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Figure Painting Weekend Workshop at Bridge Mills, Galway

12 and 13 December, 11am to 5pm | Cost: €130
The Bridge Mills, Bridge Street, Galway

An Áit Eile will bring the Realist painter Nicholas Robinson to Galway for this weekend workshop in figure painting. Working with oils and with a life model in a single pose throughout the 2 days, participants of all levels of experience will benefit from expert advice that will hone your life drawing skills and develop your understanding of form. One-on-one instruction is provided, tailored to each persons stage of development.

For more information please visit: for Creative Practices – Training Opportunities

The Centre for Creative Practices have a number of Learning opportunities for both the arts and creative sectors this Autumn & Winter 2015

So if you are looking to get a head-start or kick your career onto the next level then we have just the learning opportunities for you.  We have a wide range of courses / workshops / projects and resources designd specifically for people working in the arts or creative sectors to help you move forward in your career.

If you need any help or advice then please 01 2544075 or email us, we are here to help.

Visual Artists Ireland: » VAI Professional Development Training - 2015

Full details of workshops, events, and Visual Artists Cafés are available on the website under Professional Development 

Leitrim Sculpture Centre

New Line, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim

Full Workshop Programme at

Arts Courses at Newtownbarry House

The fully equipped Artists Studio is in the old Kitchen of Newtownbarry House. It has beautiful light from its two roof light windows making it an excellent painting and drawing studio. It has easels, a room with sinks and a separate room for painting boards or still life. It can accommodate 12 people on the art courses. It also has a separate room for lunch and discussions. Newtownbarry also offers B&B with a delicious dinner for anybody who wishes to stay. There are also plenty of opportunities to do landscape painting or drawing around the grounds and parkland of the house.

For details, please download the PDF of New Studio Programme 2010 (approx 1mb).

For more details check out

Courses & Workshops at Gallery of Photography Ireland

Please find a list of our scheduled courses until September below. We also offer One to One training, which can be tailored to suit your photographic requirements. For bookings or further information please email us at or phone us on 01 6714654.

Creative Writing Course at Venues Across Ireland

Course available at venues across Ireland

Writing for Publishing is the title of a new educational initiative being spearheaded by The Manuscript Publisher and designed specifically for authors, writers, independent publishers. It aims to equip authors and writers with both the tools and the skills necessary to write and reach a public audience in today’s publishing environment.

It is a creative writing course for the modern publishing age, emphasising the all -important connection between writing and publishing: how one informs the other and how the two operate in today’s era of digital media and mass communication. Prospective authors and writers will learn how to develop their writing skills with a view to getting published. They will learn to seek out, identify and take advantages of writing and publishing opportunities that present themselves.

A complete course outline, including contact details and how to book a group seminar or presentation is available from the Writing for Publishing website –

RIAM Diploma in Community & Group Music Teaching

The RIAM is delighted to present our Diploma in Community & Group Music Teaching programme. This Diploma is unique to the RIAM and is our way of supporting the vision of Music Generation of bringing music education to every community in Ireland with the generous support of U2 and the Ireland Funds.

The prospectus outlines a range of information from entry requirements, application procedures to assessments and academic components.  The aim of the programme is to equip musicians with the attitude and skills required to teach effectively in the community and classroom setting.

If you require any further information please contact the General Office.


The Department of Arts Education and Physical Education in association with the Department of Music offer this specialised MA degree in Music Education. The degree involves an exploration of music teaching and learning processes from a range of social science perspectives and involves interdisciplinary studies in Education, Music and other related fields.

Who the course is for?

Anyone with an interest in music education including:

teachers (at primary, post-primary and music school/college levels)


community/outreach workers

curriculum support personnel

professional/community musicians

How long is the course?

A one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme that requires completion of six modules and a dissertation

Are there entry requirements?

Applicants will normally hold either:

a) an honours primary degree with Music along with a post-graduate qualification in Education, or

b) an honours primary degree in Education with Music.

Applicants with equivalent, appropriate qualifications along with relevant professional experience may also be considered on a case by case basis.

How do I apply?

Please read application guidelines on the postgraduate application page.

You must fill in an application form which can be accessed from:

Admissions Office ,
Student Services
Mary Immaculate College,
South Circular Road,
Tel: +353 61 204348
Tel: +353 61 204348

Or you can access the form here.

Further information on the course is available from:

Dr Ailbhe Kenny,
Course Coordinator,
Mary Immaculate College,
South Circular Road,
Tel: +353 61 774721



The MA in Art and Design Education is a blended part-time programme that runs over two years.

The programme operates online through networked platforms with college-based seminars and workshops held during eight days over the two years. The next intake is September 2014 and applications from both national and international candidates are currently being accepted.

The programme is designed to meet the need for critically focused advanced-level study for art and design teachers within the contexts of professional in-career development and life-long learning; extend teachers’ learning in areas of creative art and design practice, research and teaching within an online community of practice; make learning experiences available to teachers that take advantage of Web. 2.0 technologies. The programme provides a platform to network with peers and agencies for the advancement of professional skills, personal capabilities and educational innovation and change in the field of art and design, and to provide teachers with pioneering learning and teaching processes that place a premium on contribution, collaboration, responsibility and autonomy.

This is a new type of MA programme, one that embraces new ideas about learning and the kinds of active social spaces that can be nurtured online. By stressing the importance of fostering a learning community of art and design teachers the new programme endeavors to meet the challenge of providing authentic educational experiences that expose participants to a rich network of content and dialogue.

For further information contact programme leader Maria Finucane (

MFA at the Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster: Call for Applications

The two-year MFA at the Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster seeks to attract outstanding and highly motivated applicants. The MFA was established 1979, is based in Belfast and has a long and proven track record of providing a rigorous studio-based programme with access to the expertise of a core staff of nationally and internationally recognised visiting artists. Within the studio and wider environments the diversity of teaching input by staff and visiting artists reflects the range of approaches and contexts embraced.

We recognise contemporary Art practice as being open and pluralistic and encourages dialogue between diverse disciplines. A multi-disciplinary/ inter-media approach enables students to work in a flexible manner that offers the maximum opportunity for individual practice. Students are asked to engage with systems of enquiry that explore and embrace traditional exhibition formats alongside wider models of production, distribution and dissemination. Critical discourse on practice with an emphasis on analysis and self-reflection contributes to an understanding of contemporary art located within a larger cultural, social and political context.

The MFA supports committed, critically engaged and sustainable professional practice.

The 2010 Turner Prize was won by MFA graduate Susan Phillipsz (1994). Other nominated graduates include Phil Collins, Cathy Wilkes and Christine Borland. Graduates of the MFA have been substantially represented over the years in other high profile events and prizes, including the Venice Biennale, Becks Futures, The Nissan Art Award, New Contemporaries, The John Moores Prize and the Glenn Dimplex Award. Two graduates have been awarded the highly competitive Paul Hamlyn Award. Film production, art writing, gallery management and curation are allied areas where graduates have also been internationally successful.

Deadline: The application process has rolling deadline however we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible as places are allocated to suitable candidates on a first come basis.

For full details see:


MA Art in Public: University of Ulster, Belfast Campus

The MA Art in Public has evolved from current complex concerns for the role of art / artists in a changing society. The MA focuses on a wide set of contexts, it is based in and responds to Belfast, where engaged art practices have been developed in various “public” spaces for many years.

The programme seeks to develop testing modes of working that are dialogic, participatory, interventionist or collaborative in intention and structure.

Throughout the programme students will work with formal / informal external partners and be expected to develop self initiated, innovative practice based approaches.

The programme is run full-time over 3 semesters – a period of 18 months including a summer break. Part-time it is run over a 3 year period.

More details here:

The deadline is ongoing.

Postgraduate and Part-Time Programmes in IADT Dun Laoghaire
IADT: Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology have postgraduate and part-time programmes in the following areas: • Business: Postgraduate Diploma in Business in Cultural Event Management. • Humanities: -MA in Public Culture Studies. -Certificate in Creative Writing. -Certificate in Citizenship and Society. • Visual and Media Arts: MA in Visual Arts Practices. MA in Screenwriting for Film and Television | MA in Broadcast Production for Radio and Television.  IADT is also offering a number of scholarships for Masters by Research on the basis of research proposals in Creative Arts and Media, and Public Cultures / Entrepreneurship. More information on , or contact our Admissions Office on (01) 239 4621 or at


Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing - American College Dublin in association with the Irish Writers' Centre

A one-year course examining the process and composition of prose fiction.

Critical workshops and one-on-one mentoring guide students to complete a novel or short story collection.

The creative writing process considered from intellectual, psychological, economic, and cultural angles.

Seminars presented by agents and publishers emphasise the professional environment of writing.

Master classes by established writers.   

You can find full details of the MFA in Creative Writing here 

American College, Dublin, a constituent college of Irish American University, is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

For Further discussion and advice on the programme and guidance on submitting: 01-676-8939 ADMISSIONS@AMCD.IE  

Center for Culture Diplomacy Studies

The Centre for Cultural Diplomacy Studies runs conferences, academic programs and professional training sessions. 
To view the recently announced ICD calendar of programs and events for 2015, please Click Here

The Festival Academy launches new Festival Production Management Training

Module I in Antwerp, Belgium, 20-23 January 2016

Make use of a unique opportunity to meet colleague production managers - young and new leaders - from various festivals. Exchange innovative ideas and create partnerships with your peers. And be guided by experienced production managers. The Festival Production Management Training enables you to discover new ways of working with artists and of handling the practical side of festival management.

A comprehensive professional training in three modules:

Module I: a 3-day workshop with practical study visits and focus on the exchange of experiences

Module II: a 1-week practical, hands-on placement at a festival

Module III: a 2-day concluding session

The Festival Production Management Training is a new format of The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA). It focuses especially on production management in terms of realising and implementing the vision of the artistic director. The training looks at the practical side of this process, with special attention given to working with artists. Participants will meet and exchange with experienced production managers and artists, including set designers, light designers, conductors, choir leaders etc. The training is set up as a long-term programme which explores all phases of producing an artistic work: a programme with 3 modules spread over a period of one or more year(s). 

Programme details

Application deadline: 31 August 2015

Module I: 20-23 January 2016, Antwerp, Belgium

Fee  Module I: 1.150,00€ (EFA members: 950,00€; detailed information on fees for the 3 modules here)

Procedure: submit the Application Form including motivation letter; 25 applicants will be selected and invited to participate in all 3 Modules

Detailed information:



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