The MA in Theater Practice and Production at the O’Donoghue Centre prepares students for professional-level work in the theater and other creative industries.
Students take modules in many different aspects of theater practice, which focus on performance, direction, dramaturgy, theater business and production, and more. An internship (by application) with an Irish theater company forms part of the course. During the summer months, students complete a minor dissertation project, which may involve practice-as research, under the supervision of a member of staff. As a student at the O’Donoghue Centre, the world-leading center for study and research in Irish theater and performance, you will benefit from being immersed in a supportive, invigorating community of world-class practitioners and scholars, whilst also being based in Galway, home to a vibrant arts and theater scene. Central to the programme is the work of the Druid Academy. The course functions as an intensive laboratory that is student-directed and that enables close collaboration between theater practitioners and academics. It allows students to benefit from NUI Galway’s extraordinary partnerships with Irish theater companies, notably Druid Theater – recently described by the New York Times as “one of the world’s great theater companies”. Students work directly with the Druid Director-in-Residence and participate in master classes and workshops with members of the company including artistic director Garry Hynes, the first woman to win a Tony Award for Directing.
What you need to know
Where is the course located?
What is the length of the course?
12 Months (1 Year) Full-time
When can I apply?
You can apply today
When does the course start?
Application Closing Date
Open for an application
Number of Places
Fees and Funding
Non-EU Tuition Fees
Living Costs per year
Features and Benefits
- Recent graduates of our practical MA modules have gone on to work with many theatre companies including the Abbey Theatre, the Gate, Rough Magic, the National Theatre London, the Young Vic Theatre, and others.
- They have also found employment in education, the heritage and tourist industries, arts organisations, business and the public service. Many have formed their own performance companies and/or work independently as artists in the theatre, television and film industries.
How to Apply
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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:
- Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
- Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
- 2 letters of recommendation
- A copy of your passport
- Personal Statement
- Extra requests for certain courses
Minimum entry requirements
The programme is intended for graduates with at least a Second Class Honors Grade 2 (H2.2 or GPA 3.0) degree, a writing sample (5–6 pages) academic essay, theater reviews, excerpt from play, director’s notebook, and so on a personal statement outlining suitability for and interest in the programme, and names and contact details of two references. Entry for candidates with significant relevant experience may be possible. Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted via a qualifying exam if they have relevant professional experience, or be admitted to the PDip. Students who do not meet the honors degree requirement but have a Level 7 (Merit 2) degree may be admitted to the PDip course, with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their course work during the year.
Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19
Special Entry Requirements
Recent graduates of our practical MA modules have gone on to work with many theater companies including the Abbey Theater, the Gate, Rough Magic, the National Theater London, the Young Vic Theater, and others. They have also found employment in education, the heritage and tourist industries, arts organisations, business and the public service. Many have formed their own performance companies and/or work independently as artists in the theater, television and film industries.