BA Humanities in Creative & Cultural Industries

2 Sep 2024
 - 26 May 2028
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BA (Hons) NFQ Level 8



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If you are interested in the performing arts, television and film, fashion, music, festivals, media, visual arts and museums — or aspire to work creatively in business, the public sector, and digital technology — this course is for you! Combining project-based work with high-level career mentorship, this new four-year course prepares students for careers in the cultural and creative industries.

Course Details

First Year

Modules in management, digital/information technology and diverse art practices focus on how culture moves from ‘page-to-stage’ and beyond, including:

The Landscape of Cultural Work
Introduction to the Business of Culture
Meet the Makers/Industry
Information, Society & Culture
Info & Social Media
Music, Film & Drama: Making, Doing, Interpreting

Second Year

You will begin to hone your individual subject specialism through option modules, whilst also picking up core modules including:

Managing Culture 2
Working with People
Law & the Arts: Copyright, Intellectual Property & Employment Law
Introduction to Digital Media Production
Producing Music, Film & Drama

Third Year

You will choose from a range of options that will enable you to broaden your horizons and enrich your academic experience; apply for a competitive internship in an area that interests you and/or relates to your area of study; study abroad for a trimester/year to develop your language skills and/or immerse yourself in a new culture; deepen your knowledge by studying a selected range of modules from arts and humanities, information and communication studies, and business.

Fourth Year

Final year students undertake a year long creative project that culminates in a showcase exhibition and presentation, evaluated by a panel of industry experts. A second core module – Managing Culture 3: Minding Your Own Business – introduces students to the nuances of pricing /costing work and promoting yourself as a creative or cultural professional.

International Study Opportunities

We offer a range of Erasmus and study abroad opportunities at UCD’s partner universities in Europe and around the world.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Building skills in teamwork, negotiation and collaboration, graduates emerge from this degree with an academic qualification, portfolio of project work and demonstrable management and production skills – highly desirable attributes for careers in the creative and cultural industries.

This course prepares students for postgraduate study in a wide diversity of fields, including media studies, ICT, business, cultural studies, cultural policy and arts management. It also deepens artform knowledge in visual culture, music, film, design and fashion.

Entry Requirements

Leaving Cert Subject Entry Requirements: O6/H7 in English, Irish and a third language and three other recognised subjects 

Other school leaving examinations

Level 5 / 6  QQI-FET

Mature entry route


This new course is an exciting development at UCD — one that’s simultaneously rigorous, supportive and flexible — poised to launch the next generation of creative dreamers, makers, producers and doers. Producing and managing creative work is a highly dynamic and fast-evolving profession. As co-founder of the production company THISISPOPBABY, we aim to create spaces for radical self-expression, underpinned by ethical and sustainable management practices.

Jenny Jennings, Co-found & Co-director of THISISPOPBABY; Artistic Director in Residence, Creative Futures Academy, UCD


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CFA Bursaries

Through our CFA programmes, we offer a range of bursaries to help you gain the in-demand skills you need to develop your career.

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