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Bachelor in Arts (B.A.) in Drama Studies & another subject (Joint Honor)

Drama Studies is designed to explore the relationship between the theory and practice of drama and theatre, to discover how and why they work.

This is an honors degree course (Two Subject Moderatorship) which allows students to combine Drama Studies with one other subject such as English, Film Studies, Languages, History of Art, Music, Classical Civilization and Sociology. Students must take both subjects for the first three years and choose one of the two subjects to specialise in for the final year. An honours degree is awarded in both subjects.

This course provides the basis for the practical exploration of theatre which is informed both theoretically and historically. The strong developmental emphasis of the course requires a particular blend of both practical and academic skills. In addition to a high level of analytical ability and creativity, you will need to possess resourcefulness, self-motivation and good time-management skills. 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. Practical theatre work calls for full-time commitment to rehearsal and production at certain times of the year. You will also need to have the ability to work as a member of a team to succeed on this course.
Many of the department’s alumni are in leading positions within the theatre, film, television and other creative arts industries. Some opt to take further training in specialist areas at post-graduate level, such as directing, acting, playwriting, design, management, community drama and teaching.  Others have formed their own theatre companies, many have won awards, and a few have even become university professors!  

In the Freshman years of the course students take three core strands; Theatre History, Performance Analysis, Theatre Practice. You will study theatre history from the Greeks to the present day, Performance Analysis – including Semiotics, Feminism & Gender Studies, Dramaturgy, Postmodern Theatre, and explore the subject through practical workshops.

In Second year, students supplement their practical experience of theatre in a full year-end ensemble production in the Samuel Beckett Theatre, purpose built as a teaching facility for the department.
These foundation years provide students with the skills of the theatre historian, analyst and practitioner.
Assessment in the Freshman years is by essays, reflective writing, presentations and practical projects.

An exciting range of modules allows Sophister students to specialise in both historical and theoretical fields as well as specific practical aspects of professional theatre according to where their interest and developing experience lies.  Students take a compulsory core module in each of the Sophister years; in the Junior Sophister (3rd) year “Contemporary Performance and Research” is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to research contemporary performance; in the Senior Sophister (4th) year “Contemporary Irish Theatre in Context” engages with the artistic and administrative sectors of contemporary professional Irish theatre..  We offer a wide selection of modules including ‘Theatre and Ireland’, ‘Women & Theatre’, ‘African Theatre’, ‘Studies in Samuel Beckett’, Stage, Costume and Lighting Design, Devising, Playwriting, Directing, Theatre Management, Drama & Community, Acting, Comedy, Tragedy, and Performance & Technology.  Students who choose to specialise in Drama in their final year will, in addition to the compulsory and optional modules, complete an individual research project guided by a member of staff and culminating in the submission of a dissertation.

In view of the international and open cross-disciplinary nature of the subject, students may apply to study abroad in the third year. You could spend your third year at a European or American university as part of the Erasmus exchange programme. Drama has exchange agreements with the University of California, (Berkeley and San Diego), the University of North Carolina, the Université de Paris-Nanterre (Paris X), the Freie Universität Berlin, the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Goldsmiths’ College and Royal Holloway College (University of London), and the University of Malta.

Assessment in Sophister years is by essay, reflective writing, practical projects and, in final year, a dissertation on a topic of the student’s choice.

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