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Drama Summer School | Dates: 3rd – 15th July 2017

Course Directors: Dr Carmel O'Sullivan and Dr Erika Piazzoli
Course Consultants: Professor David Davis, Professor Cecily O'Neill, Mr Chris Cooper, Ms Chrissie Poulter and Ms Linda Krakaur.

Master in Education (Drama in Education)


The Master in Education (M.Ed.) (Drama in Education) programme is available by Summer School. As this is a modular programme designed specifically to support distance learners and international students, prospective applicants may choose one of the following study modes.

Option 1: Full-time* - 4 modules and 20,000 word dissertation completed in one year.
Most of the taught component is completed through attendance at a summer school during July. Students will be required to attend face-to-face and online tutorials, and occasional weekend lectures during the academic year.

Option 2: Part-time - 4 modules and 20,000 word dissertation completed over two years
The taught component is completed in year 1 through attendance at a summer school and supported by on-line learning and occasional weekend lectures (if based in Ireland during the academic year). The dissertation is completed during the second academic year as a distance student.

Option 3: Part-time - 4 modules and 20,000 word dissertation completed over three years
The taught component is completed in year 1 (2 modules studied) and year 2 (2 modules studied) through attendance at two summer schools and supported by on-line learning and occasional weekend lectures (if based in Ireland during the academic year). The dissertation is completed during the third academic year as a distance student.

*Note: full time students are required to be based in Dublin during their academic year of study.

Aims of the programme

Drama is both an art form in its own right and also a highly effective teaching and learning methodology, which has been shown to operate successfully in formal and non-formal educational settings. Students will be introduced to the philosophies underpinning this creative educational approach, to its history, and to a wide range of drama and theatre in education techniques and to their use in diverse educational contexts.

Who is the programme for?

The course has been running for almost twenty years and attracts an international audience. It is provided for teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary education, youth leaders, early childhood educators, theatre in education practitioners and others with a professional interest in the arts in education.

Continuous Professional Development

Interested participants who do not wish to take the summer school programme for formal academic credit leading to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree, may attend the 2 week intensive summer school as a form of continuous professional development (CPD), and be awarded a CPD certificate from the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin. Separate fees apply – please contact Dr Carmel O'Sullivan for details (carmel.osullivan@tcd.ie).

Arts in Education experience

The Drama in Education summer school is run in parallel with a Music in Education summer school and opportunities for shared classes and experiences are provided during the summer school period. In addition, the programme highlights arts in education across a number of art forms, including visual arts, movement and dance, poetry, creative writing and the language arts. Opportunities exist for participants with an interest in Music Education, Arts Education, Drama and Language Learning, and Special Educational Needs to take modules in those areas and complete specialist assignments if they choose.

Structure

The taught component contains four modules, with each module containing approximately 25 hours of contact time. Modules 1, 2 and 3 are held in Trinity College, Dublin during two very intensive weeks in July with subsequent work being carried out during the year. During the summer school period, workshops, lectures and seminars are also held during many of the evenings and on both Saturdays. The course is taught by tutors with international reputations in the field of Drama and Theatre in Education. Students are involved in practice focused workshops and seminars covering approaches to drama in formal (early years, primary, secondary and tertiary level) and non-formal educational settings. Tutorial support is built into the Summer School programme, and each student is entitled to tutorial time with a tutor to discuss assignments and academic progress. Online and face-to-face tutorial support is also provided during the academic year. Module 4 is delivered on-line.

Typically, students on this programme register for option 2 and take the first four modules in year one, complete the related assessments from home, and those students who have attained a satisfactory level in their module assignments and are eligible to progress to the dissertation year, attend for a second, week-long Summer School the following July, in preparation for masters level study. This is a research year and students will be involved in the writing of a dissertation as a distance student under the guidance of an assigned supervisor. Students are required to submit their dissertation within twelve months normally.
Students wishing to progress to the masters dissertation must achieve an average of 50% or above in the taught component of the programme. Those students who for any reason do not wish to continue to the dissertation on the M.Ed. programme may, after satisfactorily completing four modules, apply to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Drama in Education).

Master in Education by Summer School

Option One – 1 Year (Full-time)
Summer School in July
Year 1 (two week summer school)

  •          Module One is completed during week 1. The assignment relating to the taught component is completed during the subsequent academic year.
  •          Module Two is completed during week 2. The assignment relating to the taught component is completed during the subsequent academic year.
  •          Module Three is taught during weeks 1 and 2 of the summer school. The assignment relating to the taught component is completed during the subsequent academic year.
  •          Module Four is completed on-line during the subsequent academic year.

M.Ed. Degree - Dissertation
Students complete a dissertation of 20,000 words under the guidance of a supervisor during the academic year (September to August).

Option Two – 2 Years (Part-time)
Summer School in July
Year 1 (two week summer school)

  •          Module One is completed during week 1. The assignment relating to the taught component is completed during the subsequent academic year.
  •          Module Two is completed during week 2. The assignment relating to the taught component is completed during the subsequent academic year.
  •          Module Three is taught during weeks 1 and 2 of the summer school. The assignment relating to the taught component is completed during the subsequent academic year.
  •          Module Four is completed on-line during the subsequent academic year.

Year 2 (one week summer school)
M.Ed. Degree - Dissertation
Eligible students attend a second summer school (one week in July) to prepare their dissertation proposal and study plan, and then complete a dissertation of 20,000 words under the guidance of a supervisor during year two of the programme (September to August).

Option Three – 3 Years (Part-time)
Summer School in July
Year 1 (one week summer school)

  •          Module One is completed during week 1. The assignment relating to the taught component is completed during the subsequent academic year.
  •          Module Four is completed on-line during the subsequent academic year.

Year 2 (one week summer school)

  •          Module Two is completed during week 2 of the second summer school. The assignment relating to the taught component is completed during the subsequent academic year.
  •          Module Three is completed during week 2. The assignment relating to the taught component is completed during the subsequent academic year.

Year 3 (one week summer school)
M.Ed. Degree - Dissertation
Eligible students attend a third summer school (one week in July) to prepare their dissertation proposal and study plan, and then complete a dissertation of 20,000 words under the guidance of a supervisor during year three of the programme (September to August).

Notes

  • Applicants to the 1-year full-time M.Ed. must submit a research proposal as part of the application process. For further details, and an outline of the format required, please contact master.education@tcd.ie
  • Students wishing to progress to the dissertation year must submit their completed coursework for the taught component of the programme (4 modules) by May 31st of the year following entry to the programme.
  • Students wishing to progress to the dissertation year must submit their completed coursework for the taught component of the programme (4 modules) by May 31st in their second year of the programme.

The M.Ed. programme fees for 2017/18 are as follows.

Master in Education

EU Student Rates

Including Levies

Non-EU Student Rates

Including Levies

Option 1 (Full-time)

  • €7,223 (4 modules and dissertation)

Option 2 (Part-time)

  • €4,768 Year 1 (4 modules)
  • €6,318 Year 2 (dissertation)

Option 3 (Part-time)

  • €2,513 Year 1 (2 modules)
  • €2,513 Year 2 (2 modules)
  • €6,318 Year 3 (dissertation)

Option 1 (Full-time)

  • €11,463 (4 modules and dissertation)

Option 2 (Part-time)

  • €7,478 Year 1 (4 modules)
  • €10,043 Year 2 (dissertation)

Option 3 (Part-time)

  • €3,868 Year 1 (2 modules)
  • €3,868Year 2 (2 modules)
  • €10,043 Year 3 (dissertation)

Note: Please note that all fees quoted above are for guidance only, fees can be confirmed with the Financial Services Division.

Further information

For enquiries about course content please contact Dr Erika Piazzoli (Erika.Piazzoli@tcd.ie). For all other enquiries, including information about how to apply, please contact Ms Catherine Minet or Ms Keara Eades, the programme’s Executive Officers (master.education@tcd.ie / Tel: 00-353-1-8961290 / 8963568).

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Last updated 18 May 2017 kellyva@tcd.ie.