Bachelor in Arts (B.A.) in Drama & Theatre Studies
- Course Code - TR025
- Duration - 4 years
- Places 2018 - 17
- CAO points 2017 - 425
- Degree awarded - B.A.
- Degree type - Honours Bachelor Degree
- NFQ level 8
- Awarding body - Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Drama & Theatre Studies is a single honour entry pathway for students interested in focusing on drama as their core subject.
This is a restricted entry course. Therefore, applications must be submitted to the CAO by 1 February of the proposed year of entry. If you indicate Drama & Theatre Studies as a choice of subject, you will be sent a questionnaire to complete in March. Based on the completed questionnaire, some applicants will be called to attend a workshop and interview (during April and May), before final selections are made.
The course provides the opportunity to experience the diverse areas of work within theatre, providing an academic base to practical work. It allows students to develop interests in areas they may never have considered. Prior to the course my only experience of theatre was through acting, but have gained strong skills and experience in Lighting design and Theatre Management, and developed a broad range of skills in everything in between.
What is Drama?
Drama exists on and off the stage that we call theatre. It happens in our everyday life and 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 and the insights from studying performance can be applied in the fields of medicine, politics, education and more.
Theatre Studies encompass all the arts that make up the live experience we call theatre - including costume, lighting, sound, devising, directing, design, dramaturgy and playwriting. We also study the meaning behind theatre, analysing culture and politics, space and place, the presence of audience and performers, and 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?
All Drama pathways 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 and practice-based research through theatre laboratory and production opportunities. This leads to a relatively high number of contact hours with other students for group projects, as well as the regularly timetabled taught classes. You will need to be a team player to succeed on this course.Do you enjoy?
- Working as part of a creative team?
- Putting theory into practice?
- Hands on practical experience?
Single Honours students combine Drama Studies with Theatre Studies throughout their degree. Opportunities are available for joint honours students to engage more extensively in practice in their Sophister years, if they select an exit pathway that includes Drama.
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 full-time 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, including: award-winning designers, directors, performers and playwrights many of whom are alumni from the course.
Your degree and what you'll study
First and second (Fresher) years
First and second years will provide you with a foundation in the skills and vocabularies of the theatre historian, analyst and practitioner. During these years, the course introduces drama, theatre and performance, and places them in a contemporary and relevant context. Teaching is by lecture, seminar and practical workshop, covering Theatre History (from the Greeks to the present), Performance Analysis, and Contemporary Performance Research (including studies in semiotics, feminism and gender, dramaturgy, postmodernism and more). Single-honour students also take courses in practical areas of theatre (Embodied Practices, Performance and Technology, and Crew Rotation). Training in study, research, and writing 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 (based on your chosen exit pathway).
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 and Ireland, African theatre, stage, costume and lighting design, playwriting, devising, directing, theatre management, acting, performance and technology, women and theatre, and applied drama and theatre. Students exiting through Drama as a major, joint honours, or single-honours subject also complete a staff-supervised 'capstone project'. The Drama capstone allows students to integrate their interests into an individual research submission (such as a long dissertation or blended practice-as-research).
Assessment is by a combination of essays, reflections, practical assignments, class presentations, oral examinations and for students exiting through Drama as a major, joint honours, or single-honours subject, a capstone project.
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.