DRAM40470 Thesis Research Project

Academic Year 2023/2024

The Thesis Project comprises two parts and answers the thesis question in practice and in written modes.
The subject of the dissertation is decided by the student in consultation with a supervisor. It is an opportunity to research a topic, or to complete a project, resulting in extended written analysis, and/or documentation, practical performance, and critical evaluation.
The Thesis Project comprises currently a performance of a student's original work for theatre produced by UCD and the Gaiety School in the GSA OR Smock Alley theatre complex.
In addition students write an extended essay the aim of which is to invite students to reflect and evaluate their production, and analyse critically processes of research which contributed to the creation of their performance.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

Demonstrate the capacity to study independently and to produce an extended piece of written work, practice /performance, or documentation
Demonstrate advanced skills of performance scripting; staging performance; and ability to cast and direct an original work for performance
Demonstrate proposals writing and editing of written component
Demonstrate research and organisation skills, and sustained facility in analysis, expression and argument
Demonstrate appropriate critique of materials in practice and written modes

Indicative Module Content:

January: Thesis Proposal are submitted in written form
February: Thesis Proposals Meetings : students present their proposals to staff and colleagues and receive individual feedback
March: Revised thesis proposals submission
April: Preparation production: rehearsals; casting; And further research of theoretical frameworks and theatre precedence
May: Continued rehearsals; meeting with thesis supervisors 1:1; feedback on written work and practical works in rehearsals
June: Full Production Week supported by professional production team and includes technical rehearsal, dress rehearsal, performance. Ongoing writing supervision on Extended Essay
August: Thesis Submission

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module comprises student's self-directed research.
Students are supported by staff and supervisors on a 1:1 basis in scheduled meetings and by staff attendance at select rehearsals and at the student production/performances and students receive on-going feedback post these encounters.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Essay: Essay: Extended critical and contextual analysis of student's original production for performance Unspecified n/a Graded No


Presentation: An original work of performance produced by UCD GSA.
Unspecified n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is ongoing and provided at all stages of the creative process (rehearsals and production) and of the proposal; drafting; analysis, and editing processes of the extended essay.

Name Role
Dr Emma Bennett Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Antoinette Duffy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Paul Halferty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Jeanne Tiehen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer