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Drama Summer School

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 context.
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Course Coordinators: 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.

Summer School | Date 16th - 28th July 2018

Programme at a glance

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: 1-Year Full-time*

  • 4 strand modules, 1 common M.Ed. module on Academic Literacy and Research Methods and a 20,000 word dissertation completed in one year. The taught component is completed during the two-week summer school in July and during the subsequent academic year (online).
  • Option 2: 2-Year Part-time

  • 4 strand modules, 1 common M.Ed. module on Academic Literacy and Research Methods and a 20,000 word dissertation completed over two years. The taught component is completed in year 1, and the dissertation is completed in year 2. The taught component is completed during the two-week summer school in July and during the subsequent academic year (online).
  • Option 3: 3-Year Part-time

  • 4 strand modules, 1 common M.Ed. module on Academic Literacy and Research Methods and a 20,000 word dissertation completed over three years. 2 strand modules and the common M.Ed. module on Academic Literacy and Research Methods are completed in year 1, 2 further strand modules are completed in year 2, and the dissertation is completed in year 3. The taught component is completed during the summer school in July and during the subsequent academic year (online). Students are required to attend the first week of the summer school in their first year, and the second week of the summer school in their second year.
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    *Note: full time students are required to be based in Dublin during their academic year of study.

    Testimonials

    Linda Krakaur
    Adjunct Professor - Art Integration Department of Art and Design College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Millersville University

    Earning my graduate degree at Trinity greatly informed my worldview, elevated my academic thinking, and prepared me to achieve my professional goals. Every aspect of the program was highly engaging and challenging. Attending the Summer School in Drama in Education offered an important and powerful opportunity to work with teachers and artists from across the globe. The expertise of the faculty provided me with a solid theoretical and practical foundation to facilitate meaningful arts-based lessons and shift the way the arts are integrated in classrooms in my own country. I thank Trinity College for truly preparing me to follow my vision, to be a global citizen, and to employ high quality methods both in terms of research and practice. My experiences at Trinity College, and specifically, the Drama In Education Summer School, have directly impacted the arch of my career. I am a proud graduate of Trinity College, and no matter where I travel or what I do, I will always consider Trinity to be my home away from home.

    Elaine Clotworthy
    PhD Candidate

    I found my time on the M.Ed. Drama in Education interesting, inspiring and challenging. The content covered during the summer school provided both theoretical understanding of concepts, as well as having the opportunity to participate in drama workshops and develop skills as a drama practitioner. The summer school format provided me with the opportunity to get to know fellow students and lecturers well, developing friendships and a support network which really helped when completing assignments and the dissertation.
    As a primary school teacher, I found the M.Ed. equipped me not only to facilitate a range of drama methodologies with my class, but also to use drama across all subjects as a methodology. Completing the M.Ed. impacted greatly on my career. I am currently lecturing in Drama in Education in Marino Institute of Education, and completing doctoral research in the area of Drama in Education and Special Education. The M.Ed. developed my passion of drama in education and equipped me with subject knowledge, as well as the research skills, to progress my career.

    Jamie Herlihy
    The Desmond School of Music and Theatre

    My time undertaking the Drama in Education programme at Trinity College was a memorable and stimulating experience. The instructors are incredible minds whose passion is inspiring and infectious. They are also prominent figures in the field and intently interested in the use of drama across a wide range of disciplines.

    As a second level English and Music teacher, I did not have any prior theoretical foundation in drama. My background experience lay in performance and active methodologies in the classroom. In this regard, the summer school aspect of the course ensured to provide each student with both a practical and theoretical understanding of new concepts. This 'hands-on approach' allowed us ample opportunity for further study relating to our individual interest.

    As a part-time student, I sometimes found studying away from the campus challenging. However, I must commend the School of Education for its wonderful support network. Our class were affirmed in their research though regular communication and online mentoring given by the course instructors. One of the highlights for me was getting the opportunity to meet and share ideas with like-minded individuals from all around the world who have now become life-long contacts and friends.

    Completing the M.Ed. programme has also had a significant impact on my professional life and since graduating, I have taken a career break to establish my own school – "The Desmond School of Music and Theatre" in my hometown. This would not have been possible without the knowledge and skills that I acquired during my time at Trinity.

    Andrew Slade
    Elementary Teacher- Winnipeg, MB

    When it came time to select a graduate school, Trinity’s M.Ed. (Drama in Education) program came highly recommended, and it did not disappoint.  Throughout the program, we were able to learn from and work with leading experts in the field, collaborate with fellow students on projects and assignments, and develop lessons and activities that could be used in our classrooms.

    In addition to the classes on campus, much of the coursework was done through distance education.  This was extremely convenient as I was able to continue working fulltime while completing my coursework during the evenings and weekends.  I was provided with a very supportive tutor, who guided me through my thesis and answered any questions I had.

    As a classroom teacher, I use the knowledge and skills I acquired through the program on a daily basis.  My students love the role-playing, improvising and process drama techniques I have incorporated into my lessons, as it creates a fun and engaging atmosphere for learning.  As one of my former students mused, “I think it’s fun to do drama work in class because we actually have to use our brains while we’re learning”! 

    I would highly recommend this program to any teacher looking to grow professionally.  This Masters program provides teachers with many practical ideas and lessons, which can be immediately implemented in the classroom.

    Course Overview

    This stimulating programme is designed to give you a world-class education in Drama in Education.

    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 context

    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.

    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 five modules. Modules 1, 2 and 3 and 5 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 five 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 five modules, apply to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Drama in Education).

    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:

    Options

    Option One – 1 Year Full-time 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.
    • Module Five is taught during week 1 of the summer school. The assignment relating to the taught component is completed 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 Year (Part-time) 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. Module Five is taught during week 1 of the summer school. The assignment relating to the taught component is completed during the subsequent academic year.
    • Module Five is taught during week 1 of the summer school. The assignment relating to the taught component is completed 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 Year (Part-time) 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 Five is taught during week 1 of the summer school. The assignment relating to the taught component is completed during the subsequent academic year.
    • Module Four is delivered online.

    Year 2 (one week summer school) M.Ed. Degree - Dissertation Eligible students attend a second summer school (one week in July), specifically week 2 of the summer school:

    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 description of their area of research interest as part of the application process. For further details, and an outline of the format required, please contact master.education@tcd.ie master.education@tcd.ie
    • Students wishing to progress to the dissertation year must submit their completed coursework for the taught component of the programme (5 modules) by May 31st of the year following entry to the programme.

    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).