This is a fully-integrated program, and students participate with local students. The fall semester begins with a three-week intensive IES Abroad theatre course (TH352 Soundings from the Fringes - 3 credits) that combines performance workshops with the critical study of plays, and integrates your classroom work with Dublin’s annual Fringe Festival in September. Courses at the NTSI (GSA) then begin when the IES Abroad course ends in early October. The NTSI (GSA) courses conclude in mid-December.
This is a partially-integrated program as some modules are shared with local students and others are not integrated and are tailored to IES Abroad students. The spring semester begins in early January with courses at the NTSI (GSA), and an IES Abroad theatre course (TH362 Northern Exposure - 3 credits) that focuses on the theatre of Northern Ireland, running consecutively. NTSI (GSA) coursework ends in late March. The IES Abroad course then continues on until mid-April, culminating in a performance project.
The academic experience at the NTSI (GSA) is unique because you follow a set curriculum, which all first-year students at the school complete. However, as the standard program at the NTSI (GSA) is comprised of only two years, the courses in the first-year track are equivalent to intermediate courses. A variety of topics are explored in each discipline.
The following courses are offered each term at NTSI (GSA) with variations in credit by term:
Voice for the Stage (Fall - 4 credits; Spring - 2 credits) - (voice, singing)
Concentrate on boosting awareness of habits that are hampering the free and full expression of your voice.
Acting (Fall & Spring - 4 credits) - (acting, improvisation, manifesto)
Performance techniques are developed both as an individual and as part of an ensemble through the exploration of characterization and text, utilizing the emotions, imagination, and physical skills of the student.
Movement for the Stage (Fall - 4 credits; Spring - 2 credits) - (movement, stage combat, tai chi, dance, mime, tap)
This course introduces core training in physical movement skills, enabling you to gain flexibility, strength, and coordination.
Theatre History, Text Analysis, Stagecraft, and Theatre Visits (Fall - 4 credits; Spring - 5 credits)
Please see the brief module descriptions for the spring term for more details. - NTSI (GSA) - Spring Term Module Descriptions