Theatre & Drama Studies (BA Honours) (Level 8)
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MTU CSM recommends that Special Category Applicants apply by 1st February, however, applications will be accepted up to 1st May.
4 years (8 semesters)
Theatre & Drama Studies is a practice-based course for those intending to pursue a career in theatre or dramatic arts. Individual acting skills, voice production, ensemble performance and related theatre design and technical audio visual studies equip the student to work in live theatre, broadcast media or community-based arts facilitation.
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
score the necessary CAO points
meet the minimum entry requirements
Minimum Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate Examination
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include either English or Irish. There is no specific Mathematics requirement. Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects for entry.
Vetting is conducted by the National Vetting Bureau (formerly known as the Garda Central Vetting Unit). The National Vetting Bureau (NVB) helps to assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.
Entrance Assessment Test
An Assessment Test is also required and is provisionally scheduled to take place at the MTU Cork School of Music 8th - 9th April, 2022.
Each candidate who sits an Entrance Exam is awarded up to a maximum of 600 points. Each standard candidate must achieve the minimum threshold of 276 points in the Entrance Test and must also meet the minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement in order to be eligible for admission. Note that Leaving Certificate exam points are not used to rank candidates)
N.B.Candidates are not allowed to defer the results of the Entrance Assessment Test.
For the practical assessment, candidates will prepare a three-to-four minute monologue from a published play of their choice. Individual auditions/interviews will also include the performance of a short, previously unseen text given on the day. Each candidate will also take part in a 45-minute group drama workshop.
Further details and an assessment information pack are available from csm.infoCork@mtu.ie
Please CLICK HERE to download sample paper.
There is a mandatory 84 hours work placement over a minimum of 8 weeks in Year 3.
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Helpful subject is English.
MTU Cork School of Music
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MTU Cork School of Music website
About the course
MT 939 Course Location: MTU Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork.
This Honours Degree course centres on theatre performance training, with supporting modules to facilitate wider career options. The course aims to produce artists that are physically and vocally flexible and intellectually alive and curious.
Alongside core disciplines of voice, movement and acting studies, you will develop a range of creative and practical techniques and transferable skills that will encourage you to be an independent thinking and motivated artist, an articulate and reflective practitioner equipped to succeed in a competitive profession. Small group and large ensemble practical and workshop sessions are balanced with lectures, tutorials and field-based studies.
Work Placement: In the second semester of Year 3, each student will have a supervised work placement in an appropriate professional environment. The work placement is done as a complete module with 84 hours work contact to be done in a minimum of 8 weeks.
Capstone Module: In the fourth and final year, each student works on an integrated production. As the emphasis throughout the course is on performance, this allows an involvement at a professional level as a theatre practitioner as the culmination of the four years’ work.
Erasmus Study Abroad
In third year, students may avail of the Erasmus Scheme to study abroad in a partner institution.
For details, see http://csm.mtu.ie
Graduates will be able to pursue any Level 9 course for which a drama degree is relevant and recognised – including postgraduate education programmes. Postgraduate study in education, drama therapy and arts administration are examples of what are possible pathways.
When I graduate from this degree, what necessary steps do I need to take to be qualified to teach?
Graduates may apply for the Professional Masters in Education courses that lead to certification as primary or second-level teachers. They may also apply for further education or third-level positions that require a level-8 drama qualification.
Are there early assessment procedures?
Yes, the assessment test will provisionally take place at the MTU Cork School of Music, Friday 8th & Saturday 9th April, 2022.
Are sample assessment papers available?
No. There is no written work required for the entrance assessment.
Can I avail of the Erasmus programme?
Yes, in Year 3, students may avail of the Erasmus Scheme to study abroad in a partner institution.
Is there a late application facility?
Yes, all applications are accepted up to the 1st May. However, CSM would prefer if special category applicants would apply by the 1st February as there is extra documentation required with such applicants.
Can I use the CAO Change of Mind facility?
Yes, but only if you have applied through CAO before the 1st February and have been auditioned and assessed for the course.
Can I defer the results of my assessment test from one year to the next?
Candidates are not allowed to defer the results of the assessment test.
Are there any scholarships available?
An entrance scholarship of €1,000 will be awarded to a first year BATDS entrant based on their assessment test.
Emma completed her degree in 2016. During her studies, she appeared in several stage productions including the Irish premiere of The Laramie Cycle, and Our Town. She also appeared as Mary Boyle in Juno and the Paycock, and in Room for Two. In film, Emma starred alongside Brian Gleeson in the Irish neo-Western drama Darkness on the Edge of Town which recently got distribution on America Netflix and iTunes.
Emma most recently appeared as Janette in BBC’s hit comedy drama The Young Offenders (BBC3/BBC1). Emma also appears as a recurring character (Amber) in Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope season 2 (RTE 2), and appeared as a series regular (Michele) in Nowhere Fast for the same channel at the end of 2017. Also for the BBC, Emma appeared as series regular Tara in Overshadowed, and as Gyda in season 6 of Viking.
MTU has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.
Graduates will have the ability to pursue careers in the performing arts, education, arts administration, community arts, film and television media.
Potential Areas of Employment
- Theatre Designer
- Theatre Technician
- Drama Teaching
- Community Arts
- Theatre in Education
- Arts Administration
- Film and Television
CAO 1st Round:
Each candidate who sits an Entrance Exam is awarded up to a maximum of 600 points. Each standard candidate must achieve the minimum threshold of 276 points in the Entrance Test and must also meet the minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement in order to be eligible for admission. Note that Leaving Certificate exam points are not used to rank candidates.
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