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BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies

Mary Immaculate College
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
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BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies

Program description

BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies

The BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies is an innovative four-year, full-time honours degree (Level 8) in drama and theatre studies. Launched in 2015, it is the first program of its type in Ireland and gives students a round and broadly-based education in drama and theatre, and a specific set of skills in the contemporary and applied aspects of the field. It deals with all the general areas of drama, such as ensemble performance, the study of plays, theatre visits and studio practice. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own artistic skills and specialise in their own particular areas of interest. The program will give participants a diverse, sophisticated and vocational experience.

Admission requirements

EU Applicants

You are advised to contact the MIC Admissions Office before applying.

Non-EU Applicants

Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin.

Check your country on the website.

Application Information

Download and complete the application form, paying particular attention to the following requirements:

  • Please enclose detailed certified results and awards for all examinations mentioned in the application form (certified original documents and certified English translation where applicable).
  • Official results and award of examinations to be taken should be submitted as soon as they are available.
  • If you are from a non-English speaking country, you will be required to show evidence of a high level of competence in English as part of the application. Visit the website for English language requirements.
  • Please note that your application form cannot be considered unless certified results and awards are submitted.
  • When detailing result/grade/mark, please include QCA/GPA, mark or percentage relative to marking system at your university.

Intake onto this programme is once a year in September

You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying.

Transferring from another 3rd Level Institution

The transfer route into MIC depends on the content overlap of your new and old course and the number of places on the new course in the year you apply. Before submitting an application you should contact MIC where we will consider your case with the relevant Head of Department of the course you wish to transfer to.

EU/Non-EU Status Assessments

The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees they will pay at MIC, i.e. there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the course of their third-level studies and would qualify for EU fees for example.

Visit the school's website for more information on EU/Non-EU assessments which will be conducted by MIC International office to determine status.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Drama, Theatre and Performance
  • Movement, Voice and Body in Theatre
  • Introduction to Technical Theatre
  • Contemporary Irish Theatre 1
  • Devising Theatre

Semester 2

  • The History of Theatre and Performance
  • Introduction to Applied Theatre
  • Masks and Puppetry in Performance
  • Ensemble Performance 1

Semester 3

  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Critiquing Theatre
  • Contemporary Irish Theatre 2
  • Ensemble Performance 2

Semester 4

  • Contemporary European & World Theatre
  • Digital Theatre
  • Storytelling & Poetry in Performance
  • Community Theatre
  • Performance & Music

Semesters 5 & 6

  • Off-Campus program 1 & 2 (Work Placement and/or Study Abroad)

Semester 7

  • Scenography, Costume & Lighting Design
  • Cultural Policy & Administration
  • Research Skills/Practice as Research
  • Directing & Writing for Theatre
  • Undergraduate Research Project 1

Semester 8

  • Drama Education
  • Contemporary Performance Theory
  • Ensemble Performance 3
  • Undergraduate Research Project 2

Scholarships & funding

International scholarships are not available. Third-level education in Ireland is already heavily subsidised by the Government so our tuition fees are already lower than other countries and directly benefit the student.

Tuition fees

For information on undergraduate programme fees please visit the school's website.

Career opportunities

Possible destinations for graduates include further academic study in the field of drama/theatre; or further vocational training in a specific discipline of drama/theatre such as acting, theatre design or stage management. Graduates may also enter employment with a theatre company or venue, or may work in a freelance capacity in some aspect of drama/theatre artistic practice. Graduates of the BA CATS program may be particularly suited to work in the following specific disciplines of theatre:

  • Community theatre
  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Youth Theatre
  • Theatre in Education
  • Drama education/teaching
  • Street theatre
  • Storytelling
  • Theatre for development;
  • Museum theatre
  • Reminiscence theatre
  • Theatre in health education
  • Dramatherapy
  • Technical theatre
  • Documentary/Verbatim theatre
  • Site-specific theatre

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Mary Immaculate College

Mary Immaculate College (MIC), founded in 1898, is Ireland’s leading university-level College of Education and Humanities. The College has a growing and diverse community of almost 5,000 students, who are enrolled in undergraduate programs in Education, Liberal Arts, Contemporary and...

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Mary Immaculate College

South Circular Road
V94 VN26 Limerick

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