Master of Arts

Programme Philosophy & Vision

These new Masters programmes within the Yeats Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture are a catalyst for creativity. They provides accessible learning experiences across creative disciplines that engage with and build on the rich cultural legacy and genius loci of our region. They illuminate the value of creativity and cultural contribution to society, and seeks to make a lasting contribution, locally and globally.

There are two programme titles. The award title for graduates will include the relevant pathway specialism.

  • Master of Arts in (Specialism) through Applied Creative Practice Research
  • Master of Arts in (Specialism) through Practice-led Research

Pathway Specialisms include:

  1. Acting
  2. Architecture
  3. Architecture and Urban Design
  4. Creative Enterprise
  5. Cultural and Creative Industries
  6. Design
  7. Design & Craft
  8. Digital Arts
  9. Drama and Performance
  10. English and Literary Practice
  11. Fine Art
  12. Interior Architecture
  13. Interdisciplinary Design
  14. Music Performance Management
  15. Directing and Production
  16. Theatre Design
  17. Writing

Yeats Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture aims to:

  • Be Inquiring
  • Be Innovative
  • Be Engaged
  • Be Collaborative
  • Be Transformative
  • Be Fearless

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 promote a creative process that sets meticulous importance on the investigation and interpretation of geographical, historical, cultural and social context – one that addresses key issues of global importance such as memory, identity and sense of place, unveiling layers of the past, and uniting them with the complexities of the present to innovate for the future.

We believe that just as poetry possesses universality as well as an acutely personal sentiment, all creative disciplines provide a perspective into how we interact and how we seek meaning between ourselves and the world that surrounds us.

Delivery Mode

The programme will be delivered over 3 Semesters. Students can study in full-time or part-time mode. The delivery of taught elements will be through a mixed-mode of online, blended and face-to-face.

Entry Requirements and Student Admission

To be considered for registration as a Masters candidate, an applicant will normally have a primary degree at Second Class Honours level Grade 2 or equivalent. Candidates will be required to submit a brief (500-word) ‘Statement of Intent’ that outlines their motivation for applying and their engagement with the subject. Candidates who do not speak English as their first language are required to produce evidence that within the previous two years they have achieved an IELTS exam score of 5.5 with 5.5 in writing.

Non-standard Entry

The Institute operates a comprehensive policy and procedure in relation to the Recognition of Prior Experience or Learning. This facilitates progression from other programmes of education, and on the basis of prior experiential learning, or a combination of the two.  Special consideration may be given to candidates with over three years professional experience in a relevant field. Applicants to this programme may also be required to produce a portfolio demonstrating an equivalent qualification of a Bachelor’s degree as determined by the institute’s RPEL policies and procedures. The Institute reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.


IT Sligo has established a Masters Scholarship Fund to support students applying for either:  Taught Level 9 courses that have a Major research component (a minimum of 60% of the programme credits), or; Research Masters programmes. The Master of Arts meets this criterion.

Prospective students may apply for the following forms of support:

  1. The full EU fee value of the programme for two years.
  2. Partial EU fee value relating to the programme for two years
  3. Continuation of such support for a further two years, in the case of Research Masters candidates who have successfully transferred to PhD

How to apply

When you apply for the programme our Admissions teams will send you further information and an Application Form.

Download Scholarship Application Form

Please complete this fully and return it to our Admissions team.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications to the Scholarship Fund is the 15th July 2019.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to make awards:

  • Applications must relate to the categories of programme listed
  • Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the relevant programme
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they are not in receipt of other grant funding support for their studies
  • Applicants who can demonstrate financial imperatives will be prioritised
  • Applicants should demonstrate: in the case of taught programmes, that the qualification will benefit them personally, academically and professionally
  • Candidates outside the EU must contribute the difference between the award and the full fee liability


Up to 6 successful applicants will receive Scholarship offers before the start of the academic year.

The decision of the selection panel is final.​