Graduate Programmes

The Master of Arts programme is built on the study and appreciation of the arts and grounded in the skills required for teaching and learning in the arts and the management of arts and cultural industries. Students learn the dynamics of the creative process – artistic production working with:

  • artists
  • schools
  • government agencies
  • cultural organizations
  • community groups
  • art institutions such as museums and dance companies

to promote art, enhance artistic skills, raise funds, manage budgets, and develop arts and cultural programmes. Our postgraduate programme seeks to engage artists, teachers and cultural industriy workers to explore the development of an arts and cultural infrastructure focusing on national and regional objectives within a Caribbean context.


Our graduates will be trained to provide leadership in the teaching and learning of the arts in schools and communities and will serve the professional development needs of the arts and creative community in the Caribbean. They will contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of cultural policy in the Caribbean; and also enrich the cultural environment of the Caribbean through effective management of the creative arts.

Through their work, they will raise awareness of the importance of the arts, art education and cultural industries in the social, cultural, political and economic development of the Caribbean. As teachers, administrators and managers, they will better understand the theoretical and critical issues associated with the arts and cultural industries sector and demonstrate the skills necessary to direct the growth and functioning of:

  • Caribbean cultural industries
  • arts policy
  • arts education
  • arts management in the Caribbean.

This will foster the creation of innovative arts and cultural heritage products that will contribute to national and regional development objectives.

Entry Requirements

Admission to the MA degree in Creative Arts is selective and based upon an evaluation of all application materials submitted by the candidate. Previous academic records, prior work experience and evidence of maturity and motivation are among the factors to be evaluated during the admission process. Applicants should hold accredited undergraduate degrees or equivalent diplomas.

The programme has diverse expectations concerning undergraduate education. Most applicants will have academic or professional experience in the arts, which may range from undergraduate majors in the arts, to students whose arts experience is outside traditional university training, but which demonstrates genuine accomplishment and progressively important professional experience in midlevel management of an arts organisation or agency. Applicants seeking admission will demonstrate:

  • a high level of achievement
  • creative ability
  • professional character
  • leadership qualities
  •  initiative

Applicants to the Arts Educator concentration should have several years experience as a teacher and demonstrate proficiency in one of the creative arts. We anticipate a diverse applicant pool and will evaluate students on an individual basis within the guidelines of the post-graduate admissions policies of The University of the West Indies. The ideal applicant will be an intellectually curious student who applies entrepreneurial, problem solving and critical thinking skills to the challenges facing the contemporary Caribbean. Our objective is to admit a well-rounded individual who brings unique insights to the learning environment. Candidates may be drawn from non-traditional as well as traditional student backgrounds.

In some unusual cases, incoming students who do not meet the usual entry requirements will be asked to present a detailed professional curriculum vitae and Professional Portfolio. The Professional Portfolio is a collection of documents that provide evidence of professional achievement, knowledge, expertise and increasing professional experience and responsibility throughout one’s career. It documents the acquisition and application of advanced knowledge and skills of the arts that are appropriate for admission to a Master’s programme of study.

Programme Structure/Course of Study

The Master of Arts – Creative Arts has three concentrations – Arts Entrepreneur, Arts Educator and Studio Arts, which has three tracks: Moving Image Arts, Theatre Arts and Dance. All MA Creative Arts students are required to complete nine credit hours of core courses. The core courses provide the student with a foundation in research methods in the arts; aesthetics, theory and criticism; and Caribbean arts.


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