Drama and Theatre Studies BA (Hons) - CK112

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Course Title: Drama and Theatre Studies

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Drama and Theatre Studies

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 2015/16 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 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: 2015: 360. Points may vary from year to year.

Course Code: CK112


The Department of Drama and Theatre Studies (DTS) is a dynamic centre for creativity, diversity and intellectual growth, and one of the leading drama departments in Ireland.

DTS forms part of the School of Music and Theatre and is committed to excellence in teaching and research. It has a vibrant learning community dedicated to theory and performance practice, as well as historical, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural understanding of theatre and performing arts.

We offer courses on a full range of theatre theory and practices. DTS has close links with Cork Opera House, Everyman Palace Theatre, Triskel Centre and Firkin Crane, among others. It is located in The Granary Theatre and has close relations with DRAMAT, one of the best drama societies in the country. 

Students study either a single or joint subject degree while continuing to deliver public events, performances and research collaborations with creative industries through our interdisciplinary research centre.

Course Details

Teaching at DTS is research-led and is informed by a practice-based approach to teaching and the complementary relationship between theory and practice. The department offers four pathways at the end of Year 1.

Year 1,
Core modules:

  • Introduction to Practice, Text and Context
  • The Twentieth Century Theory of Practice 

Plus two Arts subjects from a list of 18 on offer.

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 Year 1 or Music if you have chosen the Drama and Theatre Studies with Music pathway.

Year 3
If you choose the single or joint pathways, you will be involved in a range of independent projects and a major Year 3 theatre production further shaping your knowledge, talents and skills in theatre theory and practice. 

Plus the same Arts subject chosen in Year 2.

Students taking Drama and Theatre Studies with Music combine 30 credits of Drama and Theatre Studies with 30 credits of Music modules as in Year 2.

Year 3 – International Pathway
The year is spent at an approved foreign university where students will study modules/courses to the equivalent value of 60 credits (or ECTS equivalent).

You will return to UCC to complete your degree in Year 4.

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.  

Detailed Entry Requirements

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

Additional requirements: 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.  This usually takes place in the Spring of the year of proposed entry. 

Students who wish to take Drama and Theatre Studies with Music must first apply through the CAO for Drama and Theatre Studies (CK112). In addition to the normal CAO requirements, such students must also satisfy the Professor of Music and the college that they are capable of successfully completing the Music component of the programme by taking and passing a Music test in September. Any student who passed the Music Entrance Test in April for Music or Arts-Music, and who subsequently secured a place in Drama and Theatre Studies, will be exempt from this Music test.

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

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

Application Procedure

EU applicants: Application to the Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including essays, project presentations, practical performance and exams.

Who Teaches This Course

Dr Marie Kelly (Head of Department)

Dr Roisin O’Gorman


Further Contact Information

Siobhan Hopcraft

T:+353 (0)21 4904229


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