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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 Strand Leader | Professor Carmel O’Sullivan | Email
Course Consultants | Professor David Davis, Professor Cecily O'Neill, Mr Chris Cooper, Ms Chrissie Poulter and Dr Linda Krakaur.

Teaching Team | Dr Susanne Colleary, Mr Chris Cooper, Professor Carmel O'Sullivan and Dr Erika Piazzoli.

Summer School: Date 12th - 17th July 2021 | Winter School Date 4th -18th January 2022

Programme at a glance

Each year, the M.Ed. Drama in Education runs a Summer School, which ‘front loads’ the learning for module work through the subsequent academic semesters. Because of COVID 19, the face to face element of the Summer School cannot take place in 2021. Under these extraordinary circumstances, the face to face component will be offered as a Winter School from January 4th to 18th 2022 inclusive, with an online Summer School week from July 12th to 17th 2021 inclusive. In the event that the Winter School cannot be offered face to face in January on public health grounds for some or all of the students, it will instead be offered online at the planned time (early January).

As this is a blended delivery 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 specialist modules, 1 common M.Ed. Academic Literacy and Research Methods module, and a 20,000 word dissertation completed in one year. Most of the taught component is completed through attendance at summer and winter schools.
  • Option 2: Part-time

  • 4 specialist modules, 1 common M.Ed. Academic Literacy and Research Methods module, and a 20,000 word dissertation completed over two years. The taught component is completed in year 1 through attendance at summer and winter schools and supported by on-line learning, and the dissertation is completed during the second academic year.
  • Option 3: Part-time

  • 4 specialist modules, 1 common M.Ed. Academic Literacy and Research Methods module, and a 20,000 word dissertation completed over three years. The taught component is completed in year 1 (2 specialist modules and the academic literacy module studied) and year 2 (2 specialist modules studied) through attendance at two summer schools and one winter school and supported by on-line learning. The dissertation is completed during students’ third academic year.
  • *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 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.

    Structure

    The taught component contains five modules, four of which are specialist modules in drama and theatre in education, with each module containing approximately 20-25 hours of contact time. For the Covid edition, the modules will be taught through an intensive online week in July 2021, and two intensive weeks on a face to face basis in Trinity College, Dublin in January 2022, with work being carried out during the year. During the winter school, workshops, lectures and seminars will also held on some evenings and on both Saturdays. The course is taught by tutors with international reputations in the field. Students are involved in practice focused workshops and seminars covering approaches to drama in formal and non-formal educational settings. Online and face-to-face support is provided during the academic year through regular scheduled tutorials. Face to face interactions will operate during 2021-22 within public health guidelines at all times. The common M.Ed. Academic Literacy and Research Methods module is delivered using a blended learning model.

    Typically, students register for Option 2 taking the modules in year one and completing the related assessments from home. Students who have passed their module assignments and are eligible to progress to the dissertation year, attend a second, week-long Summer School the following July in preparation for their dissertation. This is a research year and students write a 20,000 word dissertation under the guidance of an assigned supervisor with additional scheduled online group tutorials. Students are required to submit their dissertation at the end of June in the following year. Students who for any reason do not wish to continue to the dissertation on the M.Ed. programme may, after satisfactorily completing the modules, apply to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies. They have up to 5 years from the date of leaving the programme to rescind the Diploma and return to complete the masters dissertation if they choose.

    Taught component

    Module One: Drama in Education (I)

    • Topics covered in this module include: The nature of the art form and key components in drama; drama games and movement exercises; role playing and improvisation; teacher-in-role; depiction; fictional framing; drama conventions (such as hot seating, voices in the head, angels and devils, conscience alley, questioning in role, role on the wall); dramatic storytelling; facilitating group and whole class work; drama and second language learning; historical overview of drama in schools and current approaches to drama in schools; Augusto Boal and Theatre of the Oppressed.

    Module Two: Drama in Education (II)

    • Topics covered in this module include: The work of Dorothy Heathcote and Gavin Bolton (such as Mantle of the Expert; the Commission model; Rolling Role; Brotherhoods, self spectator, frame distancing, internal coherence; Living Through Drama; protection into role and protection into emotion); building investment; questioning/negotiating strategies; distancing techniques; belief, emotion, thought and imagination in drama; ways into drama; structuring drama sequences for learning; dealing with social, political and value issues in drama; approaches to text; using drama across the curriculum; drama and early years education; drama and students with special educational needs; assessing and evaluating drama; the use of ICT in drama.

    Module Three: Advanced Issues in Drama and Theatre Education

    • Advanced issues in drama education will cover such topics as the process of devising and staging theatre; Brecht, Bond and Stanislavski and their relevance to Drama and Theatre in Education; ways of knowing in drama; applied theatre; the social origins of drama; arts education and philosophy of the arts; the semiotics of drama and meaning making in a cultural context, dialogism, Bakhtin and dramatic inquiry; brain based learning, neuro-aesthetics, neuro-cognition and arts education.

    Module Four: On-line Reading Seminar

    • The on-line reading assignment is designed to allow students to formulate an overview and assessment of varying methods and approaches to drama teaching. In-depth reading is organised around a structured theme, which requires critical evaluation of the readings, and students are encouraged to establish contact with a number of other students on the programme with whom they will share and critically discuss their responses to the texts (peer-buddies). This reading module seeks to increase students’ critical awareness, ability to discuss theoretical concepts, relate theory to practice and engage in the learning of others.

    Module Five: Academic Literacy and Research Methods

    • During the summer and winter schools, students will be introduced to the major conventions in academic writing and research methodology in preparation for completion of their coursework assignments and dissertation. Subsequent work is completed online during monthly tutorials in order to foster a critical understanding of educational research, and its relationship to policy and practice.

    Teaching and learning strategies

    Students participate in online and face to face practice focused workshops/seminars exploring drama in formal and non-formal educational settings. Each module is individually assessed through projects, case studies, portfolios, reports and essays. Integration of theory and practice is stressed in the content of modules and in assessments. Arts based, experiential and active teaching and learning strategies are used in the presentation of modules.

    Programme Fees

    The M.Ed. programme fees for the academic year 2021/2022 are as follows*

    EU Student Rates

    Non-EU Student Rates

    Option 1 (Full-time)
    €7,988 (5 modules and dissertation)
    Option 2 (Part-time)

    1.         €5,169 Year 1 (5 modules)
    2.         €7,103 Year 2 (dissertation)

    Option 3 (Part-time)

    1.         €2,584 Year 1 (3 modules)
    2.         €2,584 Year 2 (2 modules)
    3.         €7,103 Year 3 (dissertation)

    Option 1 (Full-time)

    1.         €12,850 (5 modules and dissertation)

    Option 2 (Part-time)

    1.         €8,277 Year 1 (5 modules)
    2.         €11,375 Year 2 (dissertation)

    Option 3 (Part-time)

    1.         €4,136 Year 1 (3 modules)
    2.         €4,136 Year 2 (2 modules)
    3.         €11,375 Year 3 (dissertation)

    *Full fees information is available at: https://www.tcd.ie/academicregistry/fees-payments/course-fees/

    Further information

    For queries related to course content, please contact Prof. Carmel O’Sullivan (carmel.osullivan@tcd.ie).
    For all other enquiries, refer to: https://www.tcd.ie/Education/programmes/masters/drama-summer-school/
    Or contact Ms Keara Eades (master.education@tcd.ie / Tel: 00-353-1-8961290 / 00-353-1-8963568).

    Master in Education by Summer and Winter Schools

    Option One – 1 Year (Full-time)1

    Summer School in July 2021 and Winter School in January 2022

    Year 1 (one week intensive online summer school and two week intensive face to face winter school)

    The theoretical components of Modules One and Two will be taught during the summer school, with practical application taking place during the winter school. The assignment relating to these modules is completed during the academic year.
    The theoretical components of Module Three will be taught during the summer school, with practical and further theoretical exploration taking place during the winter school. The assignment relating to these modules is completed during the academic year.
    Module Four is completed on-line during the academic year.
    Module Five is taught during the weekends of the summer and winter schools, and during the academic year in face to face sessions (subject to public health guidelines – otherwise it will be offered online). The assignment is completed towards the end of the academic year.

    M.Ed. Degree - Dissertation1

    Students complete a dissertation of 20,000 words under the guidance of a supervisor during the academic year (July to June).

    Option Two – 2 Years (Part-time)2

    Summer School in July 2021 and Winter School in January 2022

    Year 1 (one week intensive online summer school and two week intensive face to face winter school)
    The theoretical components of Modules One and Two will be taught during the summer school, with practical application taking place during the winter school. The assignment relating to these modules is completed during the academic year.
    The theoretical components of Module Three will be taught during the summer school, with practical and further theoretical exploration taking place during the winter school. The assignment relating to these modules is completed during the academic year.
    Module Four is completed on-line during the academic year.
    Module Five is taught during the weekends of the summer and winter schools with additional online support provided through tutorials during the academic year. The assignment is completed towards the end of the academic year.

    Year 2 (one week intensive 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 (July to June).

    Option Three – 3 Years (Part-time)3

    Summer School in July 2021 and Winter School in January 2022

    Year 1 (one week intensive online summer school and one week intensive face to face winter school)

    The theoretical components of Module One will be taught during the summer school, with practical application taking place during the winter school. The assignment relating to this module is completed during the academic year.
    Module Four is completed on-line during the academic year.
    Module Five is taught during the weekends of the summer and winter schools with additional online support provided through tutorials during the academic year. The assignment is completed towards the end of the academic year.

    Year 2 (one week intensive 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 of the second summer school. The assignment relating to the taught component is completed during the subsequent academic year.

    Year 3 (one week intensive 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 (July to June).

    Notes
    1 Applicants to the 1-year full-time M.Ed. must submit a detailed 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
    2 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.
    3 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 in their second year of the programme.

    Please note: prospective students should realise that the information is as accurate as it can be at the time of production but may not reflect changes to the programme which might be made at a later date.