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    American College Dublin: Performing and Liberal Arts

    American College Dublin: Performing and Liberal Arts


    • Listing Type: Colleges & Universities
    • Top Majors: Liberal Arts, Music, Theater
    • Degrees Awarded: 4 Year + Graduate
    • Type: Private, Nonprofit
    • Campus Setting: Urban
    • Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Loans, Work Study
    • Gender: Coed
    • Country: Ireland
    • In State Tuition: $10,707
    • Out of State Tuition: $13,384
    • Delivery: Residential
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    American College Dublin, located in the heart of Ireland's capital city, offers an outstanding education at the bachelor's and master's levels in liberal arts, performing arts, creative writing, international business, accounting and finance, hospitality management, and event management.

    Founded as a not-for-profit by Florida-based Lynn University in 1993, American College Dublin is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and licensed in the Republic of Ireland and Delaware. The college is committed to small class sizes, education specialized for all backgrounds and abilities, and active, participative, experiential, and challenging courses. Students from Ireland and around the world engage in a classic liberal arts education together, participating in internships for practical experience and residing in a variety of housing options


    ACD’s small size empowers students academically by providing them the opportunity to receive extra help, guidance and advising from faculty. The college also offers academic accommodations for students with learning challenges.


    Applicants in high school must provide transcripts/report cards and admission is contingent on graduation. Applicants for the BFA in Performing Arts are required to complete an audition.Graduate programs typically require undergraduate degree and different honors levels, depending on program of study. Enrolling students must have a high level of English language proficiency. Credit transfers are accepted under certain guidelines.


    Within the Liberal Arts school at ACD, students may choose from a course of study in Creative Writing (BFA), Liberal Arts (BA), Performing Arts (BFA), English Preparation, and Creative Writing (MFA).


    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: The BFA program in Creative Writing encompasses a wide range of approaches, including prose fiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting, graphic novels, video games, and writing for new media (blogs, social media, etc.). It provides a range of opportunities for artistic and intellectual growth, enhanced expressive ability, and a rich variety of career developmental possibilities in the arts and business. The BFA program examines all of the main areas of creative writing, and as the student progresses, the program makes increasing use of the workshop method of teaching. In the final stages there are opportunities for approved students to undertake extended independent writing projects.

    Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts: The BA (Hons) in Liberal Arts provides an intellectually stimulating and challenging course of undergraduate study. The program is structured around two common years, with specializations developing out of the common curriculum in the third year of study. In the third year students are required to major in one of four concentrations: Irish Studies, American Studies, History, or English. The degree is particularly useful as preparation for postgraduate study in the liberal arts, business studies, and the law. The degree supports career development in such fields as business, social services, the arts, administration, teaching, and research.

    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts: This BFA degree offers a holistic approach to the performing arts, one that concentrates on both performance from a participatory perspective and preparing the student for the range of careers available in the performing arts industry. The program is centered around live theatrical performance (with elements of recording used for diagnostic and development purposes), but at the same time a graduate is prepared for further study in all cognate specialisms in the performing arts, as well as for direct entry into a professional career.

    English Preparation Program: The English Preparation Program is a 30-credit, two-semester program, which provides a bridge/transition program for students whose English language skills require development before the commencement of full-time college education. The program includes extended courses on the development of English language skills for college-level academic purposes, academic communication, information technology, study skills, time management, critical thinking, and writing.

    Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing offers aspiring or published writers a one-year course of study which examines the process and practice of producing prose fiction. Within a critical workshop and mentoring format students are provided with tuition and advice in completing either a novel or a short story collection. A graduate of the program will be in a position to consider submission of a complete and polished work to a literary agent or publisher. He or she will also be prepared for participation in a range of complementary fields, such as journalism, publishing, editing, online writing, advertising, marketing, and research.



    EU students: €6000

    Non-EU students: €9000

    BFA in Musical Theatre/BFA in Performing Arts

    EU students: €7500

    Non-EU students: €9500

    MFA in Performanc

    EU students: €7500

    Non-EU students: €10000

    MFA in Music for Motion Pictures and Contemporary Media

    All students: €34300

    (Note: Living costs below do not apply for this course as it is run at our instructional site in Sofia, Bulgaria)

    MFA in Fashion Design

    All students: €12000

    All other Postgraduate tuition

    All students: €10000

    Estimated living costs for two semesters (excluding tuition)

    €10,000 – €12,000 (approximate total cost of accommodation, living expenses, books, student visa)