Creative & Cultural Industries

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530
CAO Points Range 2020: 326-589
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 260

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

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.

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.

What Will I Study

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
  • Social Studies of ICT
  • Social Media & Participation

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 yearlong 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.


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, UCD Graduate, Creative Fellow and Guest Lecturer

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