Course Information


The MA in Film and Theatre draws on the joint strengths of the Huston School of Film and Digital Media and the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, two world-leading research centres based at NUI Galway.  This programme is aimed at the student who shares a passion for storytelling and performance across the media of film and theatre.  Through this programme, you will deepen your knowledge of practice, theory and craft across and between these genres. 

Programme Information

Why study this programme?

This course explores crossover influences and techniques shared between film and theatre, while also giving students a situated understanding of the practical differences between these two creative industries. 

Through modules, workshops and seminars with visiting speakers, students integrate and expand their knowledge of the interplay of film and theatre across time and space.

On this course, students will develop their individual voices as thinkers and doers, whether through exploring the practical medium of film or the craft of live theatrical performance, or through growing as a critic/researcher/scholar. 

Programme Outline

All students take the following two core modules:

  • Critical Theory and Practice for Film and Theatre I
  • Critical Theory and Practice for Film and Theatre II

Students then choose four elective modules: two each in the areas of film and theatre. You will explore diverse areas of film and theatre theory, literature and practice in a hands-on classroom environment.

Optional modules may include:

  • Ensemble and Devising 
  • Digital Film and Culture       
  • Playwright’s Workshop
  • Directing for Stage 
  • Filmmaking for the Internet
  • Performance Lab       
  • Irish Cinema
  • Exploring Michael Chekhov Technique                                                       
  • Film Administration, Education and Curation
  • Gender & Sexuality in Cinema                                               

Finally, all students will complete a practice-as-research or research dissertation that must combine knowledge and/or practice of film and theatre.

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates of Film and Theatre programmes at NUI Galway have gone on work as writers, directors and producers within the film and television industry in Ireland and beyond, achieving notable success including an Oscar nomination, as well as working with many theatre companies including the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Rough Magic, the Young Vic (London) and others. They have also found employment in education, the heritage and tourist industries, arts organisations, business and the public service. Many have progressed to PhD study, often winning scholarships in support of their studies.

Contact Us

For more information about the course, please contact:

Dr Miriam Haughton
Director of Postgraduate Studies in Drama, Theatre and Performance