communities, and is intrinsic to improving quality of life and living standards and can make a real difference to people’s lives. We believe that a Creative Culture provides the best possible platform from which to pursue key social goals, such as tackling disadvantage, inequality and accessibility. We support the vision for Project Ireland 2040 - to have ‘a creative, innovative and culturally attuned society in our region, so that people, businesses and communities are equipped to further both our national economic output and our artistic endeavour.’
The Masters programmes encapsulate the vision of our new Department.
Why Study at the Yeats Academy?
This programme will allow you to: