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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Lauren Steinberg
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Fall Break in Ireland: Dublin Fringe Festival

Dublin Fringe 1

Program Overview

The Dublin Fringe program is open to ALL students (priority to EAM majors) interested in experiencing one of the world’s most highly regarded Fringe festivals.  Fringe is a fully curated (unlike most fringes), multi-disciplinary festival and year-round organization focusing on fresh and innovative approaches to the arts from Irish and international makers.  The event includes more than 500 performances of every genre by up to 80 artists and companies from more than a dozen countries at 36 venues around the city. Followed by fans and first timers alike, Dublin Fringe Festival draws more than 30,000 spectators for 16 days and nights each September, transforming Dublin into an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe. The scale and environment of the festival broadens arts participation, introducing artists and audiences and playing a pivotal role in the fabric of Dublin and Irish Cultural life.  This trip is designed so that all students can attend post summer classes and co-ops.  This program returns to the USA on Sunday, September 15th so that students have a full week before classes begin on Monday, September 23, 2024..
In this intensive program, students will attend lectures and workshops by a variety of experienced professionals both in administration and production, tour a variety of venues, attend multiple performing and visual art shows, and network with industry professionals from around the world. Coursework will include a pre-departure class session, assignments, and readings, as well as lab hours that include volunteering for the Festival and matching students with artists working directly on the Festival. Students will get hands-on learning opportunities to work in a variety of venues throughout the city. Students can work within their areas of interest including press and publicity, technical production, marketing and content creation, fundraising, or front of house management/audience services.  
Students will:

  1. Identify, understand, and articulate the various departments and activities necessary to project manage multiple venue festival production; 
  2. explore the promotion and communication components of events and exhibitions as well as institutional branding in the entertainment and arts industries;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of:  the roles of all personnel and correct terminology, budget creation and management, artist relations, audience development, fundraising, technical production, and scheduling;
  4. explore the promotion and communication components of large-scale festivals;
  5. effectively use human relations knowledge and skills to coordinate with artists, crew, vendors and sponsors;
  6. demonstrate understanding of branding in relation to the arts as well as the mandate of mission and vision statements; work effectively in teams and have a general understanding of how production and administration teams function. 

This program is open to students of all majors, with priority given to upperclass EAM majors. Students must receive approval approval from their co-op to leave a few weeks early to attend this program.

UPCOMING INFO SESSION: Wednesday, February 21st at 5pm in person URBN Cntr - Screening Room 349

Check out videos of the Dublin Fringe from previous years!



This course is taught as a hybrid: online and in Dublin, with follow-on assignments. Students will receive credit for EAMT380: International Production and Festival Management, 3 credits which will be registered as part of fall term course load. There are class hours and lab hours to fulfill in Dublin during the Festival.

Shannon Lacek, Assistant Teaching Professor, Entertainment & Arts Management

Program Calendar 2024Dublin Fringe 2

Arrival Date: Sept 4, 2024 (depart US on Sept 3)
Departure Date: September 15, 2024
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.

Tentative Itinerary Overview
Wednesday, August 28
First online class meeting/orientation

Tuesday, September 3 + 1 day
Depart US (arrange own flights) – September 3 (flight arrival is +1 day)
You will arrive on September 4

Wednesday, September 4
Morning – afternoon    Arrival in Dublin, transfer to accommodation, check-in
6 pm            Welcome Dinner with Local Arts Leaders

Thursday, September 5
10 am            Welcome Orientation – Meet Dublin Fringe team and receive assigned schedules
12 pm             Lunch 
1 pm – 6 pm         Walking tour of Dublin with stops at Festival Venues
Evening free

Friday, September 6
7 am – 7 pm         Day trip to Irish Historic or Cultural site.

Friday, September 7
First day of Dublin Fringe Festival

Saturday, September 8
12 noon             Group check in
6 pm             Group attends opening night performance together.

Sunday, September 9 – Saturday, September 14
Daily Group Check-ins, Coursework, Venue Tours, Site Visits, Performances, Meetings with International Arts Leaders
A detailed itinerary and schedule of events will be provided, individual production schedules for each student will be at the discretion of the production to which they are assigned.

Sunday, September 15
Depart for Philadelphia

Friday, November 15
Final Reflection Essay Due

Included in the schedule are daily Lab Hours with Local and International Artists. Students will be assigned responsibilities based on the needs of the Dublin Fringe team, artist needs and the student’s personal interests. This may include production, front of house, box office, marketing and development or artistic support. 

Program Fee - $2,550 Dublin Fringe 3

Due May 1st - $500 Advanced Payment + $25 application fee
Due July 1st - $2,050 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Accommodations
  • Entrance fees
  • Event tickets
  • Guided tours
  • Two day trips to famous sites in Ireland
  • Program activities and visits
  • On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (estimated):

  • Airfare ($1000)
  • Meals not included in fee ($400)
  • Spending money ($250)
  • Airport transfer ($50)

ICA Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the ICA program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so could make students’ eligible for additional financial aid.  Students may also be eligible to apply for Drexel's ICA Scholarships.

More Information

  • US citizens do not need a visa for entry to Ireland. Other nationalities should confirm visa requirements on the Ireland embassy website.
  • A recommended flight itinerary will be provided. Students are responsible for booking their own airfare.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 05/01/2024
05/15/2024 09/04/2024 09/15/2024

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This program is currently not accepting applications.