Our research covers a wide range of outputs and themes. Our staff are actively engaged in practice-based research, creating theatre works, music compositions and documentary films that explore conceptual issues through performance and other creative modes of expression. At the same time, we are fully committed to conventional academic publications. We believe in the value of research-based teaching and student learning. The School’s research activities are guided by three core objectives: Ireland & the Arts, Globalisation & the Arts, and Technology & the Arts. The School is a member of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity’s Arts and Humanities Institute, and is an active participant in the Hub’s research themes, particularly: Making Ireland, Identities in Transformation, and Creative Arts Practice. The School hosts three taught M.Phil. programmes and has a thriving postgraduate research culture. We hold a weekly Creative Arts research seminar during term time, which offers an opportunity for staff and research students to present and receive feedback on their work in a collegial surrounding. We also host visiting speakers at these and other public events.
Staff are actively engaged in research networks, on editorial boards, and regularly organise conferences and other public events.
We welcome proposals for research projects at M.Litt. (Masters by research), doctoral and post-doctoral levels in areas covered by staff in Drama, Film and Music and advise you to familiarise yourself with our staff profiles so you can see who might be available to supervise your work. Please be sure to contact that staff member in advance of submitting your proposal so that you can refine your ideas and can confirm the relevant staff member’s availability for supervision and mentoring.
Drama Studies has a wide range of research interests consistent with a small School. Its strengths currently lie in the field of Irish & European Theatre, Theatre and Nation, Interculturalism/globalisation and performance, Identity Politics & Performance, and Performance and Technology. Drama is located in the Samuel Beckett Centre that comprises a theatre, acting studios and seminar rooms. The School of Creative Arts has a formal link with the Abbey Theatre principally for the development of training for theatre practitioners, and with the International Institute for Integration Studies. It boasts a large research community of M.Litt. & Ph.D. students.
Film Studies enjoys an international reputation for its research in Irish cinema and the cinemas of the Irish diaspora, as well as for its work in the fields of film theory and digital culture. Film Studies' facilities (screening room, film library, and digital video production room) are located on campus near the Samuel Beckett Centre. It is closely associated with the Irish Film Institute. Recently completed PhD topics include: White Cottage/White House: Irish-American Masculinities and spaces of home in Hollywood cinema, 1930-1960, Noir point blank – the 'dark interval' in Film Noir, and Cinematic Verbalists: dialogue integration in the work of selected contemporary American writer-directors.
Music has three principal areas of research: composition, musicology, and music technology. Among the staff are composers and experts on melodrama, film music, twentieth-century sketch study, Debussy & Purcell. In addition it enjoys the resources of an extensive Audio Archive and two music technology labs (undergraduate and postgraduate). It is located in Front Square of College in its own dedicated premises. The Department offers the very popular M.Phil. in Music Composition which attracts applicants from all over the world and research degrees (M.Litt./Ph.D.) in its principal areas of expertise.
In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.