DN530 BA Humanities Music, Film & Drama (MCS4)

The BA Humanities is an innovative, interdisciplinary four-year programme that combines multiple subjects to provide coherence and depth to student learning within nine carefully structured pathways. Taught by expert academics in the Arts and Humanities, the BA Humanities programme offers both intensive training in particular disciplines and unique skill sets that are developed by bringing together subjects that and relate closely to each other. Students will gain essential life and employment skills, including critical, analytical and creative thinking, and expert communications, while learning how to be adaptable and flexible in preparation for employment in a dynamic work environment.

This pathway allows students to immerse themselves in the close, interdisciplinary study of Music, Film and Drama, with the aim of understanding how they have come to engage with and express the core of human experience. By studying them from sociocultural and historical perspectives, students will be able to understand the ways in which they have influenced and continue to transform each other. Students will also learn how to understand the inner workings of these art forms and the theories informing them, while deepening their practical knowledge of how to write about these distinct forms for commercial, creative and critical audiences.

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This 4-year pathway allows students to immerse themselves in the close study of music, film and drama, to understand them from cultural and historical perspectives, and to explore the ways in which they influence and transform each other. By providing students with a firm grounding in analytical techniques and aesthetic theory, we encourage the close reading of cultural artefacts to help students develop a nuanced understanding of form, genre, and process. By relying upon a shared body of scholarly work drawn from literary theory, cultural studies, anthropology, and media studies, we give students the opportunity to approach and apply complex theoretical perspectives to a variety of art forms, and appreciate both the similarities and differences between the two. Finally, by incorporating modules that explore the social and historical contexts of music, film, and drama, we emphasize the interconnectedness of art and culture, and help students articulate and appreciate the value of the arts in human life. The first year of the programme builds students’ vocabulary and fluency in key analytical techniques and introduces students to cultural and historical contexts of music, film and drama. Second year modules broaden the scope of inquiry, moving from central texts and practices to the representation of lesser-known voices and issues. In the third and fourth year of the programme, students will begin to forge their own path, taking modules that focus on specific genres and/or issues in these art forms. Students can also choose to incorporate a one-semester humanities internship or semester abroad. In the final year, students will work on a major BA dissertation which will allow them to produce a sustained research project on a topic of their choice, working one-on-one with an expert in the field. The pathway is designed to be progressive; analytical skills developed honed in first and second year are used as the basis for independent research and writing in the final two years of the programme.


1 - Use skills of inquiry, research, critical thinking, and problem solving to pursue and evaluate knowledge.
2 - Evaluate ideas, challenge assumptions and develop creative solutions to problems including through the independent pursuit of knowledge and making connections between different disciplinary approaches and methods.
3 - Demonstrate effective communication, digital expertise, collaboration and leadership skills to convert decisions and commitments into action.
4 - Understand the ethical implications of ideas, communications, and actions including demonstrated awareness of the historical and cultural construction of knowledge systems and traditions.
5 - Understand the relevance and contribution of the Humanities to contemporary society and cultural practice including an ability to articulate the links between past and present as well as the influence of the past on shaping community and societal structures and beliefs.
6 - Articulate advocacy of human, social and cultural values with a propensity towards and awareness of the value of life-long learning, an understanding of how to learn, including an appreciation of the complexity of ideas, of societies, cultures and language.

UCD Arts & Humanities Programme Office,
Newman Building,
Belfield,
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 716 8321/8102

Web: www.ucd.ie/ahss

Stage 1

Students are pre-registered to 8 core modules (40 credits). Students should then choose a minimum of 3 option modules (15 credits). It is recommended that students spread their credit workload evenly between the Autumn Trimester and Spring Trimester.

Stage 2

Students take a minimum of 10 credits in each of the Music, Film and Drama option groups, however, a maximum of 20 credits can be taken in any one of the Music, Film or Drama strands. In addition, students take two core strand-specific 5-credit modules and electives worth 10 credits.

Stage 3

Students take up to 60 credits with no limitation in each of the Music, Film and Drama option groups.
Students who take a trimester abroad or internship must also complete 30 credits at stage 3.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
DRAM10010 Theatre Context and Conventions Autumn

5

FS10010 Introduction to Film and Media Autumn

5

MFD10010 Music, Film and Drama: Making, Doing, Interpreting Autumn

5

MUS10150 Writing about Music Autumn

5

DRAM10030 The Theatrical Event: Case Studies in Making Theatre Spring

5

FS10020 Introduction to Film and Media Theory Spring

5

MFD10020 Adaptation, Transmediality & Intertextuality Spring

5

MUS10120 Music, Culture and Society Spring

5

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options - A)3OF:
Choose three option modules (15 credits). Note: Students can take Music Theory 1 (MUS10190). They can also take Listening to Music (MUS10200) OR Musicianship (MUS10210).
     
MUS10200 Listening to Music Autumn

5

MUS10210 Musicianship Autumn

5

MUS20320 UCD Philharmonic Choir 5 Autumn

5

MUS20340 UCD Symphony Orchestra 5 Autumn

5

MUS20360 UCD Choral Scholars 5 Autumn

5

MUS20550 UCD Gamelan Ensemble 3 Autumn

5

MUS20670 UCD Composition Ensemble 1 Autumn

5

FS10030 Introduction to Film Style and Aesthetics Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

FS10040 Introduction to Film Sound Aesthetics Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

DRAM10060 Introduction Physical Theatre Spring

5

DRAM10070 Early Irish Theatre Movement Spring

5

MUS10190 Music Theory 1 Spring

5

MUS20330 UCD Philharmonic Choir 6 Spring

5

MUS20350 UCD Symphony Orchestra 6 Spring

5

MUS20370 UCD Choral Scholars 6 Spring

5

MUS20560 UCD Gamelan Ensemble 4 Spring

5

MUS20610 Music in Ireland Spring

5

MUS20630 Ad Astra Chamber Orchestra Spring

5

MUS20680 UCD Composition Ensemble 2 Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - A)3OF:
Choose three option modules (15 credits). Note: Students can take Music Theory 1 (MUS10190). They can also take Listening to Music (MUS10200) OR Musicianship (MUS10210).
     
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
HUM20040 Primary Source Research in the Humanities A: Exploring UCD Cultural Heritage Collections Autumn

5

MFD20010 Producing Music, Film & Drama Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options - A)MIN2OF:
Students take a minimum of 10 credits in each of the Music, Film and Drama option groups, however a maximum of 20 credits can be taken in any one of the Music, Film or Drama strands.
     
MUS20030 Studies in Irish Music Autumn

5

MUS20310 Popular Music and Culture Autumn

5

MUS20400 Early European Music Autumn

5

MUS20080 Musics of the World Spring

5

MUS20410 Music History Since 1750 Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - A)MIN2OF:
Students take a minimum of 10 credits in each of the Music, Film and Drama option groups, however a maximum of 20 credits can be taken in any one of the Music, Film or Drama strands.
     
Stage 2 Options - A*)MIN0OF:
Please note some performance modules are by AUDITION ONLY. Do not register to these modules until AFTER you have passed your audition.
     
MUS20320 UCD Philharmonic Choir 5 Autumn

5

MUS20340 UCD Symphony Orchestra 5 Autumn

5

MUS20360 UCD Choral Scholars 5 Autumn

5

MUS20550 UCD Gamelan Ensemble 3 Autumn

5

MUS20670 UCD Composition Ensemble 1 Autumn

5

MUS20330 UCD Philharmonic Choir 6 Spring

5

MUS20350 UCD Symphony Orchestra 6 Spring

5

MUS20370 UCD Choral Scholars 6 Spring

5

MUS20560 UCD Gamelan Ensemble 4 Spring

5

MUS20630 Ad Astra Chamber Orchestra Spring

5

MUS20680 UCD Composition Ensemble 2 Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - A*)MIN0OF:
Please note some performance modules are by AUDITION ONLY. Do not register to these modules until AFTER you have passed your audition.
     
Stage 2 Options - B)MIN2OF:
Students take a minimum of 10 credits in each of the Music, Film and Drama option groups, however a maximum of 20 credits can be taken in any one of the Music, Film or Drama strands.
     
DRAM20090 Contemporary British Theatre Autumn

5

DRAM20180 20thCentury AvantGarde Theatre Autumn

5

DRAM20030 Staging Performance: A Practical Approach Spring

5

DRAM20110 Contemporary Ireland On Stage Spring

5

DRAM20200 Contemporary American Drama Spring

5

DRAM20210 Theatre, Speech and Politics Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - B)MIN2OF:
Students take a minimum of 10 credits in each of the Music, Film and Drama option groups, however a maximum of 20 credits can be taken in any one of the Music, Film or Drama strands.
     
Stage 2 Options - C)MIN2OF:
Students take a minimum of 10 credits in each of the Music, Film and Drama option groups, however a maximum of 20 credits can be taken in any one of the Music, Film or Drama strands.
     
FS20140 Irish Cinema & TV - National Cinemas: Ireland Autumn

5

FS20200 Genre: Horror Autumn

5

FS20210 Women's Authorship in American Cinema Autumn

5

FS20130 History of Television - Production Cultures: TV History Spring

5

FS20150 Mediated Identities: Documentary and Social Consensus Spring

5

FS20180 Global Bollywood Spring

5

FS20190 Genre: Screen Comedy Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - C)MIN2OF:
Students take a minimum of 10 credits in each of the Music, Film and Drama option groups, however a maximum of 20 credits can be taken in any one of the Music, Film or Drama strands.
     
Stage 2 Options - D)MIN0OF:
This is a College of Arts and Humanities module. It is the equivalent of an elective. You take it instead of taking one of your Stage 2 electives. Please make sure that you have selected the correct number of programme options from the list above. This is not one of your required options. It is recommended in particular if you are considering applying for an internship option next year.
     
HUM20030 Career Readiness (Humanities) Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - D)MIN0OF:
This is a College of Arts and Humanities module. It is the equivalent of an elective. You take it instead of taking one of your Stage 2 electives. Please make sure that you have selected the correct number of programme options from the list above. This is not one of your required options. It is recommended in particular if you are considering applying for an internship option next year.
     
Stage 3 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Students who remain in UCD for the full year in stage 3 take between 20 and 60 credits, no subject limitations. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 must also complete 30 additional credits at stage 3 to make up 60.
     
DRAM30120 Beckett in Performance Autumn

5

DRAM30220 Performance in Everyday Life Autumn

5

DRAM30250 Theatre of Martin McDonagh Autumn

10

DRAM30260 Talking to the Audience Autumn

10

FS30170 Whiteness,Ethnicity&US Culture Autumn

10

FS30180 Alternative&Independent Cinema Autumn

10

FS30220 Wellness & Happiness Media Autumn

10

FS30250 Feminist Media Studies Autumn

10

MUS31170 African-American Religious Mus Autumn

10

MUS31180 Issues in Music, Sound and the Moving Image Autumn

10

DRAM30100 Contemporary Theatre & Performance Spring

5

DRAM30200 Queer Theatre & Performance Spring

10

ENG32130 Irish Gothic Spring

10

FS30190 Animation Spring

10

FS30200 21st Century Television Spring

10

FS30230 Cinema and the City: New York Spring

10

MUS31200 The Piano Concerto in European Musical Culture Spring

10

MUS31230 Introduction to Conducting Spring

10

MUS31340 Music Theatre Spring

10

Stage 3 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Students who remain in UCD for the full year in stage 3 take between 20 and 60 credits, no subject limitations. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 must also complete 30 additional credits at stage 3 to make up 60.
     
Stage 3 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Please note some performance modules are by AUDITION ONLY. Do not register to these modules until AFTER you have passed your audition.
     
MUS20320 UCD Philharmonic Choir 5 Autumn

5

MUS20340 UCD Symphony Orchestra 5 Autumn

5

MUS20360 UCD Choral Scholars 5 Autumn

5

MUS20550 UCD Gamelan Ensemble 3 Autumn

5

MUS20670 UCD Composition Ensemble 1 Autumn

5

MUS20330 UCD Philharmonic Choir 6 Spring

5

MUS20350 UCD Symphony Orchestra 6 Spring

5

MUS20370 UCD Choral Scholars 6 Spring

5

MUS20560 UCD Gamelan Ensemble 4 Spring

5

MUS20630 Ad Astra Chamber Orchestra Spring

5

MUS20680 UCD Composition Ensemble 2 Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Please note some performance modules are by AUDITION ONLY. Do not register to these modules until AFTER you have passed your audition.
     
Stage 3 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Students who have been offered a College sourced internship, or self-sourced their own internship with approval from the Programme Board should register to the internship module in the appropriate trimester.
     
HUM30020 Internship-Autumn (Humanities) Autumn

30

HUM30030 Internship- Spring (Humanities) Spring

30


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