Arts Administration


Arts Administration Course - Dublin

At BFEI located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin we offer a one year, QQI Level 6 course in Arts Administration.

Are you a business person who enjoys the Arts or are you an Arts Practitioner and interested in learning about the business end of your field while you continue to practice?  Do you love the Arts, are a natural organiser and would love a change of career?  Or are you interested in pursuing a degree in this field? 

This course is designed to provide you with a diverse knowledge and understanding of the Arts as well as the core skills to perform as an effective administrator in this field.

Career Opportunities

Ireland’s strong participation in the Arts is reflected in the broad range of opportunities that exist in this area. Employment opportunities for graduates include:

  • Art Galleries
  • Museums
  • Arts Centres
  • Theatres
  • Regional Arts Boards
  • Community Arts Organisations
  • Disability Arts Organisations
  • Arts Councils

Course Structure

Core Elements
  • Arts Event Management
  • Marketing Communications
  • Exhibition Techniques
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics
  • Arts and the Community
  • History and Appreciation of Art and Design
  • Work Experience
  • Course Code

  • AAD
  • Duration

  • 1 year – full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 30
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 20 approx
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days

I always had a very keen interest in the Arts over my working life and when the Arts Administration course in BFEI came to my attention, I jumped at the opportunity. I had worked in business for most of my career and decided to look for something different which would tie in with my aspirations to follow a different career path. I found the course was just what I needed to update my own skill set and give me an opportunity to compete for management roles within the expanding Arts sector both here and abroad. Having come from a business background, I really enjoyed the mix of business with the arts and also that the course was full-time for one year only. When I graduated from BFEI in 2016, the opportunity presented itself for me to continue my studies for an honours degree in Arts Management at IADT. I was accepted into second year and now find myself going down a road of higher education that was not in my original plans. It is important to follow your instincts and find something you enjoy when you set about putting your goals in place. You also need the support and back up of a strong institution who will help you to get to where you want to be. There is no doubt the path I have chosen to further my own education and career would not have been possible without the wonderful support of BFEI.

- Declan Smyth, Arts Administration Graduate, 2016 -

Support Elements
  • Study Skills
  • Career Advice and CV Preparation
  • Field Trips
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by QQI.
  • Assessment is based on a combination of work submitted during the year and exams.
  • You will be awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Arts Administration (6M3618). 

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Entry Requirements

You will need to have a QQI Level 5 qualification or equivalent.

  • Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will be invited to attend an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Information on course costs and the registration/induction process will also be provided at this meeting. 

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available. 


At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees. There are no tuition fees for EU students.


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