Certificate in Music and Dance


The Certificate in Music and Dance is a level 6, progression and access based programme from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. For Academic Year 2016/17 this is offered as a full-time, one-year course. There are plans to offer this programme as a part-time two year programme and utilising blended and distance learning.  The Certificate differs significantly from other music and dance programs on offer and is a route into all of the pathways of the BA in Performing Arts here at the Irish World Academy in Contemporary Dance, Irish Traditional Dance, World Music, Voice and Irish Traditional Music.


The Certificate aims:

  • To provide access for performers to third level education who may struggle, for a variety of reasons, to engage mainstream access routes.
  • To encourage the individual to enhance both musical/ dance knowledge and performance.

The specific objectives are:

  • Students will cover 10 modules in a 1 year, fulltime programme of  lectures, seminars, workshops, and master classes.
  • Learners will develop skills in music and dance – any genre is welcome.

Programme Structure

Semester 1:

  • Performance 1A is designed to enhance the learner’s skill and knowledge in their main performance interests and associated practices.
  • Irish World Academy Practicum C1 is focused on ensemble and group work in a number of artistic contexts tied into the student’s own interests and other ‘world’ practices.
  • Critical Encounters with Irish Music and Dance.
  • Critical Encounters with World Music and Dance.
  • Reflective Practice portfolio, where the student will be asked to keep a diary throughout the course.  Here you will reflect on their learning and experiences and engage reading about performance.

Session 2:

  • Performance 2A (as 1A).
  • Irish World Academy Practicum C2 (as C1).
  • Critical Encounters with Western Art Music and Dance.
  • Critical Encounters with Popular Music and Dance.
  • Traveller Music Studies.

Career Opportunities

This qualification not only enhances performance skills, but also opens doors to further study.

  • Pathway into certain degree programmes – in the first instance, successful completion of the course to the required standard will enable students to be considered for a place in second year of the fulltime BA Performing Arts at the University of Limerick.
  • Criteria for progression will be based on a number of places available as well as relevance of performance and academic achievement on the Certificate.
  • The Certificate will provide training in music literacy, group playing and arrangement, song and dance, enabling the students to work in a variety of educational contexts, both solo and group.
  • Dancers will experience ensemble, choreography work and movement awareness.
  • This programme will develop academic, literacy and presentation skills, important for a wide range of careers.
  • The Certificate will develop students’ current performance abilities and encourage the development of new performance skills including keyboard and composition, leading to the possibility of careers as performers.
  • Opportunities in Arts administration and media are a potential career path for students.

Entrance Requirements


An interview/audition is arranged for each applicant. This must be passed in order to gain entry onto the course.

Access and Eligibility:

  • Those applying to study on the Certificate in Music and Dance must do so directly to the University, not through the CAO. Contact admissions (admissions@ul.ie).
  • Music and / or dance experience in at least one area is required.
  • Successful applicants will have successfully conducted an interview, audition and a written assignment.
  • The written assignment will consist of a 800 to 1200 word essay accounting for the applicants artistic practice to date, their motivations for applying to undertake the Certificate and their expectations of the programme.
  • In the audition the students will be given an aural test where they will be asked to write about a recorded piece of music or dance shown to them.



All enquiries in relation to admission of students should be addressed to:

Admissions Office
University of Limerick
tel : +353-61-202700
fax : +353-61-334859
email : admissions@ul.ie 
Web site: http://www2.ul.ie/web/WWW/Services/Student_Affairs/Student_Administration/Admissions/

Enquiries in relation to the course can be made to:

Niall Keegan
Director of Undergraduate Studies,
Room No: IW1.17,
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
University of Limerick,
Limerick, Ireland.

Tel: +353-61-202465
e-mail: Niall.Keegan@ul.ie






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