Bachelor of Arts with Performing Arts Studies
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
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Theatre and Performance
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Studying Theatre and Performance
This programme introduces students to dramatic literature, theatre history and practical theatre, including acting. The programme is practice-based, with much of the teaching done through workshops. Students will benefit from strong links already forged with the theatre community. NUI Galway has a rich tradition in the arts: several of our former students have founded theatre companies locally, nationally and internationally.
NUI Galway has formed a number of very exciting partnerships with prominent creative arts organisations. Performing Arts Studies students enjoy a unique opportunity to interact with professional actors, directors and theatre practitioners. Partner organisations include the renowned Druid Theatre Company, the international Galway Arts Festival and An Taibhdhearc, the National Irish Language theatre. Other local and national partnerships are currently being developed.
What subject choices will I have?
This specialism is delivered in the timetable of Arts subject Group Five and, therefore, may not be studied with Sociological and Political Studies, Information Technology, Welsh or Léann an Aistriúcháin. Students should contact the Programme Director for further advice on timetabling and subject choice restrictions and should be aware that some classes will be delivered in the evenings.
Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O Level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Next start date: September 2015
Entry points(2014): 355
A Level Grades (2014): BBB or equivalent combination
Average intake: 18
• Theatre Workshop I
• Theatre Workshop II
• Theatre History
• Acting Techniques and Performance History
• Styles of Performance
• Performing Arts
• The Theory and Practice of Acting and Directing
• Practical Theatre Experience
• Theatre Experience (Abroad)
• Students take degree subjects only
Many graduates of BA in Theatre and Performance have achieved national and international success as actors, writers, critics, and directors. The university has strong links with theatre companies locally and throughout Ireland. Students will therefore meet a variety of theatre professionals and writers during the course, and will benefit from the international reputation of Galway as a centre for excellence in drama and theatre.
The programme also provides many transferable skills: public speaking, leadership, critical analysis, teamwork, and public relations. The course is suited to students contemplating careers in theatre, media, film, the performing arts and education, but it is geared towards any student with a passion for theatre and performance.
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €5,822 p.a. 2015/14 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)
- Tuition: €2,598 p.a. 2015/16
- Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
- Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €12,750 p.a. 2015/16
EU Fees 2015/16:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy: €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.
BA Connect (Theatre and Performance)
"One of my favourite things about my first year of this course was that through studying theatre and performance, I got the chance to meet a really great group of people and at the beginning of the year found myself immediately surrounded by fifteen new friends who share the same love for theatre as I do. With this course I am given the chance to work with theatre professionals and explore all aspects of theatre both in practice and theory. Classes involve a large amount of practical work, meaning that each classmate is very active within the class which makes a great difference from sitting in lecture halls all day. I think I speak on behalf of myself and my classmates when I say that I really cannot wait to see what the next three years of the course are going to bring."