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Creative Arts - Research

School Description:
The School of Creative Arts comprises of the three disciplines in the title. With 17 full-time academic members of staff, the School enjoys an international reputation for its research activities and achievements.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have an excellent primary degree, and / or professional qualification, in a relevant discipline from a reputable institution. In addition, PhD applicants should have an excellent Masters degree from a reputable institution. All applicants must have a fluent command of the English language. Since the demand for places is extremely high, these minimum requirements do not guarantee admission. Preference is given to the strongest academic applicants.

Further enquiries

Head of School: Associate Professor Ruth Barton
•Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Dr Paula Quigley
•Telephone:+353-1-896-1715
•Url: www.tcd.ie/creative-arts/

Comment

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing research.admissions@tcd.ie

Application date

Before You Apply

You are encouraged to read carefully the wide range of information about pursuing a higher degree by research at Trinity College Dublin provided by the Graduate Studies Office. We also recommend that you familiarize yourself with the specific regulations relating to higher degrees by research set out in the Trinity College Calendar Part III.

It is important to be aware that preference is generally given to students who want to work in areas of research in which a potential supervisor has an existing research interest. Please review the information on finding a supervisor and the research interests of our supervising faculty members.

When to Apply

You may apply at any point between the application being opened in the autumn and the closing deadline of 30th June. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as supervisor capacity may be limited.

If you intend to study full-time and also intend applying for either Postgraduate Ussher Fellowships or Postgraduate Studentships you are required to submit your formal application for the Doctoral Programme no later than 30th April. These awards are highly competitive and you are advised to start preparing a high-quality application well in advance of this deadline.

If you envisage that your research will involve the collection and analysis of larger amounts of quantitative data you may wish to enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics. The closing date to apply for this course is 30th June.

How to Apply

Applications should be made via our online application system. Go the the 'Application Weblink' below to choose the relevant degree and submit an application:

Please ensure that you provide all the documents required when making your online application. This must include:

•Two academic references;

•Academic transcripts which must be certified by the issuing body;

•A certified copy of degree certificate(s);

•A certified certificate of English Language Competency if English is not your first language (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS);

•Your research proposal

Applicants who have already been successful during a research grant interview or screening process (e.g. IRCSET, IRCHSS, Funded Research Positions, etc.) should provide relevant details as part of the application process. The online application process is mandatory even if your funding has been secured.

There is an online application fee of €55.

If you encounter difficulties in filing the relevant documentation you should direct your query to the Research Admissions Office . Please note that applications that are deemed incomplete due to the absence of key supporting documents will not proceed to the Doctoral Programme Committee for review.

Once you have submitted an online application you will be sent an acknowledgement email to the email address you provided when setting up your user account on the application system. The applicant portal will allow you to send and receive communications in respect of your application to Trinity College Dublin. You will be able to track the progress of your application at every stage of the admissions process, update your personal information, view decisions made on your application(s) and accept any offers you receive. For further information see: https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Research areas

School of Creative Arts

Our research covers a wide range of outputs and themes. Our staff are actively engaged in practice-based research, creating theatre works, music compositions and documentary films that explore conceptual issues through performance and other creative modes of expression. At the same time, we are fully committed to conventional academic publications. We believe in the value of research-based teaching and student learning. The School's research activities are guided by three core objectives: Ireland & the Arts, Globalisation & the Arts, and Technology & the Arts. The School is a member of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity's Arts and Humanities Institute, and is an active participant in the Hub's research themes, particularly: Making Ireland, Identities in Transformation, and Creative Arts Practice. The School hosts three taught MPhil programmes and has a thriving postgraduate research culture. We hold a weekly Creative Arts research seminar during term time, which offers an opportunity for staff and research students to present and receive feedback on their work in a collegial surrounding. We also host visiting speakers at these and other public events.

Staff are actively engaged in research networks, on editorial boards, and regularly organise conferences and other public events.

We welcome proposals for research projects at M. Litt (Masters by research), doctoral and post-doctoral levels in areas covered by staff in Drama, Film and Music and advise you to familiarise yourself with our staff profiles so you can see who might be available to supervise your work. Please be sure to contact that staff member in advance of submitting your proposal so that you can refine your ideas and can confirm the relevant staff member's availability for supervision and mentoring.

Our Departments:

Research strengths in Drama currently lie in the field of Irish & European Theatre, Theatre and Nation, Interculturalism/globalisation and performance, Identity Politics & Performance, and Performance and Technology. The School is located in the Samuel Beckett Centre that comprises a theatre, acting studios and seminar rooms. The School of Drama has a formal link with the Abbey Theatre principally for the development of training for theatre practitioners, and with the International Institute for Integration Studies. It boasts a large research community of M.Litt. & Ph.D. students.

The Department of Film enjoys an international reputation for its research in Irish cinema and the cinemas of the Irish diaspora, as well as for its work in the fields of film theory, and digital culture. Film Studies' facilities (screening room, film library, and digital video production room) are located on campus near the Samuel Beckett Centre. It is closely associated with the Irish Film Institute. Recently completed PhD topics include: 'White Cottage/White House: Irish-American Masculinities and spaces of home in Hollywood cinema, 1930-1960', 'Noir point blank – the 'dark interval' in Film Noir', and 'Cinematic Verbalists: dialogue integration in the work of selected contemporary American writer-directors'.

Music has three principal areas of research: composition, musicology, and music technology. Among the staff is composers, experts on melodrama, film music, twentieth-century sketch study, Debussy & Purcell. In addition it enjoys the resources of an extensive Audio Archive and two music technology labs (undergraduate and postgraduate). It is located in Front Square of College in its own dedicated premises. The Department offers the MPhil in Music Composition which attracts applicants from all over the world and research degrees (M.Litt. & Ph.D.) in its principal areas of expertise.

Applicants are advised to cover the following topics when applying for a PhD;

•Why are you applying to Trinity?
•How do you plan to fund your research?
•Highlight any exceptional educational achievement
•Clearly note the substantive and/or theoretical significance of your proposal
•Outline the methodology you will use to complete your research
•Detail how the proposal is an original topic
•Consider how your proposal relates to academic progress in this area of your topic

Enrolment and start dates

March 2020 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Drama (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Drama (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Film (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Film (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Music (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Music (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Drama (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Drama (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Film (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Film (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Music (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Music (Full-Time)

September 2020 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Drama (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Drama (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Film (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Film (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Music (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Music (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Drama (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Drama (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Film (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Film (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Music (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Music (Full-Time)

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