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English and Drama (Diploma)
The Diploma in English & Drama aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of literary analysis. Students learn to deal with issues of genre and style, to apply diverse critical perspectives and to recognise the ways in which literature and theatre functions in society.
Through a detailed study of poets, the programme explores relationship between form, content and culture in poetic art. In its focus on drama, the programme analyses selected plays playing close attention to issues such as theatrical practice, spectatorship and the social function of theatre. The diploma programme also introduces students to the world of fiction, to its formal and thematic properties and looks at facets of fiction writing such as characterisation, plot, setting and diction.
This programme offers a broad overview of the field, demonstrating the many ways in which English and Drama Studies form a basis for a spectrum of critical thinking and cultural analysis. The programme also entails the study of specific literary and theatrical areas. Students taking this specialism will refine, develop and/or acquire skills in close reading and critical analysis, improve and enhance oral and written expression, and emerge with an expanded sense of imaginative and cultural possibility.
Applications and Selections
Applications for this course will reopen in April 2023
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form of essays, written assignments or presentations during the semester.
There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in English and Drama.
Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.).
2 years, part-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
Mode of study
There are six modules on offer within the programme structure and student are required to take three modules each year.
Programme content - Year 1
Victorian Literature 1832 - 1901
Poems, Stories and Politics – An Introduction to the Study of Literary Texts
Theatre Histories 1
Programme content - Year 2
Old English Poetry
Theatre Histories 2
Alternative modules may be on offer in year 1 or year 2 due to the variety of specialisms on offer in each Diploma cycle.
Classes will be held approximately one Saturday per month.
Why Choose This Course?
Students of the course may progress to the Evening B.A. programme. It would also benefit those who work in a related area.
Who’s Suited to This Course
The Diploma programme is intended for adult learners who are interested in English and Drama and is equally attractive to graduates and non-graduates alike. Students graduating with this diploma should have acquired an appreciation of the cultural and expressive resources of literature and drama and an ability to think critically about literary text and drama. It could be seen as a first step towards degree-level studies or to work in related arts and education fields. It may be of particular interest, but not exclusively so, to first and second level teachers and others interested in the contribution of English and Drama to education, local studies, heritage and tourism.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: Job-seekers Benefit, Job-seekers Allowance, One-parent family allowance, Disability allowance, Community Employment Scheme or signing for social insurance contribution credits. Please download the for more information.
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What Our Students Say
Lorna Fitzpatrick | Current Student
I decided to do this course for personal development, rather than professional reasons. I had been out of education for a long time and felt it was the right time to go back and study a subject that I was interested in. I was initially interested in an English Literature course, but it was adapted to English and Drama the year I applied. However, I found that the drama modules were a nice diversion from the English, and the modules covered were interesting. Our lecturers also teach on the full-time day courses, therefore we received personal tutoring from some brilliant academics. I hope to go on and finish the BA next year at NUIG. I would advise people who are unsure of workloads to look at the diploma first in order to ascertain the time you can give to the course, particularly if you work full-time. For me, I was glad to complete the diploma first; it helped me to manage my time and gave me an idea of how much work was required going forward. Finally, I have been studying with a great group of people and have made some good friends through this course. It wasn’t easy at times, but has definitely been rewarding for me, both academically and socially.