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Course Overview

The MA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy cultivates the growth of the individual writer through an intensive one-year immersion in an ensemble-based learning environment. Based at the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, you will be immersed in a natural environment for creating and thinking about theatre practice.

As a student, you will take modules on playwriting and other forms of theatre practice through which you will have the opportunity to specialise further, based on your own skills and interests. You will cultivate your skills as writers of dramatic texts (playwriting) but also increase your knowledge of a wide range of theatrical structures and forms (dramaturgy) to expand yourrange as artists. As a writer on this programme, you will hone your craft through intensive mentorship and a rigorous programme of modules, workshops and theatre trips that places your individual work in the context of the contemporary theatre industry and the history of theatre craft. The programme concludes with a playwriting dissertation advised by a professional writer and features a public reading of the your new work at the O’Donoghue Centre.

Why choose this course?

The course draws on NUI Galway’s long track record of producing award-winning playwrights, theatre critics, academics and practitioners. The course facilitates the development of the your individual playwriting craft by exposing you to a range of theatre practices within an ensemble-based learning environment. You are are based at the world-leading centre for study and research in Irish theatre and performance. Given NUI Galway’s rich tradition of student productions, you will also have ample opportunities to stage their plays. And with Galway’s vibrant creative scene, you can see world-class work throughout the academic year.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of NUI Galway writing programmes have gone on to doctoral programmes in the humanities, to teaching, to employment in journalism, magazine editing, travel writing, technical writing, and public relations as well as publishing anthologies and books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. In the field of theatre, our graduates have gone on to write for such theatres as the Abbey (Ireland) and the Traverse (Scotland), while many have also staged their own works at Festivals in Dublin, Galway, Edinburgh and elsewhere.

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College of Arts Social Sciences and Celtic Studies

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Toàn thời gian (1 năm)

Học phí
€15,550.00 (397,380,124 đ) một năm
Ngày bắt đầu

Dự kiến Tháng Chín 2020

Địa điểm

National University of Ireland, Galway

University Road,


Republic of Ireland

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Dành cho sinh viên đến từ Việt Nam

Other English Language Requirements: Pearson PTE score of 61.

Dành cho sinh viên quốc tế

At least a Second Class Honours, Grade 2 (H2.2 or GPA 3.0) undergraduate degree, a personal statement addressing their theatre experiences and aims, two letters of reference, and a writing sample (5–6 pages) this can be an academic essay, creative writing or theatre reviews. 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 Honours 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.

All applicants, whose first language is not English, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language.

IELTS: 6.5 overall; TOEFL iBT: 88; Pearson PTE: 61.

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