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Bachelor of Arts (Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies)
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, including all forms of theatre practice.
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 theatre, including acting, directing, playwriting, design and more. There are also specialised classes in such areas as Musical Theatre, Theatre for Children and Young Audiences, and Arts Management. 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.
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Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. No audition or portfolio required as part of the admissions process.
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A Level Grades (2021)
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Mode of study
The denominated BA degree in Drama, Theatre and Performance 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 one third 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 performance-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.
In the first year, students take four modules, all of which blend practical and classroom-based approaches. These modules provide students with a broad overview of the subject, focusing on acting, theatre histories in practice, and stagecraft.
In the second year, students build their skills further, working on modern and contemporary theatre, while also exploring options in creative writing, design, and related topics.
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, take classes in areas such as Musical Theatre, Irish Langauge theatre and/or Children’s Theatre, appear in a play that is staged in the department, and much more!
In the final year, students select four modules. A major feature of the final year is an independent practice-based project in which students make their own work.. Staff also work closely with students to advise them on future opportunities in theatre, research and other areas.
Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
Graduates of this degree have engaged in further study in a variety of areas. Many have gone on to engage in further training in acting, design, directing and/or playwriting. Others have specialized in arts management and arts policy. Some have engaged in work in specialized areas such as Musical Theatre, and some have gone on to develop academic careers.
Because your degree allows you to graduate with a second arts subject, our graduates can also engage in further study in their other area. Students have gone on to take further study in Education (training to be a secondary school teacher), Psychology, Law, languages, and much more.
Why Choose This Course?
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.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy
Student Levy: €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here https://su.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...