Choosing the Right Drama Course For You

NUI Galway offers two ways of studying drama and theatre:

 

  • A Denominated BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance
  • A BA with Performing Arts Studies

 

 

What is the difference between the programmes?

The major difference is that the Denominated BA offers a BA Degree in Drama whereas the BA with Performing Arts Studies offers a BA Degree with drama.

 

  • The Denominated BA thus offers a formal qualification in drama and one other arts subject.
  • The BA with Performing Arts Studies offers students the chance to take some classes in acting, while gaining a formal qualification in any two subjects from the Arts Omnibus subject groupings.

 

 

 

Denominated BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance

BA with Performing Arts

Four-year arts degree

Yes

Yes

Small-group teaching (15-20 per year)

Yes

Yes

Formal qualification in drama

Yes

No

Amount of time spent on drama during four-years (as percentage of overall degree)

60%

35%

Practical classes in performance

Yes

Yes

Optional classes in creative writing and film

Yes

No

Regular research projects with NUI Galway teachers

Yes

No

Classes on the history of drama

Yes

No

Classes on the history and theory of performance

Yes

No

End of year performances

Yes

Third year only

Opportunities to travel abroad on exchanges

Yes, with some scholarships

Yes

Placements with theatre companies

Yes

No

Classes with theatre practitioners

Yes

Some

Involvement in activities organised under NUI Galway partnerships with Druid, Galway Arts Festival, etc

Yes

Third year only

Workshops with Irish theatre companies

Yes

Third year only.

Regular trips to theatre

Yes

No

Evening classes

No

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Both Degrees will prepare students for careers in theatre, education, the public service, tourism, information technology, heritage, etc.

 

The BA with Performing Arts Studies would be ideally suited to students who know that they wish to gain a degree in two arts subjects (for instance, English and French), but would like to spend their spare time putting on plays with the university drama society and taking classes in acting. It is less formal, more practical, and less academic than the Denominated BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance.

 

The Denominated BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance comes with all the benefits of an NUI degree. Students will be qualified to enter the public service, business, and many other careers. However, they will also have a qualification in drama – one that will allow them either to have a career in theatre or to go on to further study and perhaps a career in the academic world. It thus offers the best of both worlds, preparing students for a career in theatre, but offering them a qualification that will allow them to do many other things as well or instead.

 

Both courses provide students with access to the full range of facilities in the university, and both are taught by excellent teachers and theatre professionals. The BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance provides roughly twice as much teaching on Drama as the BA with Performing Arts.

 

Both courses are aimed at high-achieving, self-motivated and creative students who want to work with excellent teachers in small-group settings. Points for both courses are expected to be in the range of at least 450 points.