Musical Theatre and Dance

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Performing Arts 5M5151
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing: Vocational Graded Examination (optional)

This comprehensive Muscial Theatre and Dance program offers an essential blend of Dance, Music, Vocal Performance and Acting modules for the student who aspires to a career in Dance and Musical Theatre Performance. This course is designed to develop each performer’s unique potential and broaden their understanding of the world of Musical Theatre. The focus is on building a comprehensive knowledge of technique and performance skills, enabling the learner to develop their competence and abilities as a professional performer.  Alternatively, students may choose to further develop their teaching skills by progressing to ISTD Teacher Training.

Employment Opportunities

Employment as:

  • Dancer and Performer in Theatre & Film.

Course content

Theatre Performance Skills


Contemporary Dance

Jazz Dance

Music Performance

Work Experience



Course features and facilities

  • Learners will showcase their skills throughout the year culminating in the end of year Musical Production
  • Attendance at performances of Dance and Theatre
  • Workshops from Industry Specialists in Theatre and Dance
  • Work experience in a variety of settings
  • Our large dance studio has a sprung floor, mirrors and bars.
  • Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library.

Entry requirements

  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent, LCA or relevant experience
  • Learners should have a high degree of motivation and a passionate interest in Performing. Some previous experience is beneficial but not essential.
  • Audition and Interview
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements.

SCFE really prepared me, both mentally and physically for the realities of a career in dance. I have since performed and choreographed with Dance Theatre of Ireland across Europe and in China.
Aisling Ríannon

A combination of a strong core group of teachers and ample opportunity to links within the wider professional dance industry set the tone from which the rest of my career prospered.
Karla Holden Professional Dancer, Choreographer and Lecturer in DCU.


Education progression

Below are some examples of progression options with this QQI Level 5 award in Performing Arts 5M5151
TU Dublin City Centre Drama (Performance)* Level 8 TU962
TU Dublin City Centre Music* Level 8 TU963

For a more detailed list of progression options please

For more progression options

TU Dublin City Centre Commercial Modern Music* Level 8 TU961
TCD Music and Drama Studies*+ Level 8 TR635
TCD Music Level 8 TR002
TCD Film /Music*+ Level 8 TR320
TCD Drama and Theatre Studies +* Level 8 TR025
TCD Film/Drama Studies+* Level 8 TR311
TCD Film Level 8 TR042
UCD Arts (Joint) Drama Studies Level 8 DN520
UCD Arts (Joint) Music Level 8 DN520
UCD Humanities (Music, Film & Drama) Level 8 DN530
UCD Humanities (Creative & Cultural Industries) Level 8 DN530
IADT Television* Level 8 DL844
IADT Film* Level 8 DL843
IADT Design for Film*# Level 8 DL845
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
Dundalk IT Musical Theatre * Level 7 DK771
UL Arts with Music and Dance Level 8 LM002
UL Performing Arts*G Level 8 LM026
Mary Immaculate College Contemporary & Applied Theatre Studies G Level 8 MI001
UCC Theatre & Performative Practices*+ Level 8 CK112
UCC Arts – Music*G+ Level 8 CK104
UCC Film and Screen Media Level 8 CK105
Munster TU Popular Music: Voice*G+ Level 8 MT937
Munster TU Music*G+ Level 8 MT936
Munster TU Musical Theatre*G+ Level 8 MT938
Munster TU Theatre and Drama Studies*G+ Level 8 MT939
Atlantic TU Performing Arts (Acting) G Level 7 SG236
Atlantic TU Performing Arts G Level 8 SG241
Atlantic TU Performing Arts (Theatre Design) G Level 7 SG235
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 (TCD) >Stage Management &Technical Theatre Level 8
*Portfolio Assessment or Audition G Garda Vetting Required + Questionnaire/Skills Test/Interview # Portfolio Assessment / Audition / Project Day

Course modules are reviewed annually and may be subject to change