Entry Points (2017)

Course Overview

The BA degree in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies is an exciting 4 year denominated programme developed for students with a keen interest in all aspects of drama and performance.

This world-class programme provides a unique opportunity to study drama, theatre and performance from a practical, theoretical and historical perspective. You will explore all aspects of performance from theatre to film, story telling and new media. Teaching on the programme will take a variety of forms, from lectures and seminars to practical workshops, performances and internships.

One of the most innovative features of the programme is its emphasis on putting learning into practice, through seminars in acting, design and directing, through workshops with professional theatre companies, and through the option of internships with arts organisations and professional placements in Year Three.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. Students are not required to audition or submit portfolios. 

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades (2017)

AAA or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2018

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PAC code

Course Outline

The denominated BA degree in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies allows students to combine specialist knowledge of the area with a choice of two other subjects from the general Arts degree in the first year of study, and with one subject from the BA in years two and four.

In the first year, Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies makes up half of the course, and students also choose two other subjects from a choice of 20 subjects on the general Arts degree.
In the second year, students 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 students undertake internships and other practice-based activities. In the final year, students continue their study of Drama, Theatre and Performance and their chosen Arts subject, taking both for their final degree.

Year 1

In the first year, students take six modules, all of which blend practical and academic approaches. These modules provide students with a broad overview of the subject, focusing on acting, directing, European drama, traditional performance cultures in Ireland and more. Students visit the theatre every week and take workshops with theatre practitioners.

Year 2

In the second year, students have opportunities to specialise in areas that particularly interest them, selecting six modules from a broad range of options. These include classes in playwriting, acting, film studies, theatre history, scenic design, theatre reviewing and Irish drama.

Year 3

The third year is dedicated entirely to Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Students who are studying a language as their other degree subject may choose to study abroad at a university where that language is spoken. Students may also choose to go on an exchange at a university in the United States, Canada or the UK. Students who choose to remain in Ireland take professional internships with Irish theatre companies, engage in independent research projects involving archival research and/or performance research, and may stage a play as part of a national arts festival.

Year 4

In the final year, students select four modules from a broad range of options that combine academic and practical elements. A major feature of the final year is an independent research project, which is supervised by academic staff. Staff also work closely with students to advise them on future opportunities in theatre, research and other areas.

Further Education

Graduates of this degree will have the ability to pursue further academic study in the area of drama, theatre and performance.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this degree will have the ability to pursue careers in the performing arts, information technology, education, the public service, film and television media, heritage and tourism, business, and may also pursue further academic study in the area of drama, theatre and performance.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2017/18
EU Fees 2017/18:
- 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.

Find out More

Professor Patrick Lonergan
Course Director
Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance
T 353 (0)91 494 426
E patrick.lonergan@nuigalway.ie

What Our Students Say


Darragh O'Brien |   Theatre and Performance student

My skills as an actor have been honed, my knowledge of the theatre and its history expanded, and my analytical skills enhanced. The small-group teaching environment is ideal for encouraging participation from everyone and for forging a good group dynamic so I have made a lot of good friends...