Drama and Theatre Studies BA (Hons) - CK112

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Course Title: Drama and Theatre Studies

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Duration: 3/4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BA (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2014/15 the Student Contribution Charge will be €2,750 and the Capitation Fee will be €165.

Entry Requirements: HC3 in two subjects, and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. Students must also pass a special entrance exam.

Entry Points: 2013: 375. Points may vary from year to year.

Course Code: CK112


The Department of Drama and Theatre Studies (DTS) forms part of The School of Music and Theatre and is a dynamic centre for creativity, diversity and intellectual growth. DTS is committed to excellence in teaching and research, and is one of the leading drama departments in Ireland.

DTS has a vibrant learning community dedicated to theory and performance practice, historical, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural understanding of theatre and performing arts.

We offer courses on a full range of theatre theory and practices, with particular strength in International and European theatre, contemporary performance practice, interdisciplinary and intercultural performance, Irish theatre and physical theatre. Our close links with Cork Opera House, Everyman Palace Theatre, Triskel Centre and Firkin Crane, among others, allow our students exposure to a broad range of cultural and performance practices. DTS graduates have successfully found employment in theatre, media, arts administration and education at all levels and many of them have established their own companies.

Students study either a single or joint subject degree while continuing to deliver public events, performances and research collaborations with creative industries locally, nationally and internationally through our interdisciplinary research centre, which brings together scholars across various disciplines and courses

Course Details

The Department of Drama and Theatre Studies offers joint honours and a single subject degrees. Teaching at DTS is research-led and is informed by a practice-based approach to teaching and the complementary relationship between theory and practice.

In year 1, you take the modules Introduction to Practice, Text and Context and The Twentieth Century Theory of Practice gaining solid understanding of theatre practice, critical and historical contexts plus two Arts subjects from a list of 18 on offer.

In year 2, the focus is on Theatre Production, Text and Context 2 and a range of skills-based modules including:

• Technical Theatre
• Voice
• Physical Theatre
• Performance Studies
• Interdisciplinary Performance
• Applied Theatre

plus one Arts subject continued from first year.

In year 3, you will be involved in a range of independent projects and a major third year theatre production further shaping your knowledge, talents and skills in theatre theory and practice. The Department is located in The Granary Theatre and has close relations with DRAMAT society (one of the best drama societies in the country). Both the wide-ranging cross-disciplinary joint honours and the practice-focused single honours degrees will provide you with the basis to go on to further work in a wide variety of fields, pursue further specialisation, training and apprenticeships in theatre, film and television, work in education or form your own company plus the same Arts subject chosen in second year.

For further information on course details see book of modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

• Leaving Cert entry requirements: HC3 in two subjects, and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

• All applicants are required to pass a special drama workshop and interview and will be called for this automatically once the application is made through the CAO.

• Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO, including a personal statement, and must also apply for and sit the MSAP exam. There are 5 places available on this course for mature students.

• International Students should visit the International Education Website: .

FETAC Links Booklet (1,515kB)

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to the first year of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply on-line at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1stFebruary of the year of entry.

Non-EU applicants


Essays, project presentations, practical performance and exams.

Who Teaches This Course

Dr Aleksandar Sasha Dundjerovic (Head of Department)

Dr Bernie Cronin

Dr Roisin O’Gorman

Dr Marie Kelly

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