Program Title

BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies

Program Duration (Months)


Study Modes

Full Time

Educational qualification required for admission

Higher Secondary School

Admission Criteria

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

  • Students are required to hold their Intermediate/Higher Secondary Certificate with good results with first-division/class standing and a minimum average grade of 70%.
  • A language other than English and Mathematics must be taken as a subject up to Grade X.
  • Where there is a specific subject requirement for a specific programme (e.g. Maths, Physics, French, etc.), a minimum grade of 70% in that subject at Grade XII is required.
  • English language requirements also apply.
Program Description

The BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies is an innovative four-year, full-time honours degree (Level 8) in drama and theatre studies. Launched in 2015, it is the first programme of its type in Ireland and gives students around and broadly-based education in drama and theatre, and a specific set of skills in the contemporary and applied aspects of the field. It deals with all the general areas of drama, such as ensemble performance, the study of plays, theatre visits and studio practice. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own artistic skills and specialise in their own particular areas of interest. The programme will give participants a diverse, sophisticated and vocational experience.

Distinctive Features

Applied theatre is considered to be the study of drama and theatre across a range of practical applications and non-traditional settings, not defined by stage performance or the study of literary texts. Contemporary theatre signals that the programme will deal largely with current and emergent modes of theatrical production and reception.

Unique aspects of the BA CATS programme include:

  • A unique qualification in drama not offered elsewhere on the island
  • A strong balance of studio/workshop to classroom teaching
  • Access to two professional theatres (Lime Tree Theatre & Belltable), their staff and facilities
  • Participation, as part of the coursework, in three full-scale productions, staged to professional standards
  • Up to 15 theatre visits per year as part of the course
  • The opportunity to engage with professional, touring and community-based theatre practitioners and projects
  • The chance to develop a specialised set of skills and knowledge in areas such as drama facilitation, drama teaching, technical theatre, cultural policy and administration
  • Professional placements, giving students a unique range of contacts in an extensive range of arts organisations in Limerick, across the country and abroad
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