The BA Performing Arts (Voice) is a four-year, full-time undergraduate programme designed to develop your vocal performance skills, repertoire and knowledge of your practice, as well as to include other forms of musical and artistic expression. You will also be able to develop your scholarly knowledge and enquiry around your own disciplines and genre. Importantly, you will be introduced to other performance practices and scholarly traditions in order to gain new insights into the worlds of music and dance, enhancing your creative potential. You will also study a number of vocationally focused modules aimed at allowing you to translate your artistic and scholarly creativity into a fulfilling career.
The first year of the course is the common entry programme shared with all the pathways (Irish Music, Irish Dance, Contemporary Dance, Voice and World Music). However you focus from the start of this first year is on your own performance practice. Here you will focus and develop your own vocal performance practice in a number of genres and be introduced to critical academic engagement with classical, popular, traditional and world music and dance through a performative lens.
From second year onwards, you will focus on studies of the Voice. Students will undertake additional specialist modules in vocal pedagogy and voice studies.
Vocalists engaged in this course at the Irish World Academy can have experience of any of a number of vocal traditions and will be facilitated to develop further in the context of their work at the Academy. Students can be from classical, church, popular and/or stage school contexts (among others) and will find that the core technical aspects of the programme will support their development in these contexts. In your time here you will engage core repertoires in early, choral, classical and popular music styles, enough to broaden and deepen your approach and knowledge. The Academy has an unparalleled team of faculty and tutors who will guide and facilitate the growth of students as vocal performers and academics.
As a student, you will be based at the world-class facilities of the Irish World Academy building, equipped to the highest standards with cutting edge performance and rehearsal spaces and technological infrastructure. Tuition is provided by a faculty of excellent performers and academics, as well as industry professionals and international guest artists and researchers.
The programme prepares you for many different career paths including professional performance; further study; work in cultural institutions; media related posts; archival work; performance production; portfolio careers combining the preceding and others in entrepreneurial ways.