Creative Arts Courses

Courses in the School of Creative Arts give students a robust grounding in academic study and elements of industry practices in Drama, Film and Music. Using innovative teaching principles that encourage creative problem-solving, academic experts guide students on their own journeys of academic discovery. Find out more and apply using the below links.

Notes for Applicants

Admissions to Music undergraduate courses

Applicants to Music undergraduate courses will be accepted on the strength of their Leaving Certificate points. International applicants will be assessed for entry via their online application. Students taking up Music as a New Minor Subject will need to self-certify music literacy and an ability to write music to approximately Grade 5 level. Please email Assist. Prof. Richard Duckworth if you have further queries.

Guidelines for Writing a Postgraduate Research Proposal

Applicants who wish to be considered for the Trinity Award 2023-24 must submit a complete application (including references) through the Trinity postgraduate application portal by 5pm on May 1st, 2023. The applicant should indicate agreement in principle by a named potential supervisor, located in the School of Creative Arts, to oversee the research. Applicants are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor within the School to discuss their proposal well in advance of this deadline. 

As part of the application process for entry on the research register (Ph.D. or M.Litt.), applicants are required to outline the research they intend to undertake for their thesis. Although projects often change significantly during the research process, your initial proposal is important to help the School assess your potential as a research student and establish whether adequate supervision in your area of research is available within the School.

We strongly recommend that you discuss your proposal with an academic staff member who works in your area of research before you start the online application process. If you are unsure who to approach, please contact the School’s Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning for advice.

Listed below are key areas that are usually covered in research proposals. You do not have to adhere to the exact headings or order but you may find this list useful to structure your thinking and check your proposal for major omissions. We do not expect your proposal to be a full-fledged review essay at the moment of application. Good initial research proposals can be as short as a single page and they should certainly not be longer than 4-5 pages.

  • Why are you applying to Trinity?
  • How do you plan to fund your research?
  • Are you planning to do a PhD by Practice?
  • Project title
  • Brief description of your research topic - be as specific as possible
  • Central research questions of your project
  • Aims, objectives, scope and focus of your project
  • Principal conceptual and methodological questions your project poses; investigative methods and theoretical frameworks you intend to use
  • Relationship of your project to existing research: why is your project needed; what will it add to existing scholarship; how will it change the way we look at this topic? (a Ph.D. thesis must make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in your area of research)
  • Principal primary sources for your project
  • Indicative bibliography, including key scholarly works in the area of your project and works mentioned in your research proposal

Questions? Please contact the Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, Assistant Professor Paula Quigley.