Performing Arts / Acting & Performance for Theatre, TV & Film

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Performing Arts 5M5151

Duration: One Year Full-Time – September to May
Coordinator: carolineoconnor@scfe.ie

This Performing Arts/Acting and Performance for Theatre, TV & Film course provides a rigorous and challenging programme of study, introducing learners to the various disciplines involved in working on stage, in film and on television. Although the primary focus is on acting, the course provides an opportunity for learners to participate actively in all elements of creating and producing drama. There is an emphasis on the essential knowledge, skills and understanding of the craft of the performer.

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“I chose this course as its main focus was on practical work, which suits how I learn best. The small classes also provided a safe environment in which to build confidence and technique.”
Jessica Walker


“This course has given me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally as a performer preparing me for the acting and performance industry.”
Colm Doran

Learners who successfully complete a QQI Level 5 Certificate may be able to use their results to progress to related Level 7 and Level 8 Degree Programmes in Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology, including the University of Limerick and the University of Ulster. Third level progression opportunities for QQI learners are continually being developed and enhanced. Please visit www.qqi.ie or www.cao.ie for the most up to date information.

Former Learners have progressed to DIT, Dundalk IT, UCC and Waterford IT to study degree programmes in Drama Performance, Performing Arts, Drama and Theatre Studies and Music.

Students rehearse scenes from Doomsday 2016


  • Acting Skills & Techniques
  • Performance Craft
  • Theatre Performance
  • Characterisation
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatrical Criticism
  • Communications
  • TV & Film Studies
  • Work Experience
  • Theatre Production
  • Theatre Studies
  • Stage Management & Administration

Theatre & Dance Department

Course Features

• Learners take part in theatrical performances throughout the year
• Attendance at external Theatre Productions and Workshops
• Regular workshops facilitated by practitioners, directors and performers currently working in the industry
• Performing Arts studio
• Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library

Employment Opportunities

Working with industry professionals provides a real opportunity for learners to access direct employment in

  • Theatre
  • Film
  • TV
  • Arts events co-ordination
  • Production
  • Director’s assistant


Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or equivalent, or LCA, or relevant experience

Audition and Interview

Mature applicants welcome

Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements