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Drama and theatre studies

B.A.; 17 places

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What is Drama and Theatre Studies?

Drama exists on and off the stage that we call theatre. It happens in our everyday life and it is the basis for story-telling and other forms of performance within the creative arts. It has its origins in sacred ritual and remains central today as part of our sense-making as we negotiate our place in the world. As with other creative arts Drama is applied in the fields of medicine, politics, education and more.

Theatre encompasses all the arts that go to make up the live experience we call theatre - including costume, lighting and sound , space & place, devising, directing, design and playwriting, the presence of audience and performers, the use of digital technology.

The study of drama and theatre is a study of the human condition as explored and expressed through these creative arts.

Drama: The course for you?

Both degrees explore the relationship between the theory and practice of Drama and Theatre to discover how and why they work.

The strong developmental emphasis of the courses requires a particular blend of practical and academic skills. In addition to a high level of analytical ability and creativity you will need to possess resourcefulness and self-motivation.

Teaching is by lecture, seminar and workshop with a strong emphasis on experiential learning by doing and practice-based research through theatre production. This leads to a relatively high number of contact hours with other students for group projects as well as the regular timetabled taught classes. You will need to be a team player to succeed on this course.

Single Honours students combine Drama Studies with Theatre Studies throughout their degree whilst TSM students combine it with another subject outside of the Drama Department. TSM students engage with Theatre Studies in the ensemble production project in the Samuel Beckett Theatre in second year and more extensively in sophister years.

Drama @ Trinity

Drama at Trinity is housed in the purpose-built Samuel Beckett Centre, home to the Samuel Beckett Theatre, the Players Theatre, a dance studio/rehearsal space, seminar rooms and offices.

All our fulltime staff have theatre-making experience and are published academic writers, active both nationally and internationally. Some sophister (third and fourth year) modules are taught by visiting specialists - award-winning designers, directors, performers and playwrights.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

Most of our graduates seek employment in theatre or related professions. Some opt to take further training or apprenticeships whilst others go straight into working in specialist areas of theatre, film, or television (such as directing, acting, design, playwriting, management, community drama and teaching). Some have formed their own theatre companies, many have won awards. Others have chosen research careers beginning with further study at postgraduate level.

Your degree and what you’ll study

FIRST AND SECOND (FRESHMAN) YEARS

First and second years will provide you with the skills of the theatre historian, analyst and practitioner. During these years, the course provides an introduction to drama, theatre and performance. Teaching is by lecture, seminar and practical workshop, covering Theatre History – from the Greeks to the present – and Performance Studies – including semiotics, feminism and gender studies, dramaturgy, postmodernism and more. Single honour students also take courses in practical areas of theatre (Performing, Theatre Making and Technical Theatre) as well as Contemporary Performance Research. Training in study skills is provided to support you with the academic elements of the course.

THIRD AND FOURTH (SOPHISTER) YEARS

All students take a compulsory module in the contemporary performance research strand alongside their own choice from a range of optional modules, striking a balance between the academic and the practical nature of the course.

The range of modules allows you to favour study in historical and theoretical fields or in practical aspects of theatre. The range of options may include theatre & Ireland, African theatre, stage, costume and lighting design, playwriting, devising, directing, theatre management, acting, performance & technology, women & theatre, applied drama & theatre.  In your final year you will also undertake an individual research project guided by a member of staff and culminating in submission of a dissertation.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is by a combination of essays, journals, practical assignments, class presentations, oral examination and, in your final year, a dissertation.

Study abroad

You may apply to spend third year studying abroad - at a European university as part of the Erasmus exchange programme or at one of Trinity's  non-EU partner universities .

GET IN TOUCH!

www.tcd.ie/Drama

Tel: +353 1 896 2266

Social media:

www.facebook.com/Drama-Department-Trinity-College-Dublin

Twitter:
@DramaTCD
@CreativeArtsTCD

What our graduates say

Lian Bell. Drama and Theatre Studies  1996 -2000. Set designer, Arts manager, #Waking The Feminists Activist

" … one of the most formative experiences of my life. The course, alongside the time I dedicated to making shows in the university's drama society, Players, gave me the opportunity to explore all different areas of theatre-making to my heart's content. It began to open up the world of theatre to me from practical, historical and theoretical perspectives in a way that has set me firmly on the path to where I am now in my career … It also embedded me in a network of friends and professional contacts that have lasted to this day. I count myself as very fortunate to have been able to do my undergraduate degree at the SBC."

Colm Summers. TSM Drama and History of Art & Architecture 2012–2016. 

“Theatre Studies in Trinity offers its students an opportunity for real growth in a robust, compassionate atmosphere of responsibility, which challenges them to act to the best of their abilities, both onstage and off.”

What our current students say

Fenna Von Hirschheydt. Drama and Theatre Studies  2013-2017

"I am a fourth year international student who came to Ireland in order to study drama. I was first attracted to the course because it covers such a wide range of aspects of theatre. It is a great introduction and allows students to specialise in areas they have discovered for themselves. I, for one, joined the course wanting to become a director and will now most likely end up as a set designer."

Saoirse Anton. TSM Drama and English  2014-2018

".. I have had the chance to nurture Interests I already had, such as theatre criticism and writing about theatre, and I have discovered ones I would never have thought of before, such as programming, curating and arts policy." 

Course Options

Award

B.A.

Number of Places

17

CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

TR025

Options

TR025 - Drama and theatre studies is a single honor course where Drama and theatre studies is read almost exclusively for four years.

TR001: Drama studies (TSM) Drama Studies must be combined with one other TSM subject. An honours degree is awarded in both subjects.

For subjects that combine with Drama studies see TSM: possible combinations

See also:

TR001: Drama studies
Acting
Stage management and technical theatre


Admission Requirements

For general admission requirements please click here

Restricted entry

These are a restricted entry courses, therefore, applications must be submitted to the CAO by 1 February of the proposed year of entry. If you indicate Drama Studies or Drama and Theatre Studies as a choice of subject, you will be sent a questionnaire to complete in March. On the basis of the completed questionnaire, some applicants will be called to attend a workshop and interview (during April and May), before final selections are made.

TR025 – Drama and Theatre Studies is a single honour course where Drama and Theatre Studies is read almost exclusively for four years.

TR001 – (TSM) Drama Studies must be combined with one other TSM subject. An honours degree is awarded in both subjects. For subjects that combine with Drama Studies see TSM Combinations Grid


Apply

To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

EU Applicants

Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

Drama and Theatre Studies, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 01/FEB/2018

Non-EU Applicants

  • Drama and Theatre Studies, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 01/FEB/2018
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR025

    Options

    TR025 - Drama and theatre studies is a single honor course where Drama and theatre studies is read almost exclusively for four years.

    TR001: Drama studies (TSM) Drama Studies must be combined with one other TSM subject. An honours degree is awarded in both subjects.

    For subjects that combine with Drama studies see TSM: possible combinations

    See also:

    TR001: Drama studies
    Acting
    Stage management and technical theatre