The Lifelong Learning Programme at American College Dublin offers unique courses of special interest to adult learners; taught by our team of qualified and experienced lecturers, courses will explore subjects, both traditional and niche, from academic realms including business, film, literature, writing, theatre, and history. Though course lengths will vary from one-day workshops and weekend symposiums to month-long classes, scheduling is designed to accommodate the busy lives of adult learners. Upon successful completion of a course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Unless indicated otherwise, all courses will be taught online.

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent).

Course List:

Business

Prospering in the Woke Age

Encouraging new, iconoclastic thinking, we examine to what extent the world is in crisis, and what can be practically done. How can we combine growth, social objectives, and the environment?

Dates:                             July 9th – August 13th

Days:                               Fridays

Times:                             3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Sessions:                       6

Session Length:        1-hour

Lecturer:                      David Horgan

Fee:                                  €95     Purchase Course

Introduction to Marketing through Storytelling

Carefully crafted storytelling is at the heart of a successful market campaign and has the potential to form a very successful brand. Through this course we will identify the passion that drives your business and consider what the potential causes your business stands for, giving your campaign purpose, higher exposure potential, and better engagement. 

Dates:                            July 5th – July 26th

Days:                             Mondays

Times:                           7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Sessions:                      4

Session Length:       2-hours

Lecturer:                     Eamonn B. Shanahan 

Fee:                                  €95     Purchase Course

Introduction to Creative Entrepreneurship

Over the course of this programme, you will discover skill sets that are unique to you, identifying your core values, beliefs, and business ideas. We will break down the core essence of your business model and identify its strengths and weaknesses through creative tools that aims for objectivity and big picture thinking.

Dates:                            July 6th – August 10th

Days:                             Tuesdays

Times:                           7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Sessions:                      6

Session Length:       2-hours

Lecturer:                      Eamonn B. Shanahan

Fee:                                  €140     Purchase Course


MUSic & Theatre

Method Acting

Open to ages 18 to 80, beginners to experts.
Learn fundamental exercises of Method Acting through a practical online interactive course. Including elements such as: basic relaxation, sense memory exercises and animal exercises.

Dates:                            July 6th – August 12th

Days:                              Tuesdays and Thursdays

Times:                           10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M (Tuesdays) and 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M (Thursdays)

Sessions:                     12

Session Length:       2-hours

Lecturer:                      Peter McCamley

Fee:                                  €300     Purchase Course

Acting Foundation Workshop

Open to ages 18 – 80, beginners to experts.
A practical group introduction to the basics of the craft of acting, or a refresher course! Plus, 1-on-1 sessions available for those interested in preparing/auditioning for further education or a career in the industry.

Dates:                           July 5th – August 13th

Days:                              Mondays

Times:                           2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Sessions:                       6

Session Length:        90-minutes

Lecturer:                      Peter McCamley

Fee:                                 €160     Purchase Course

Music Theory, History, and Aural Skills

This six-week course offers an introduction to general music studies, theory, reading music & ear training. The course is open to everyone–no experience necessary–and is a fun, interactive course offering an engaging introduction to everything related to music. Classes will be online and recorded for those who miss a class and/or for revision of the session.

Dates:                            July 7th – August 11th

Days:                              Wednesdays

Times:                            11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

Sessions:                      6

Session Length:       90-minutes

Lecturer:                      Duncan Brickenden

Fee:                                 €125     Purchase Course

Discovering Acting Through Song in Musical Theatre:

An Introduction to Musical Theatre Performance through a practical four-week course introducing acting through singing for musical theatre. This online programme is aimed at those with a keen interest in musical theatre performance regardless of experience and age. On completion of the course, performers will gain audition techniques for musical theatre, develop skills in performing musical theatre songs to a high standard, understand castability and receive insights into repertoire choice as well as explore acting choices, vocal technique and interpretation through songs from the candidates’ own repertoire.

Dates:                            July 8th – July 29th

Days:                              Thursdays

Times:                            11:00 to 13:00 

Sessions:                      4

Session Length:       120-minutes

Lecturers:                    Aileen Donohoe & Duncan Brickenden

Fee:                                 €199     Purchase Course


Film

Weimar Cinema

To study the internationally famous and influential German films of the Weimar period (1919-1933).

Dates:                             July 7th – August 11th

Days:                               Wednesdays

Times:                             10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Sessions:                       6

Session Length:        2-hours

Lecturer:                       Peter Sadowski

Fee:                                  €95    Purchase Course

The Films of Federico Fellini

Study the films of Federico Fellini (1920-1993), the most influential Italian film director, and one of the most famous directors in the history of arthouse cinema.

Dates:                             July 8th – August 12th

Days:                               Thursdays

Times:                             10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Sessions:                       6

Session Length:        2-hours

Lecturer:                       Peter Sadowski

Fee:                                  €95     Purchase Course


Writing

Conjuring the Essay: Intro to Academic Writing through Contemporary Horror Films

Develop and enhance academic writing techniques such as crafting thesis statements, establishing arguments, and revising for flow, clarity, and cohesiveness. Though academic writing will be at its core, the course will be taught through the lens of contemporary horror films. Analyzing themes, cultural contexts, possible effects upon the viewer’s worldview, and other film components, participants will acquire content for use in essay practice.

Films covered throughout the course include, but are not limited to: The Conjuring (2013), The Babadook (2014), It Follows (2014), Midsommar (2019), and Us (2019).

Dates:                           July 5th – July 29th

Days:                             Mondays and Thursdays

Times:                          11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Sessions:                     8

Session Length:      2-hours

Lecturer:                    Scotty Sarafian   

Fee:                               €95     Purchase Course


Literature

The Plays of William Shakespeare

The class will examine some of the reasons for the enduring appeal of Shakespeare’s classic plays.  Compelling dramatic plots, dense poetic language, powerful characterization, and insight into the human condition continue to inspire theatre and film directors and to move and delight audiences around the world.

Dates:                             July 9th – August 13th

Days:                               Fridays

Times:                             10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Sessions:                       6

Session Length:        2-hours

Lecturer:                       Peter Sadowski

Fee:                                  €95     Purchase Course

The Genius of Oscar Wilde

To study the social circle and literary works of Oscar Wilde, the most influential Anglo-Irish writer of the late Victorian era.  A bohemian, wit, and conversationalist, Wilde inspired a culturally vibrant social environment in Dublin, London, and Paris, whose legacy has lasted until the present day.

Dates:                             July 6th – August 13th

Days:                               Tuesdays

Times:                             10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Sessions:                       6

Session Length:        2-hours

Lecturer:                       Peter Sadowski

Fee:                                  €95     Purchase Course


Misc.

Deadly Makeup FX

Join multi award-winning makeup artist, Connie McGrath (a.k.a Deadly FX), as she guides you through the various tried and tested makeup FX techniques! Connie has worked on numerous TV, theatre and film productions, such as Dracula Untold, Lost City of Z and Season 1 of the television show Krypton. During her 4-day workshop you will learn how to create: scars, bruising, burns, and old-age makeup. For the list of materials required to take part (and where to purchase them online), email conniemcgrath1981@gmail.com.

Dates:                             July 6th, 8th, 9th, and 13th

Days:                               Tuesday (6th), Thursday (8th), Friday (9th), Tuesday (13th)

Times:                             10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

Sessions:                       4

Session Length:        90-minutes

Lecturer:                       Connie McGraith 

Fee:                                  €150 (Without Kit)    Purchase Course

Fee:                                  €350    Purchase Course