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BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance
The BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance (GY118)
The denominated BA degree in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies allows you to combine specialist knowledge of the area with other subjects from the general Arts degree. All of the classes are very small, providing students with an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.
Information for Future Students
In the first year, Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies makes up half of your course, and you also choose two other subjects from a choice of 20 subjects on the general Arts degree.
In the second year, you study Drama, Theatre and Performance and one other subject carried over from first year. In the third year, the emphasis is on professional and practical experiences, as you undertake internships and other practice-based activities. Competitive scholarships to universities abroad are also available during this year. In the final year, you continue with your study of Drama, Theatre and Performance and your chosen Arts subject. Students will graduate with a degree in Drama, Theatre and Performance and one other subject.
The first year of the programme introduces students to the broad field of drama, theatre and performance. Students take classes in theatre history and read plays from around the world. They also take classes in performance, allowing them to put their academic work into practice. Students also complete workshops with members of the Druid Theatre company and other practitioners. A field trip to the Dublin Theatre Festival in October is an early highlight of the programme.
Students build upon their achievements in First Year, and begin to specialise in the areas that most interest them, with optional classes in film, creative writing, theatre history, performance studies, traditional Irish performance, and more. Workshops with professional theatre practitioners and summer internships will be available.
Working under the supervision of course personnel, students engage in intensive professional activities in both semesters. These include placements and internships, voluntary work, and/or supervised research and performance projects. Students may also apply to spend part of the year at a university outside Ireland
In the final year, students choose options that allow them to develop specialist skills in the areas they wish to work in after graduation. Classes in advanced performance will be available, as will specialised academic courses on key issues in theatre theory, history and practice.
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