Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts
† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.
If you are a musician, singer and/or dancer and wish to develop your performance skills and knowledge of your practice as well as widen both to include other forms of musical and artistic expression, this is the course for you. Applicants will be proficient performers but do not necessarily have to have a formal music and dance educational background (ie. Leaving Certificate Music or grade examinations such as those from the Associated Board, Royal Irish Academy, Royal Academy of Dance, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance etc.). Applicants will have a performance background in one or more of the following streams of the programme;
For the world music stream of the programme applicants will have an interest in developing their skills and knowledge of world music practices. Applicants will be required to show proficiency in relevant performance practices or in the case of the World Music stream, any music practice at audition.
Why study Performing Arts at UL?
This programme will allow you to develop your performance skills in one of five in areas (traditional Irish music, traditional Irish dance, contemporary dance, voice and world music). You will also be able to develop your scholarly knowledge and enquiry around your own disciplines. However, and very importantly, you will be introduced to other performance practices and scholarly traditions in order to gain new insights into the worlds of music and dance, enhancing your creative potential. You will also study a number of vocationally focused modules aimed at allowing you to translate your artistic and scholarly creativity into a fulfilling career.
As a student, you will be based at the world class, facilities of the Irish World Academy building, equipped to the highest standards with cutting edge performance and rehearsal spaces and technological infrastructure. The co-operative education period allows you to construct your own work-experience, giving you invaluable experience of the opportunities open to you when you graduate.
The programme prepares you for many different career paths including professional performance; further study; work in cultural institutions; media related posts; archival work; performance production; portfolio careers combining the preceding and others in entrepreneurial ways.