Performing Arts & Culture

Acting is just one of many aspects of this multidimensional curriculum that encompasses the theatrical experience as a whole.

Program overview

You’ll learn acting, set design, how to write plays, and all that’s entailed in being both a director and a producer. While all of these courses help prepare you for a life in the theater, much of the knowledge you’ll gain can also apply to other professions that require skilled presentation and persuasion skills.

Few cities capture the pulse of Western theater as Dublin does. More than a dozen theaters, offering performances both intimate and grand, are here. Many of the greatest playwrights lived or worked here, including Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, Brendan Behan and Oscar Wilde. This rich cultural heritage permeates the city. No one does drama quite like Dublin!

Acting is just one of many aspects of this multidimensional curriculum that encompasses the theatrical experience as a whole.

Eligibility

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • 18 years of age
  • At least sophomore standing (second year) at time of participation
  • Good standing at home school

Curriculum overview

Against this backdrop, you will have the opportunity to select up to four Performing Arts electives per semester, or up to two per summer session. You will also be able to select Liberal Arts electives, all with an Irish focus.

During the academic year, a core course in Irish Cultural Studies is also required.

Exciting excursions, both day and overnight, are part of every program. Please note that excursions are subject to change.

Fall and Spring Semester

Course Load: 5 courses total

Credits: 15 semester / 22.5 quarter hours

*Students wishing to take more than the standard course load may do so at an additional fee.

Core Course (required):
LIB480 Irish Cultural Studies (This course includes 2 day and 2 overnight excursions)

Performing Arts Electives Liberal Arts Electives
CW222 Writing for Screen 3 LIB205 Anglo-Irish Writers
CW231 Writing for Stage 1 LIB206 Cinema and Society
PA203 Acting 1 – Creating Character LIB400 Irish Nationalism
PA331 Event Studies LIB402 Oscar Wilde and his Circle
PA409 Performing Arts Project  

Additional Fall Semester 2017 Courses:
The following courses are also available during the semester and may be taken in place of the standard elective courses listed above. Please note additional courses may conflict with class dates and/or times of the standard elective courses.

Additional Performing Arts Electives Additional Liberal Arts Electives
CW200 Introduction to Creative Writing LIB201 War and Peace in the Modern World
  LIB203 Imagination and Storytelling
  LIB302 Irish Migration
  LIB304 Representations of Sexualities

View the most recent syllabi for available courses taught at American College Dublin on the syllabi page.

Excursions* (required as part of the core course):
2 day excursions:Glendalough, Bray Head
2 overnight excursions: Galway and Cliffs of Moher; Belfast (Northern Ireland), Titanic Studios, “Game of Thrones” sites and Giant’s Causeway

*Please note that excursions are subject to change.

Summer Sessions I, II and III (4 weeks)

Course Load: 2 courses total*

Credits: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours

*Students wishing to take more than the standard course load may do so at an additional fee.

Performing Arts Electives Liberal Arts Electives
CW231 Writing for Stage 1 LIB205 Anglo-Irish Writers
PA203 Acting 1 – Creating Character LIB400 Irish Nationalism
PA331 Event Studies LIB402 Oscar Wilde and his Circle

View the most recent syllabi for available courses taught at American College Dublin on the syllabi page.

Excursions*:
1 day excursion
1 overnight excursion

*Please note that excursions are subject to change.

Summer Sessions I + II and II + III (8 weeks)

Course Load: 4 courses total*

Credits: 12 semester / 18 quarter hours

*Students wishing to take more than the standard course load may do so at an additional fee.

Performing Arts Electives Liberal Arts Electives
CW231 Writing for Stage 1 LIB205 Anglo-Irish Writers
PA203 Acting 1 – Creating Character LIB400 Irish Nationalism
PA331 Event Studies LIB402 Oscar Wilde and his Circle

View the most recent syllabi for available courses taught at American College Dublin on the Syllabi page.

Excursions*:
2 day excursions
2 overnight excursions

*Please note that excursions are subject to change.

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