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

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Performing Arts 5M5151

Diploma of Associate with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama (Acting Performance)

Duration: One Year Full-Time - September to May

Coordinator: Caroline O’Connor

This Performing Arts/Acting and Performance for Theatre, TV and 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.

A Diploma of Associate (Acting Performance) accredited by the Irish Board of Speech and Drama will be awarded to all students who successfully pass the QQI acting modules on the course. Upon completion the learner may progress to study for the Diploma in Licentiate (Teaching Diploma)


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

2019 Graduate Show in LexIcon Theatre


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

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 Drama and Theatre Studies +* Level 8 TR025
TCD Film/Drama Studies+* Level 8 TR311
TCD Music/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 /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
UL Performing Arts* G Level 8 LM026
UL Arts with Music and Dance Level 8 LM002
Mary Immaculate College Contemporary & Applied Theatre Studies G Level 8 MI001
UCC Theatre and Performative Practices* Level 8 CK112
UCC Film and Screen Media Level 8 CK105
UCC Arts with Music*G+ Level 8 CK104
Cork IT Theatre and Drama Studies*G+ Level 8 CR700
Cork IT Musical Theatre* G + Level 8 CR130
IT Sligo Performing Arts G Level 7 SG236
IT Sligo Performing Arts G Level 8 SG241
Dundalk IT Film and Television Production Level 8 DK864
Dundalk IT Music* G Level 8 DK860
  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