Bachelor in Arts (B.A.) in Drama & Theatre Studies (Single Honor)
This single Honor degree course provides the basis for the practical exploration of theatre and other types of performance which is both theoretically and historically informed. Most graduates find employment in theatre or related professions and many opt to take further training or apprenticeships in specialist areas of theatre, film, or television (such as directing, acting, design, writing, management, community drama, teaching, etc.) and pursue successful careers in their chosen fields. Recent graduates have also formed their own theatre companies. (Please note that, although there are practice-oriented modules available on this course, it should not be regarded as a vocational training course.)
The Freshman years of the course (Years 1 & 2) introduce students to a wide variety of disciplines of study and are seen as foundation years. These years provide students with the skills of the theatre historian, analyst and practitioner. Teaching is by lecture, seminar and workshop, with a strong emphasis on experiential learning in theatre production.
A range of modules allows Sophister students (Years 3 & 4) to specialise in both historical and theoretical fields as well as practical aspects of professional theatre. The range of options includes courses in Acting, Design (Costume, Lighting, Stage), Directing, Devising, Drama and Community, Playwriting, Comedy, Performance and Technology, Performance Studies, Technical Theatre, Theatre and Ireland, Contemporary Irish Theatre in Context, Theatre Management, Movements in European Theatre, Orientalism and Performance and Theatre and Nationalism.
In view of the international and often cross-disciplinary nature of the subject, students are strongly encouraged to avail of exchanges to Europe during their third year. Foreign language acquisition, therefore, is actively recommended.
Please check the Treasurers office for the summary of undergraduate degree fees.
Applications should be made through:
The Irish Central Applications Office (C.A.O.) by January of the year of proposed entry. Entry is by formal interview, practical workshop and academic competition. Interviews are normally held in the Department of Drama at the Samuel Beckett Centre between March and May.
Overseas students who wish to come to Trinity College for one year or more should contact:
Assessment is by written examinations, essays, logbooks and the practical realization of projects. In the final year, each student engages in an individual research project guided by a member of staff, and produces a dissertation of 7,000 or 12,000 words.