Theatre Practice & Production

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The MA in Theatre Practice and Production prepares students for professional-level work in the theatre and other creative industries. Students take modules in many different aspects of theatre practice, including ensemble performance, direction and performance. An optional internship with an Irish theatre company forms part of the course. During the summer months, students complete a practice-based research project in acting, playwriting, direction, devising or design – and this is used for their final dissertation.

Students benefit from our continuing links and partnerships with many Irish theatre companies, including Druid, The Abbey (Ireland's National Theatre), the street theatre company Macnas and the world-renowned Galway Arts Festival. Our intensive programme of talks by leading artists and scholars puts you directly into conversations about the state of theatre now.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. Central to the programme is the work of the Druid Academy. It allows students to benefit from NUI Galway's partnership with Druid Theatre – recently described by the New York Times as "one of the world's great theatre companies".

2. Students work directly with the Druid Theatre Director-in- Residence and participate in masterclasses and workshops with members of the company, including artistic director Garry Hynes, the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing.

3. Students have access to the University's rich theatre facilities in the O'Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
The programme is intended for graduates with at least a Second Class Honours Grade 2 (H2.2 or GPA 3.0) degree, a writing sample (5–6 pages)—academic essay, theatre reviews, excerpt from play, director's notebook, etc., a personal statement outlining suitability for and interest in the programme, and names and contact details for two references.

Entry for candidates with significant relevant experience may be possible. Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted via a qualifying exam if they have relevant professional experience, or be admitted to the PDip. Students who do not meet the honours degree requirement but have a Level 7 (Merit 2) degree may be admitted to the PDip course, with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their course work during the year.


1 year full-time.

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Career opportunities
The course is geared towards people who wish to work in the theatre, arts or creative industries. It is also relevant to people who wish to develop their skills while working in such fields as amateur theatre or education.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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