Music, Film & Drama

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530 BA Humanities
CAO Points Range 2018: 301
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 220

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?

Music, Film and Drama are art forms that speak to the very core of human experience; they impact our lives every day. This 4-year programme allows students to immerse themselves in the close study of these forms, to understand them from cultural and historical perspectives, and to explore the ways in which they influence and transform each other. Learn how to understand the inner workings of these art forms. Deepen your knowledge of their historical development. Research and write about the important place of these arts in society.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

The 4-year pathway prepares graduates to pursue careers in:

  • Theatre
  • The Music Industry
  • The Film Industry
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Arts Administration
  • Education
  • Academia
  • Performance.

The programme also prepares students for graduate study in:

  • Music
  • Film Studies
  • Drama Studies
  • Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Media Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education.

In addition to MLitt and PhD programmes in Music, Drama and Film, UCD offers the following taught graduate degrees:

  • MMus (Musicology or Ethnomusicology)
  • MA in Film Studies
  • MA in Drama and Performance Studies

What Will I Study

The first year of the programme builds students’ vocabulary and fluency in key analytical techniques and introduces students to the cultural and historical contexts of music, film and drama. Second year modules broaden the scope of inquiry, moving from central texts and practices to the representation of lesser-known voices and issues. In your third and fourth years of the programme, you will forge your own path, taking modules that focus on specific genres and/or issues in these art forms. You can also choose to incorporate a one-semester humanities internship or study abroad. In the final year, students will work on a major BA dissertation which will allow them to produce a sustained research project on a topic of their choice, working one-on-one with an expert in the field.

First Year

  • Composition, Performance, and Reception
  • Adaptation, Transmediality, and Intertextuality
  • Intro to Physical Theatre
  • Musicianship
  • The Theatrical Event
  • Perspectives in Film I and II
  • Music, Culture and Society
  • Theatre Context and Conventions
  • Film Sound
  • Performance Electives.

Second Year

  • Play: Performance and Interactive Media
  • Cultures, Contexts, and the Arts
  • Popular Music and Culture
  • Staging Performance
  • European Cinema
  • Documentary and Ethnography
  • Music History Since 1750
  • History of TV
  • Irish Theatre
  • Hollywood
  • Musics of the World
  • Performance Electives.

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Third Year

Internship: Apply for an internship across a range of sectors from the arts and the public sector to business and the media. Get experience in an area that relates to your field of study and your desired career path.

Study abroad: Choose a semester abroad where you can study relevant modules at one of our 25 partner universities around the world.

Deepen your subject knowledge: Choose from a range of Music, Film and Drama modules, including: The Symphony & European Culture, Educational Drama & Augusto Boal, Contemporary Alternative Cinema, Staging Texts, Topics in Ethnomusicology, Performance Electives.

Fourth Year

  • The Oedipus Myth
  • Music and Film
  • Screen Comedy
  • Film Animation
  • Modernism & Avant Garde
  • Performance Electives

You will complete an extended research project/dissertation in your chosen specialised area.

International Study Opportunities

We offer a number of Erasmus and Study Abroad opportunities, both in Europe

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Czech Republic

and further afield

  • Queen’s University, Canada
  • Waseda University, Japan
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Davis  
  • University of Melbourne.


“I studied English and Music for my degree and I enjoyed every minute of it. I found that studying these subjects together complemented and deepened my understanding of both. I write plays now and during a production, it’s important to be conscious of both the physical happenings on stage and the soundscape that will be presented as part of that production. I would recommend studying these subjects together as it would provide you with a fuller understanding of complementary disciplines working in harmony to create works of entertainment and art.”

Róisín Coyle Playwright (Music and English Graduate)

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