University of Limerick offers world’s first MA Festive Arts

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The University of Limerick’s MA Festive Arts is a one year, full-time Masters programme. It offers a comprehensive programme of study embracing the practical as well as scholarly and performance-based aspects of festival studies.

World first

Launched in 2013, the MA Festive Arts was a world first. Students also have the opportunity to apprentice with a festival. This helps them to acquire the skills related to festival coordination and design. In addition, they learn methods for the study of festival, global festivity, and aspects of festival management.

Scope of the MA Festive Arts

The MA Festive Arts programme aims to give students:

  • a foundation in theoretical as well as methodological principles relevant to the study of festival
  • practical experience in the creative development of festival-based artistic programmes and events management, as well as festival-based performance
  • an integrated context for studying a variety of performance practices
  • the skills to engage in reflexive scholarship around their own practice
  • the skills to create audio, visual and written archival documentation around identified festivals


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