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Musical Theatre and Dance

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

Duration: One Year Full-Time - September to May

Coordinator: Lucy Dundon

This comprehensive 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.


Employment Opportunities

Employment as:

  • Dancer and Performer in Theatre & Film.

Some clips from our end of year shows over the last few years in SCFE

Some clips from our end of year shows over the last few years in SCFE


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
TU Dublin City Centre Commercial Modern Music* Level 8 TU961
TCD Music/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 /plus Level 8 DN520
UCD Humanities (Music, Film & Drama) 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 and Performative Practices* Level 8 CK112
UCC Arts with Music*G+ Level 8 CK104
UCC Film and Screen Media Level 8 CK105
Cork IT Popular Music: Voice*G + Level 8 CR125
Cork IT Music*G + Level 8 CR121
Cork IT Musical Theatre* G + Level 8 CR130
Cork IT Theatre and Drama Studies* G + Level 8 CR700
IT Sligo Performing Arts G Level 7 SG236
IT Sligo Performing Arts G Level 8 SG241
IT Sligo 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 and TV Production Level 7 GC466
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 G Garda Vetting Required + Questionnaire/Skills Test/Interview # Portfolio Assessment / Audition / Project Day

For a more detailed list of progression options please

Course modules are reviewed annually and may be subject to change