Drama Studies

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

Drama Studies is for students who are interested in learning about theatre and performance in theory and practice. Drama Studies has a range of modules that bring together scholarly, creative, and practical “on-your-feet” tasks and assignments. Drama Studies educates students in the history and practices of theatre and performance, in current theoretical methods and approaches to research and analysis of theatre and performance, and in a wide range of generic, historical, national and international traditions.

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What Will I Study

You will study a range of performance genres from classical Greek plays to contemporary Irish and international theatre and performance, from a theoretical and practical perspective.

Drama Studies Modules include:

First Year

  • Theatre Matters
  • Theatre Context & Conventions
  • Introduction to Physical Theatre
  • Theatre and Activism

Second Year

  • Performance in Everyday Life
  • Documentary Theatre
  • Playwriting
  • Contemporary Ireland on Stage
  • Introduction to Acting

Third Year

  • Contemporary Theatre and Performance
  • Global Theatre
  • Theatre of Martin McDonagh
  • Digital Theatre
  • Independent Study
  • Performance Project
  • Directing for Stage
  • Queer Theatre and Performance
  • Solo Performance

Students attend lectures, tutorials and workshops, participate in group work, and undertake independent study. Years one and two introduce students to fundamental theoretical and practical skills for research and analysis in Drama Studies. In year three, students build on this knowledge and are invited to pursue more specialised interests.

Current offerings during third year enable intensive study. Options include a Performance Project, which involves auditions and creates an ensemble production working with a professional director and a Research Project, which invites students to write on a research topic of their choice with individual staff supervision.

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How Will I Study
International Study Opportunities

Opportunities may include:

  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany
  • Université Sorbonne (Paris IV), France
  • University of Turin, Italy
  • University of Verona, Italy
  • University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of Miami, USA
  • University of Otago, New Zealand
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

A degree in Drama Studies will develop your presentation, teamwork, performance, and analytical skills, allowing you to pursue careers in the following areas:

  • Theatre Industry (writer, director, actor, dramaturge, producer, theatre and cultural management)
  • Tourism
  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Education (teaching, research, and educational drama)
  • Journalism and broadcasting

Drama Studies will develop your knowledge of theatre and performance, and hone and enhance your research and writing skills through academic and practical study. Masters programmes are offered in specialised areas of Drama and Performance, including a collaborative MA in Theatre Practice, jointly offered by UCD and The Gaiety School of Acting, and an MA in Writing for Stage & Screen (www.ucd.ie/englishdramafilm/study/postgraduate). PhD options are also available.

Other Entry Routes

“This course gave me the backing of a world-renowned university and access to some of the finest academics in the field of theatre and performance. UCD offers modules in both the analysis of playwrights and texts, along with practical on-your-feet performance modules. As such, I am entering the workforce with a degree that is grounded in all aspects of drama and theatre. The teaching team always encouraged me to ask questions and are always available for advice regarding assignments or further study options. My degree has made me aware of the lack of diversity and inclusion that exist within the theatre community and has given me the vocabulary I need to challenge these inequalities and think critically about how to address these issues.”

Daniel Mallon, Student

Contact Information

UCD School of English, Drama & Film
Dublin 4

Phone: +353 1 716 8604
Email: englishdramafilm@ucd.ie

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