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Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education

Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education

Overview

Internationally recognised course geared towards unearthing the next batch of world-class drama and arts teachers

This drama course is designed for the contemporary practitioner in drama education, whether you are interested in teaching in a school or running a practice or studio.

Why Study Drama Education at Griffith College?

The Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education is available on a full or part-time basis over a 1-Year Period and comprises of two performance modules from the Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education, Ireland’s only specialised certification in drama education qualifications. The course will provide a path for the progression of drama students to teachers, as well as a professional development opportunity to revitalise the practices of existing drama teachers.

  • Modules are certified under QQI's Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Subjects Scheme (ACCS).
  • range of study options are available including part-time evening study, with the possibility to take the programme in three stages under the QQI ACCS scheme.
  • Access to performance oriented facilities, including a 600-seater concert hall and an impressively stocked drama library.
  • Access to fully equipped studios with the latest industry-standard music software for writing, recording, performing, editing, mixing and composing music.
  • Highly focused and experienced teachers, many of whom are active in the performance arena

What our students say

Niall Kinsella

I thoroughly enjoyed doing my H.Dip with the LSMD at Griffith College! It exposed me to a broad range of modules and was tailored to our individual strengths and needs. Since completing the course I have gone on to do a Masters and I teach piano & music theory.

Niall Kinsella
Diploma in Music Education
Course details
Core Subjects
Preparing the Performer

The module provides learners with classic and contemporary techniques that are relevant to modern theatre practice. The taught programme develops the learners’ skills allowing them to connect with, and recreate, the world around them through the understanding of postural forms, gestures, command of space as a substance to create objects, movement, identification with objects, breath and energy. Finally, they learn to to create a narrative that has a central character and dilemma.

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The Creative Process

A large part of drama teaching involves the skill of directing. Whether working in the private or public sector, performance, of some kind, is ultimately expected. This module gives learners a grounding in improvisation, which is the basis for devising, and then moves on to working with text. Learners are introduced to a variety of situations where they might need to draw on these different skills and tools, from entering grade exams, putting on their own school productions or devising with community/youth groups.

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Pedagogy and Drama Teaching Placement

This module consists of three elements. The first element deals with an examination of the theories and processes of teaching, learning and pedagogy as well as the integral part played by assessment in the process, in-group teaching and with individuals. The teaching of drama in the specified curriculum and classroom management is also examined in this section. The second element involves the practical application of the theories and learning in this and other modules in a practical teaching setting. The third element consists of an examination of the theory of inclusion. It deals with defining inclusion and looking at different models of assessing the learner.

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Professional Practice

This module affords the learner an opportunity to develop a practical business overview of their business that includes important aspects to protect both themselves and the learner in a competitive market. The content examines areas including health and safety, child protection, insurance, data protection, copyright and SME management.

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Psychology of Teaching and Learning

Learners are able to design effective classes for their ‘learners in a context’ informed by the main theories of learning and understanding different approaches to learner motivation. Learners can format classes informed by understanding the human limits of attention, perception and memory. Learners can structure lesson development through informed application of instructional design theories.

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Applications of the Creative Process

Part 1: Theatre Histories aims to provide learners with an awareness of the diversity of theatrical styles and encourage the learner to consider ways to relate historical works and conventions in a classroom setting. Part 2: Production and Technical Theatre aims to provide learners with a knowledge base and planning strategy to develop and present a theatre production in a managed and safe way and encourage the learner to apply these principles in the classroom. Part 3: Application of Directing aims to put into further practice the skills that have been developed throughout previous modules with regard to directing. Learners direct a scene, from a period covered in Theatre History, and use theatrical elements of Production to enhance the performance.

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Course Contacts

Suzanne
Binley
Dublin Main Campus Campus
T: 
01-4150467
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

A primary degree in a drama related field or A primary degree in a non-cognate (unrelated) discipline + grade 10 in Speech and Drama from the LSMD, or an approved substitute. Candidates with significant prior experience in drama education or performance may also be considered under the College’s APL and APEL policy. In all such cases, candidates will be required to submit their application for consideration by the College’s academic and professional council and may be required to present for interview and/or audition.

How to Apply

All applicants must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the website homepage.

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2018 will be asked for a copy of their passport. 

English Language

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.

Fees

For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from time of application.

Tuition Fees
Irish/EU, living in Ireland

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Part-time

Dublin 

EUR 6,050.00

Irish/EU, living abroad

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

 EUR 6,850.00

 

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.

Sponsorship

Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.

Progression

Academic Progression

Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education may progress on to study at Level 9

Career Progression

Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education will be qualified to teach drama, either as private practitioners, or in schools, and will have a good basis for professional progression in drama education and training.

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