Choosing a course is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make! View our courses and see what our students and lecturers have to say about the courses you are interested in at the links below.
Each year more than 4,000 choose NUI Galway as their University of choice. Find out what life at NUI Galway is all about here.
About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a rang of key areas of expertise.
- Research Office
Business & Industry
Guiding Breakthrough Research at NUI Galway
We explore and facilitate commercial opportunities for the research community at NUI Galway, as well as facilitating industry partnership.
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Theatre and Performance with Arts
Bachelor of Arts with Performing Arts Studies
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
What our lecturers say
Theatre and Performance
What our students say
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.