Bachelor of Arts with Performing Arts Studies

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

What our lecturers say

What our lecturers say
Theatre and Performance

What our students say

What our students say
Studying Theatre and Performance

Course overview

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.


Dynamic partnerships

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. 

Key facts

Entry requirements

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.

Additional requirements


Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2016

Entry points(2015): 345

A Level Grades (2015): BBB or equivalent combination

Average intake: 18

Course outline

Students in their first year take modules in Performing Arts Studies and in three other subjects from the 20 on offer. In second year, students select two of their three other subjects and take two modules in performance. Third year is spent studying theatre and performing arts with professional practitioners or, in the case of language students, abroad. In the fourth year, students drop Performing Arts Studies to concentrate on their two degree subjects.


Year One

• Theatre Workshop I

• Theatre Workshop II

• Theatre History


Year Two

• Acting Techniques and Performance History

• Styles of Performance


Year Three

• Performing Arts

• The Theory and Practice of Acting and Directing

• Practical Theatre Experience

• Theatre Experience (Abroad)


Year Four

• Students take degree subjects only


Further education

The course serves as a foundation for those wishing to pursue their study of practical theatre and/or theatre history. The course also develops students’ abilities in analysis and communication; it builds confidence in public speaking, leadership, and teamwork. Such skills are vital to the creative industries but are transferable to many spheres of life and business. An MA in Drama and Theatre is on offer at NUI Galway.

Find out more

Professor Patrick Lonergan
Course Director
Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance
T  +353 91 494 426

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,822 p.a. 2015/16
 - 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.

Current Students

Roisin Dolan

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."