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Creative Arts

About The Creative Arts

The Creative Arts are the ultimate form of self and cultural expression. Through the centuries, humans have used the disciplines of the creative arts to present and transmit our values, identities, ideologies and aesthetics.

At Carlow College St Patrick’s, The Creative Arts are part of several undergraduate degree programmes. You can develop skills and knowledge in a variety of areas through the modules we provide. The College specialises in Creative Writing, Film and Drama practices, offering modules true which you can develop your style and skillset in areas such as creative writing. We also provides a wide scope of academic study in the arts in subjects such as Media, Literature, Music and Cultural Studies. You can expect to work in small groups with expert tuition grounding their creative work in theory and developing practice.

Our teaching team comprises a range of published poets, authors and playwrights, artists, musicians and producers including Derek Coyle (poetry), Eoghan Smith (fiction), James Heaney (drama and fiction), Orla Ryan (media), Morgan Cawley Buckley (music), David Francis Moore (VISUAL – drama performance, arts management) and Clare Breen (VISUAL – fine art).

If you are thinking, what programme is for me? Maybe you are the creative type that wants to experience a variety of complementary art practices and studies. Alternatively, you might choose to do a small amount of creative arts compared to your other subject interests, or just study the arts as they relate to community or healthcare settings. It’s really up to what your interests are!

Partnerships & Events

The creative arts are studied through a close-knit collaborative community of College students, staff and external partners. Foremost among the College’s partnerships is with the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art. This on-campus world class arts space includes the 335-seater George Bernard Shaw Theatre and largest white cube gallery space in Ireland.  VISUAL regularly holds exhibitions, plays, screenings, concerts and readings. Their arts practitioners and industry experts work in intimate group settings with Carlow College students on a range of modules. These students take some of their lectures and workshops in VISUAL.

Extra-curricular opportunities in the arts are an integral part of the student experience at Carlow College. In partnership with Carlow County Council, the College runs an annual Writer-In-Residence programme. This programme enables the College to facilitate workshops and guest lectures with high-profile writers such as Peter Murphy (fiction), Oonagh Kearney (film), Darren Donoghue (drama/poetry), Colm Keegan (poetry); Jessica Traynor (poetry); Mick Hanley (Music). The College has, for many years, also been home to the Carlow Arts Festival, the premiere cultural event in County Carlow.

Carlow College has close collaborative ties with IT Carlow in the Creative Arts. The Here Together was a recent collaboration between our creative writing and theology students with TV and Media Production students at IT Carlow. The Annual Literary Awards are hosted at VISUAL each year celebrating creative writing talent from across the College. They have been awarded by internationally acclaimed luminaries, including Professors of Ireland Poetry Harry Clifton, Paula Meehan, and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. Prizewinners have since been published including recent poetry publications in The Irish Times (Clifton Redmond – poetry) and The Honest Ulsterman (Lourda Delaney – poetry).


B.A. (Hons) in Media, English and Culture

B.A (Hons) in Arts and Humanities

B.A. (Hons) in Social Political and Community Studies

B.A. in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care)

The B.A. (Hons) in English and History

Creative Arts Degree Information

Meet Your Lecturers

Dr Morgan Cawley Buckley

Lecturer in Creative Studies & Academic Skills

059 915 3222

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