Drama Studies


Joint Major in Drama Studies Begins September 2017 

Beginning in September 2017, Drama Studies will be available as a Single Subject. In its three-year Bachelor of Arts programme, Drama Studies offers a range of modules that foreground the analysis of theatre and performance as live events. Students are taught in lecture and seminar settings, and are invited to follow practice-based option modules including: Introduction to Physical Theatre, Acting, Staging Performance, and Playwriting. In addition, organised visits to performances in the Dublin Theatre Festival and Fringe Festival are a feature of students’ experience and learning.

New from 2017 

Students can study Drama as a Joint Major Subject in combination with the following subjects: 

Art History Classics Irish Studies Mathematics
English History Italian Music
German Irish Latin Spanish
Greek Irish Folklore Linguistics Statistics



Click below on Year One, Two, or Three for module information 

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Drama and Performance Studies at UCD is grounded in approaching theatre as a performed medium. With this in mind, students will see cutting-edge work at the Dublin Fringe Festival, the Dublin Theatre Festival and other venues around the city, organized by the School. They will learn in academic and practical environments, acquiring the tools of performance analysis, investigating theatre history, and taking the practice-based module Introduction to Physical Theatre. 


Students will enrol in two Core modules:

SEM 1: DRAM10030 The Theatrical Event: Case Studies in Making Theatre

SEM 2: DRAM10010 Theatre Context & Conventions


And have two option modules available to them:

SEM: 1 DRAM10060 Introduction Physical Theatre

SEM 2: DRAM10070 Early Irish Theatre Movement 

Stage Two expands on knowledge and skills acquired in Stage One. Students will have the opportunity to take practice-based modules in acting and playwriting, and will continue to learn about contemporary performance through organized theatre visits in a number of their modules.  In year two, students will take the tools of performance analysis beyond the theatre and into the world through greater engagement with performance studies.

Students enrol in three core modules:

SEM 1: DRAM20010 Performance in Everyday Life                      

SEM 1: DRAM20180 20th Century Avant Garde Theatre

SEM 2: DRAM20110 Contemporary Ireland On Stage

And have a three of option modules available to them:                   

SEM 1: DRAM20170 Introduction to Acting          

SEM 1: DRAM20190 Playwriting

SEM 2: DRAM20090 Contemporary British Theatre                    

SEM 2: DRAM20160 Queer Theatre and Performance 

Stage Three synthesises the skills and knowledge acquired in previous years, progressing practical engagement through the creation and production of an original work in Performance Project, and developing their academic writing and research skills in Research Project. Student engagement with live performance continues through theatre visits and practice-based assessments in both core and option modules.


Students enrol in one core module:

SEM 2: DRAM30100 Contemporary Theatre & Performance


Students choose a minimum of 15 credits from the following options:

SEM 1: DRAM30110 Educational Drama and Agusto Boal (5 credit)

SEM 1: ENG31700 Theatre of Conor McPherson (5 credit)

SEM 2: DRAM30120 Beckett in Performance (5 credit)        

SEM 2: ENG30820 Theatre of Martin McDonagh (5 credit)

SEM 1&2: DRAM30130 Research Project (10 credit)                    

SEM 1&2: DRAM30140 Performance Project (10 credit) - by audition only



All current module offerings can be found here, on UCD Connect.

Ad Astra: Full-Year Modules 

DRAM30180: Ad Astra: Creating Theatre (Five elective credits) - by audition only