English, Drama & Film

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530
CAO Points Range 2019: 348
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 250

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

Study English, Drama and Film if you want to become a critical and creative thinker. Refine your critical engagement with a wide variety of texts and cultures, in different genres and media, and across different historical locations. Consider in great depth the role of cultural representation across a diverse range of genres, forms and time periods. Choose this course if you are interested in the relationships between literature, drama and film.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates work across a wide spectrum of areas such as journalism, broadcasting, cultural agencies and industries, research and administration, education, advertising and public relations.

Graudates are prepared for a wide range of MA, MPhil and PhD courses within the UCD School of English, Drama & Film.

See www.ucd.ie/englishdramafilm/study/ for more detail.

What Will I Study

You will study theories, histories, forms and genres of literature, drama, film and media culture from the medieval period to the contemporary moment. There is a wide range of modules available to you from across all three subject areas – English, Drama, and Film – allowing you to find and follow your own interests through the programme. In addition, there are dedicated transdisciplinary modules which focus specifically on the intersections between film, literature, drama, and media texts and cultures. You will develop your critical skills via a range of teaching modes (lecture, tutorial, seminar, research supervision), through collaborative and peer learning, and independent, self-directed scholarship.

First Year

  • Page, Stage, Screen
  • Introduction to World Literature
  • Literature & Crisis
  • Theatre Context and Conventions
  • The Theatrical Event
  • Introduction to Film & Media (including case studies in digital innovation, film, television and other media forms)

Second Year

  • Critical Theory
  • Reading Medieval Literature
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Romantic Literature
  • Action Adventure Cinema
  • Staging Performance
  • Contemporary Ireland on Stage
  • From Victorian to Modern
  • Twentieth Century Drama
  • Film & TV Genres: Horror or Action/Adventure
  • Mediated Identities: Documentary & Social Change
  • Production Culture: TV History
  • National Cinemas: Irish Film & TV; Global Bollywood; the French New Wave

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Third Year

You will choose from a range of options that will enable you to broaden your horizons and enrich your academic experience:

  • Apply for a competitive internship in an area that interests you and/or relates to your area of study.
  • Study abroad for a trimester/year to develop your language skills and immerse yourself in a new culture.
  • Deepen your knowledge by studying a dedicated range of English, Drama and Film modules, including: Fin-de-Siècle, Making Shakespeare, Contemporary Historical Novel, Contemporary, Theatre & Performance, Staging Texts, Animation, Medieval Celluloid, The Modern City in Literature, Performance in Everyday Life, Internship, Trimester Abroad.

Fourth Year

  • Revolutions in Twentieth Century World Theatres
  • Alternative Cinemas
  • Feminist Media Studies
  • Cinema & the City
  • Wellness & Happiness Media
  • Global Science Fiction
  • The Irish Gothic
  • Dissertation

International Study Opportunities

We offer a number of Erasmus and Study abroad opportunities that include leading universities in: Frieburg, Sorbonne, Turin, Verona, Amsterdam, Coimbra, Barcelona in Europe as well as Canada, USA and New Zealand.

Testimonial

“I have always been interested in the three subjects English, Drama, and Film and was thrilled when I discovered that UCD provides the opportunity to study them together. Being an interdisciplinary course, it shows how each of the three subjects influences the other ones while studying them thoroughly on their own as well. The course has given me a greater understanding of the correlation between the film, drama and media industries. I am excited about the modules and opportunities this course will offer me over the next two years.”

Raphael Adams, Student

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