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Theatre Practice

MA Theatre Practice

The MA in Theatre Practice is offered by UCD in partnership with the Gaiety School of Acting and aims to create future leaders in the theatre industry who have an all-round skills base in theatre practice.

The programme brings together UCD's rigorous academic scholarship and the Gaiety School of Acting's expertise in theatre practice and production to provide an inspiring and challenging environment. On graduation students will have learned skills to create and produce original works of theatre; to think conceptually about theatre practices and research in drama and performance; and be equipped to work knowledgeably in multidisciplinary contexts in practice-based creative processes.

-Hybrid approach to teaching and learning through academic modules at UCD and practice-based modules in the Gaiety School of Acting.

-Equips students to develop original conceptual ideas in theatre practice.

-Clear career pathways through access to national and international theatre networks, and theatre producers and presenters.

Entry requirements

1.(1) Academic/Professional Entry requirements: GPA 3.08, or Recognition of Prior Learning* as approved by the Graduate School Board of the UCD College of Arts and Humanities equivalent to final GPA 3.08 (as per UCD Academic Secretariat 6.3 (p.29) re. UCD M.A. Taught Awards: Honours Classification Table. *In exceptional circumstances applications may be considered in lieu of academic qualification as appropriate, where evidence of training, knowledge and substantial experience of the professional theatre industry is demonstrated. An offer will normally only be made after interview.

2.IELS, or equivalent, with an average score of 7:00 over all components and with a minimum of 6.5 in each band of the Academic Version.

3.Interview; Audition; CV/Portfolio; Writing sample (essay/critical review); Two References (one of which to be academic); Personal Statement.


1 year full-time (Z243)

2 years part-time (Z244)

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Our graduates develop broad skill-sets and progress to a wide range of interesting careers.

Many of our alumni work in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including education, the media, NGOs and the Arts whilst some continue on to PhD research.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Stacy Grouden

Contact Number: +3531 716 8604

Subjects taught

A selection of modules are offered by UCD and the Gaiety School of Acting. The final semester includes the core module, Thesis Research Project, offering students an opportunity to undertake significant original research. 90 credits must be successfully achieved in order to earn your M.A. in Theatre Practice. The credit value for all modules is 10 with the exception of the thesis research project.

Note these modules are subject to change:

UCD modules:

Research and Analysis in Drama and Performance Studies

Issues and Perspectives in Drama and Performance Studies

Thesis Research Project

Gaiety School of Acting modules:

Theatre Practice I

Theatre Practice II

The Body in Theatrical Space

Advanced Processes in Physical Theatre


Who should apply?

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes

International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes

International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This course is open to students who have an undergraduate degree in Drama or Theatre Studies or in a cognate subject area, and/or, to students who have demonstrable evidence of substantial experience and/or practice and/or training in theatre.

Facilities & Resources

Students in the MA in Theatre Practice will have access to UCD's full range of on campus teaching and rehearsal studio facilities, with regular guest lecturers from theatre makers and professionals from the theatre industry. The Gaiety School of Acting also offers a suite of centre-city studios and the Smock Alley Theatre, located in Temple Bar Dublin, where practical workshops and presentations of student performances will be developed, rehearsed and showcased.

Application date

How to apply?

The following entry routes are available:

MA Theatre Practice FT (Z243)

Duration: 1 Years

Attendance: Full Time

Deadline: Rolling *

MA Theatre Practice PT (Z244)

Duration: 2 Years

Attendance: Part Time

Deadline: Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

MA Theatre Practice (Z243) Full Time

EU fee per year - € 7315

nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Theatre Practice (Z244) Part Time

EU fee per year - € 4390

nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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