Advanced Performing Arts

QQI Level 6 Certificate in Drama 6M3566

The Irish Board of Speech and Drama Diploma of Licentiate (Optional)

The overall aim of the Advanced Performing Arts programme is to provide the learner with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence in the theory and practices underpinning the dramatic process and to engage with that process as a practitioner in a variety of drama related contexts. By progressing to the Level 6 Award in Performing Arts, students will gain the opportunity to hone and develop their confidence, creativity, self-discipline and team working skills within the theatre context and to gain a deep understanding of group dynamics. These skills are transferable to work successfully within theatre as performers or drama facilitators and also with other Arts Community and Business sectors.

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

  • Theatre
  • Film
  • TV
  • Arts Events Co-ordinator
  • Production
  • Director’s Assistant

Advanced Entry
Graduates of this QQI Level 6 course may also be considered for advanced entry to related degree programmes. Students may be eligible to progress to the second year of a course where they fulfil the college’s entry requirements.

Course content

  •  Engaging with Drama
  •  Creating Drama
  •  Communications for Theatre
  •  Work experience in Theatre
  •  Improvisation
  •  Characterisation
  •  Theatre Studies
  •  Solo Acting Performance
  •  Speech and Drama teaching

Course features and facilities

  • Learners take part in solo and group performances throughout the year
  •  Learners develop skills in drama process and drama workshop facilitation
  •  Development of theatre production and theatre workshop skills
  •  Visits to theatre productions and workshops facilitated by practitioners and performers working in the industry
  •  Performing Arts space
  •  Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library
  •  Wifi and Moodle

Entry requirements

  • Level 5 QQI award in Performing Arts or relevant experience
  • Audition and Interview
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements.

Education progression

Below are some examples of progression options with this QQI level 6 award in Drama 6M3566
TU Dublin City Centre Drama (Performance)* Level 8 TU962

For a more detailed list of progression options please

For more progression options

TU Dublin City Centre Music* Level 8 TU963
TU Dublin City Centre Commercial Modern Music* Level 8 TU961
TCD Drama and Theatre Studies+* Level 8 TR025
TCD Film/Drama Studies+* Level 8 TR311
TCD Music and Drama Studies*+ Level 8 TR635
TCD Music Level 8 TR002
TCD Film /Music*+ Level 8 TR320
TCD Film Level 8 TR042
UCD Arts (Joint) Drama Studies Level 8 DN520
UCD Arts (Joint) Film Studies Level 8 DN520
UCD Humanities (Music, Film & Drama) Level 8 DN530
UCD Humanities – Creative & Cultural Indust. Level 8 DN530
Mary Immaculate College Contemporary &App. Theatre Studies G Level 8 MI001
UCC Theatre & Performative Practices*+ Level 8 CK112
UCC Film and Screen Media Level 8 CK105
UCC Arts – Music*G + Level 8 CK104
UL Performing Arts*G Level 8 LM026
UL Arts with Music and Dance Level 8 LM002
IADT Design for Film*# + Level 8 DL845
IADT Television* Level 8 DL844
IADT Film* Level 8 DL843
IADT Arts Management Level 8 DL822
IADT Creative Music Production* Level 8 DL838
Dundalk IT Music*G Level 8 DK860
Dundalk IT Film and Television Production Level 8 DK864
Dundalk IT Theatre and Film Practice Level 7 DK770
Atlantic TU Performing Arts (Acting) G Level 7 SG236
Atlantic TU Performing Arts G Level 8 SG241
Munster TU Theatre and Drama Studies*G+ Level 8 MT939
Munster TU Musical Theatre *G+ Level 8 MT938
Private Colleges (Fees Payable)
DBS Film and Creative Media Level 7 DB576
DBS Film and Creative Media Level 8 DB567
Griffith College Film, TV and Screen Media Production Level 7 GC466
Griffith College Film, TV and Screen Media Production Level 8 GC456
Direct Entry to Higher Education (Non CAO course)
Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art (TCD) Acting* Level 8
Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art Stage Management & Technical Theatre Level 8
*Portfolio Assessment or Audition +Questionnaire and Interview G Garda Vetting Required # Portfolio Assessment / Audition / Project Day

Course modules are reviewed annually and may be subject to change