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Drama & Theatre Studies

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Date of Review Sep 30, 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 1st
Student Type Traditional
From Mayo Ireland
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Why did you choose your course?

I chose my course because I have always been really interested in drama, and have been performing from a young age. I went to see some plays in Dublin when I was a kid and as I reached Transition year I began to look more for colleges that provided theatre-based courses but with a heavy emphasis on the academic side, too. I have always been a lover of English and the study of plays so I would not have been happy in a strictly performing arts course. I attended the Trinity College Open Day and talked to students to try to make up my mind. It seemed like the perfect course for me, with the right balance of academia and practical with lots of choice as the third year of studying comes along. I gave it my CAO Number 1 and now here I am!

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

It was definitely the right choice for me; Drama and theatre Studies has everything that I hoped for and expected: academic work balanced with practical work. Every day I learn about aspects of the theatre I never even thought about, such as lighting design, and I engage with so many different plays and genres, all of which are discussed in lectures, seminars and then through practical classes which help to tie together our understanding of the concept with our growing knowledge of theatre. I have also improved as a performer and have grown a lot more self-confident as a result. It has definitely been the right course for me.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week? (labs,tutorials,lectures,etc)

11-15hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

Is your course weighted more on

Continuous assessment

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

I truly love the small class size(s) of the Drama and Theatre Studies course. There are forty people studying Drama Studies (either Single Honours like me or with another subject, TSM) so our lectures are only ever this big! This allows for a really nice environment where we can speak up and discuss things as a class, no matter what environment we are in. The lecturers are really encouraging, also, and they instill a love of discourse and analysis in us; the emphasis on self-directed learning is also really strong, so we do a lot of research ourselves which makes the subjects ten times more interesting, My other favourite aspect is the great balance in the course; there is just enough academic and practical work.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

There are no aspects of my course that I dislike. Every now and then, I have some issues with the way some of our lecturers work: some are very tech-savvy and use projections and give us online notes; however, some simply read aloud from their notes and I find it hard to keep up! However, the content itself remains really interesting and I do enjoy the work and the lectures.

Was your course what you expected?

Yes

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

I feel like I knew a lot about my course before I started from all the research I put in, however, I was not aware how much reading there would be (and this goes for all Arts courses, it seems!). If I had known this, I would not have done anything differently about applying for the course; however, I think I would have been more organised at the beginning of the year with finding the texts and getting them read before the seminars!

Why?

The drama section of the library is very small and there is usually only one copy, if any, of the text we have been assigned. When forty students are all competing for this text, it is hectic and unfair, not to mention around exam-time when we are competing with the other years of Drama, too, and possibly some post-graduates or English students for whom these texts apply. The opening hours are some of the most limited in the country, too, which is very annoying. I enjoy the 24 hour study space and find that to be the greatest success of our library I also find it very easy to use and have no problems getting around or finding things: just when it comes to my course, it does not suit at all.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Neither Easy not Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Less than other courses

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