BA Performing Arts

The BA Performing Arts (Voice) is a four-year, full-time undergraduate programme designed to develop your vocal performance skills, repertoire and knowledge of your practice, as well as to include other forms of musical and artistic expression. You will also be able to develop your scholarly knowledge and enquiry around your own disciplines and genre. 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.

The first year of the course is the common entry programme shared with all the pathways (Irish Music, Irish Dance, Contemporary Dance, Voice and World Music).  However you focus from the start of this first year is on your own performance practice. Here you will focus and develop your own vocal performance practice in a number of genres and be introduced to critical academic engagement with classical, popular, traditional and world music and dance through a performative lens.

From second year onwards, you will focus on studies of the Voice. Students will undertake additional specialist modules in vocal pedagogy and voice studies.

Vocalists engaged in this course at the Irish World Academy can have experience of any of a number of vocal traditions and will be facilitated to develop further in the context of their work at the Academy.  Students can be from classical, church, popular and/or stage school contexts (among others) and will find that the core technical aspects of the programme will support their development in these contexts.  In your time here you will engage core repertoires in early, choral, classical and popular music styles, enough to broaden and deepen your approach and knowledge. The Academy has an unparalleled team of faculty and tutors who will guide and facilitate the growth of students as vocal performers and academics.

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. Tuition is provided by a faculty of excellent performers and academics, as well as industry professionals and international guest artists and researchers.

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.

Programme of Study

Programme of Study

Year 1

Semester 1

Performance 1A

Irish World Academy Practicum C1

MU4001 Critical Encounters with Music and Dance (Irish Music and Dance)

Critical Encounters with Music and Dance (World Music and Dance)


Semester 2

Performance 2A

Irish World Academy Practicum C2

MU4012 Critical Encounters with Music and Dance (Western Art Music and Dance)

Critical Encounters with Popular Music and Dance


Year 2

Semester 3

Performance 3A

Irish World Academy Practicum C3

Voice Studies: Historical and Cross Cultural Perspectives

Performing Arts Technology


Semester 4

Performance 4A

Irish World Academy Practicum C4

Vocal Pedagogy

Contextualising and Vocational Studies


Year 3

Semester 5

Co-op Placement

Semester 6 (Semester 6, Year 3 has an option for international Exchange)

Performance 5A

Irish World Academy Practicum C5

Classical Music Studies

Research Skills: Ethnomusicology/Ethnochoreology/Arts Practice


Year 4

Semester 7

Performance 6A

Irish World Academy Practicum C6

FYP Preparatory

Professional Skills


Semester 8

Performance 7A

Irish World Academy Practicum C7


Materials and Context for Vocal Performance




All Irish and EU applications (including mature applications) are processed by the CAO (  Applications from outside the European Union are processed by the international office of the University (

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 : 

Web site:

Enquiries in relation to the course can be made to:

Dr. 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





Click here for a list of scholarships available to prospective Irish World Academy of Music and Dance students.



Open Day 13th January 2018

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance invites those interested in the following programmes to join us for our Open Day on January 13th!

BA Performing Arts (Irish Traditional Music)

BA Performing Arts (Irish Traditional Dance)

BA Performing Arts (Voice)

BA Performing Arts (Contemporary Dance)

BA Performing Arts (World Music)

Meet faculty, learn about our programmes, take part in dance and music workshops, and receive advice on applying and auditioning.

Tutors on the day will include Siobhan Peoples (Irish Traditional Music), Derek Hickey (Irish Traditional Music), Dr Niall Keegan (Irish Traditional Music), Blackie O’Connell (Irish Traditional Music), Anne Burke (Irish Traditional Dance), Michael Ryan (Irish Traditional Dance), Hannah Fahey (Voice), Jean McGlynn (Voice), Dr Jenny Roche (Contemporary Dance),  Dr Grant McClay (Contemporary Dance), Professor Mel Mercier (World Music) and John Nutkepor (World Music).


10.30am – Ballet class -IW2.25

12.15pm – Introduction to the BA Performing Arts – Tower Theatre

1.10pm – Lunchtime concert featuring staff and students at the Irish World Academy – Theatre One

2-3.30pm – Workshop One (across Academy)

4-5.30pm – Workshop Two (across Academy)

To book your place, please send an email to


Enquiries in relation to the course can be made to:

Dr. 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