BA Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

We have developed this course in consultation with arts practitioners in Ireland and abroad. It has the support of nationally- and internationally-acclaimed theatre and film practitioners as well as major locally-based arts organisations including the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, The Model Arts Centre and The Hawk’s Well Theatre.

In year one, all students study acting, theatre design, voice and movement, cultural studies, digital media, performance analysis and directing.

In year two learners engage in set, costume and lighting design as a foundation for all industry design practices for stage, screen and TV. Learners respond to texts, materials, and characterisation to realise design in 3D form.

Cultural/Performance Studies introduce students to a variety of visual, literacy and critical faculties from a range of cultural and historical backgrounds. Plays, film, productions and live performance are considered from practical and academic contexts.

In year three, students focus on a complete design realisation in 3D scale with costume designs and technical drawings (CAD), in collaboration with a professional director. Cultural/Performance Studies: Students critically engage in theoretical and practical learning across a range of areas including postmodernism, gender theory, post-dramatic performance and post-colonialism.

You are introduced to the theatre and film industries by participating in a 4-6 week work placement of your choice, for example, at the Abbey Theatre, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company Sligo, CBC television (The Tudors) as well as in theatre companies across Europe and the United States.

Key Skills:

You will develop skills in performance design disciplines, including visual research and awareness; text and character analysis; spatial exploration; costume design and model-making; technical drawing and imaging for stage and film. The emphasis is on developing imagination, creativity and visual awareness along with interpretive and collaborative skills. Specific disciplines include film, TV, dance, opera, performance art and music video. You will collaborate with professional directors, prepare a portfolio of work and exhibit in the graduation exhibition.

Cultural Studies: Cultural Studies introduces you to a variety of visual, literacy and critical faculties from a range of cultural and historical backgrounds. The exploration of text to modes of performance is examined, including play texts, film, productions and performance art as well as visual and material culture.

Transferable Skills: You will develop generic and transferable skills such as research, critical thinking, analysis, written and verbal communication. Graduates can work both as creative individuals and as part of a team.

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Learn much more about this programme or Performing Arts in general at IT Sligo.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming programme in Writing and Literature with launch in Sept 2017.

DepartmentCodeAward
Computing & Creative Practices SG235 Ordinary Bachelor Degree Abinitio
2016 POINTS
N/A*
NFQ LEVEL
7
DURATION (YRS)
3

*New Common Points Scale

The new Leaving Certificate Common Points Scale from 2017 is not directly comparable with the scale that was in existence from 1992 to 2016.

Download the Grading Scale from www.transition.ie.

Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

Standard Leaving Cert entry requirements: min. five O6/H7, O6/H7 in English or Irish, no Maths.

Garda vetting:

You should note that all entrants to this course will be required to undergo vetting by the Garda Síochána. If you have a criminal conviction in Ireland or elsewhere, this may adversely impact on your ability to undertake a professional placement or to secure employment in the field of Performing Arts.

Career Opportunities

There is a steady demand for qualified practitioners in the theatre and film industries. Graduates will be qualified to work either as an actor or designer for theatre, film and TV, or alternatively in a range of areas across the performing arts and creative industries in Ireland and abroad.

Theatre Design: You will be employable in a range of careers in theatre design, TV and film design and related professions. Each year a graduate specialising in Theatre Design will receive a bursary from the Institute to take up a six month residency at the Abbey Theatre, called the Yeats Design Residency. 

Learn much more about this programme or Performing Arts in general at IT Sligo.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming programme in Writing and Literature with launch in Sept 2017.

What are my further study opportunities?

Upon graduating, you can continue to complete a Level 8 in Performing Arts at IT Sligo. Later you may choose to undertake a Higher Diploma in Education, Master of Arts, Master of Education, MPhil in Theatre and Performance, or embark on a PhD.

What subjects will I study?

Who do I contact?

Admissions Office
T: 353 (0) 71 931 8510

E: admissions@itsligo.ie