Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts From University of Limerick

Program Overview

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.



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee



IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90


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In the first year, you will focus and develop your own performance practice and be introduced to the critical academic engagement with classical, popular, traditional and world music and dance through a performative lens.

From second year, you will follow a stream that will reflect your main performance interest.

  • Irish music - students will undertake additional specialist modules in Irish Music and dance studies and ethnomusicology
  • Irish dance - students will undertake additional specialist modules in Irish Music and dance studies, dance studies, experiential anatomy and movement analysis, dance pedagogy
  • Contemporary Dance - students will undertake additional specialist modules in dance studies, experiential anatomy and movement analysis, dance pedagogy
  • Voice - students will undertake additional specialist modules in Vocal pedagogy and Voice studies
  • World Music - students will undertake additional specialist modules in Global Pop Music, ethnomusicology

From second year, core modules will be undertaken by all students in areas like music and dance education, ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology, professional skills, research and arts and health. You will explore areas related to your genre of performance such as music theory, keyboard skills, vocal technique, yoga, pilates, ballet technique, contemporary dance technique, movement awareness, traditional dance technique, etc. You will also be required to engage performance practices outside of your own main performance interest. You will also have the opportunity to study modules as electives taken from a broad of range of options in languages, history, sociology, performance practice, choreography, composition etc.

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenship.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)
  • Professional Performance
  • Further Study (MA, PhD)
  • Music/Dance Therapy
  • Community Music/Dance
  • Music/Dance teacher
  • Arts administration
  • Performance management and promotion
  • Backstage work in performance theatre e.g. sound engineer
  • Music Technology, e.g. recording studio producer/technician
  • Media (TV, Radio etc.)
  • Work in cultural institutions and archives


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