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Theatre Practice

MA Theatre Practice
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The M.A. in Theatre Practice is offered by UCD in partnership with the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin and aims to provide students with diverse advanced skills in the practice of theatre grounded in academic and practice-based theories.
• 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.

Course Description
The M.A. 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's ethos emphasises the complementarity of theory and practice by bringing together UCD's rigorous academic scholarship and the Gaiety School of Acting's expertise in theatre practice and production. The programme offers best-practice methods in teaching and fosters students' independent, self-motivated and critical thinking. 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.

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

Career Opportunities
Students' broad skills-set offers diverse career options: further study to PhD; teaching in drama and performance at second and third level institutions; for students aspiring to work in the theatre industry skills in theatre practice will enable access to posts in artistic, creative and/or executive management; dramaturgy; programming; production; and/or to develop individual career pathways.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Stacy Grouden
Contact Number: +3531 716 8604

Subjects taught

Sample Modules
90 credits must be successfully achieved in order to earn your M.A. in Theatre Practice. (Note these modules are subject to change). The credit value for all modules is 10 with the exception of the thesis research project.
• UCD Research and Analysis in Drama and Performance
• UCD Issues and Perspectives
• GSA Theatre Practice 1
• GSA Theatre Practice 2
• GSA The Body in Theatrical Space
• GSA Advanced Processes in Physical Theatre
• UCD Thesis Research Project (30 credits)

Core modules are offered in Semesters 1 and 2. A limited number of Option Modules are available in Semesters 1 and 2. The final Semester includes the Core module, Thesis Research Project.

Stage 1 - Core
Research and Analysis in Drama and Performance

The Body in Performance

Issues and Perspectives in Drama and Performance

Theatre Practice 1 (GSA)

Theatre Practice 2 (GSA)

Thesis Research Project

Scripting Performance (GSA)


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 and Resources
Students have access to all UCD facilities and to the suite of studios and theatre spaces of the Gaiety School of Acting located in Dublin's city-centre at Smock Alley Theatre - 1662 Temple Bar.

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 - €7,055
non EU fee per year - €19,200

MA Theatre Practice (Z244) Part Time
EU fee per year - €4,235
non EU fee per year - €9,600

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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