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Drama Studies

Drama Studies is offered as a joint-major subject in the BA Arts. 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

Drama and Performance Studies at UCD is grounded in approaching theatre as a 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 have the opportunity to take the practice-based module Introduction to Physical Theatre. 


Students will enrol in two Core modules:

Autumn: DRAM10030 The Theatrical Event: Case Studies in Making Theatre

Spring: DRAM10010 Theatre Context & Conventions

And have two option modules available to them:

Autumn & Spring: DRAM10060 Introduction Physical Theatre

Spring: 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. 

Students enrol in two core modules:

Autumn: DRAM20180 20th Century Avant Garde Theatre

Spring: DRAM20110 Contemporary Ireland On Stage

And choose three option modules:                   

Autumn: DRAM20170 Introduction to Acting          

Autumn: DRAM20190 Playwriting

Spring:  DRAM20090 Contemporary British Theatre                    

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 the Independent Study module. Student engagement with live performance continues through theatre visits and practice-based assessments in both core and option modules. Students will take the tools of performance analysis beyond the theatre and into the world through greater engagement with performance studies.

Students enrol in two core modules:

Autumn: DRAM30100 Contemporary Theatre & Performance

Autumn: DRAM30220 Performance in Everyday Life 

Students choose a minimum of 15 credits from the following options. Students may take up to 10 additional credits in Drama Studies in place of elective modules/credits (module capacity permitting):

Spring: DRAM30120 Beckett in Performance (5 credit)        

Spring: DRAM30250 Theatre of Martin McDonagh (5 credit)

Autumn & Spring: DRAM30130 Independent Study (10 credit)                    

Autumn & Spring: DRAM30240 Performance Project (15 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


Delivery of Teaching for Autumn Trimester 2020–21

The School of English, Drama, and Film has put a great deal of thought into balancing the many concerns brought by covid-19, including prioritizing the health and safety of all students and staff, the need for social distancing and personal protection, managing limitations on the use of classroom space, and the desire to provide opportunities to build personal connections among students and faculty. For the Autumn trimester, the majority of our classes will continue to be provided online, and face-to-face classes will only take place for small groups where such instruction is considered pedagogically and practically necessary, and safe. We see online instruction as the most equitable pedagogical solution since not all students will be able to come into campus due to concerns for their own health or those of family members. For those students unable to come to campus, all face-to-face classes will have alternative online modes of learning. For the Spring trimester, we aim to return to our normal face-to-face teaching arrangements, if circumstances permit. While each module will be handled differently, students can expect the following overarching principles:

  • All lectures will be delivered online, and made available as recordings, in accordance with public health restrictions on mass gatherings.
  • As the learning objectives of seminar and tutorial classes are compromised by social distancing and the wearing of facemasks, most classes will take place online, with some exceptions where practical and safe.
  • All meeting times and meeting modes will be clearly detailed in the module outline available on Brightspace for each module.
  • All synchronous (live) teaching, whether face-to-face or online will be dictated by the university timetable.
  • Since not all students will be able to come to campus in a given week, all face-to-face instruction will be replicated with online resources or classes.
  • Student engagement will be key to the success of online material, and students should expect an emphasis on continuous assessment including the submission of weekly written work and/or discussion boards and/or other tools that increase engagement between students and faculty.
  • Students will be given the opportunity to interact with peers and instructors in online formats and are free to schedule on-campus meetings with other students in order to work on assigned work on the module.
  • Faculty will provide details on consultation hours; as face-to-face meetings should be kept to a minimum for safety reasons, staff consultation hours will only be provided online.
  • Faculty will endeavour to provide as much of the learning materials for modules as possible in electronic form, insofar as this is possible and practical. Students are still expected to purchase books and other materials as required for each module.
  • All coursework submission will take place online through Brightspace. Examinations will also be online, with exam papers released electronically to students in advance of the designated submission time.
  • The School understands that online classes rely upon students having access to reliable internet and sufficient digital devices. If you do not have ready access to such things, you should contact one of the student advisors for the College.
    • Mr. James Ronan james.ronan@ucd.ie
    • Dr. Letizia Vettor letizia.vettor@ucd.ie

All modules in the School have been assessed for the safest and fairest means of delivery. Specific information about each module and programme will be available in late August in time for registration in September. All School plans are based on the public health guidance currently available, and are subject to change.

If you have any general queries, please contact the Arts and Humanities Connector at https://www.ucd.ie/artshumanities/contact/artshumanitiesconnector/