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BA in Contemporary & Applied Theatre Studies (MI001)

CAO points 2018 - 301


Mary Immaculate College is now accepting late Applications for MI001. The closing date is 1st May 2018 and mature BA applicants must complete the Personal Statement in addition to applying through the CAO and return to the college by 1st May. Mature applicants who have already applied through the CAO by 1st February and who wish to change their course choices to be considered for MI001, must do so through the online change of mind facility by 5pm on Saturday 12th May 2018, In addition such applicants should submit a personal statement by 12th May.


Programme description:

This new undergraduate programme (level 8) deals with an area of drama and theatre education not currently catered for at third level in Ireland. Applied theatre is considered to be the study of drama and theatre across a range of practical applications and non-traditional settings, including but not defined by stage performance or the study of literary texts. Contemporary theatre signals that the programme will deal largely with current and emergent modes of theatrical production and reception.

This programme will seek to articulate the contemporary, varied and ever-changing roles of theatre and its practitioners in society. At its heart will be the concept of ensemble, which loosely defined, values and emphasises the importance of the practice of the collective. The idea of a working in a pro-social manner in theatre will also be core to this programme. This highlights engagement with specific sites and audiences, and with the idea that theatre has a core societal function and exists not only as entertainment.  his programme will be offered in close association with the Lime Tree Theatre (www.limetreetheatre.ie ), which is located  on the College campus, and which has hosted over 100,000 patrons since opening as a professional venue in October 2012. Through our relationship with the Lime Tree, students on the programme will be exposed to the best local, national and international practice through visiting companies, festivals, etc., and from the input of a range of visiting lecturers and practitioners. 

Click here to see the structure and modules of the programme (* Subject to regular review & change - E&OE)

Application Requirements

  • Mature applicants wishing to apply to Mary Immaculate College for MI001 must apply for entry through the CAO www.cao.ie
  • 1st February is the normal deadline for applications and late applications may be accepted up to May 1st.
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    Applicants applying to Mary Immaculate College on the grounds of Mature Years, for entry in September 2018, are not required to complete a separate Mature Supplementary Form for the above Programme, however applicants must submit a Personal Statement to the Admissions Office. Applicants should complete their application through the CAO by 1st February, and complete the Mature Applicant sections (1-11) which are part of the CAO application procedure. Personal Statement Guidelines 

CAO Dates Mature Applicants
6 Nov (12:00) CAO online application facility opens
20 Jan (17:15) Apply online by this date to avail of the discounted application fee of €30
1 Feb (17:15) Normal closing date for applications
1 May Closing date for late applications
5 May Online change of mind facility becomes available (free of charge)
12 May Online change of mind-closing date for MIC mature application assessment



All mature applicants will be invited to attend for interview and short written test.   Mature students who do not meet the normal minimun entry requirements may be considered for admissions, if, having attended for interview and written test they satisfy the College Authorities as to their ability to benefit from and sustain the programme.


Offer of Place

Mature students who have completed an interview and written test will be contacted by the College to indicate whether or not they are being offered a place and all places will then be offered by the CAO



Mature students who have not registered on a college programme within the past 5 years may be eligible for free fees.

Graduates who wish to register on an undergraduate programme as mature students are not eligible for free fees.

Mature students must pay the Student Services Fee and First Year Charges detailed in the

Student Charges section of this website. 

Additional information on fees is available from the Department of Education and Skills:

Student Support Unit:  Tel 0506-21363


A new online only grant application system is in place.  Applications are to be made online through the single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) at www.studentfinance.ie


Graduate Profile:

Examples of the types of work that contemporary and applied theatre practitioners engage with include contexts such as: Community theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Youth Theatre, Theatre in Education, Drama education, Street theatre, Storytelling, Theatre for development, Theatre and technology, Museum theatre, Theatre in health education, Dramatherapy, Technical theatre, Documentary/Verbatim theatre, Site-specific theatre and Dramaturgy.

We wish to educate university graduates with a diverse, sophisticated and vocational experience of contemporary forms of drama and theatre practice. They will be graduates who have had a chance to specialise and develop their own artistic skills, but also have a broad working knowledge of the breadth and depth of the field. Our graduates will be employable in general artistic or administrative positions within the field, will be well equipped for further specialist vocational training or academic study, but may also work independently as drama practitioners.

What makes it different?

Distinctive features of the new programme include:

  • a unique qualification not offered elsewhere on the island;
  • a combination of theory and practice that leads towards a well-rounded understanding of contemporary and applied theatre;
  • the opportunity for a wide range of practical work including large- and small-scale projects;
  • the opportunity to engage with touring and community-based projects (in conjunction with the Lime Tree Theatre);
  • access to the extensive facilities of a professional theatre (two performance venues; technical facilities; production teams, etc.);
  • a engagement with cultural policy, performance, practical drama workshop and facilitation skills;
  • professional placements, giving students a unique range of contacts in an extensive range of arts organisations in Limerick, across the country and abroad;
  • industry links through engagement with professional practitioners.

Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

MIC will offer for competition, on the basis of results in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination, one First Year Undergraduate Entrant Scholarships, to entrants on the BA CATS programme, valued at €2,000 each Further information available here.


Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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