Performing Arts/Acting and 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)

This Performing Arts/Acting and Performance for Theatre, TV and Film course provides a dynamic and challenging programme, 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 practical skills and the understanding of acting techniques and stage craft.

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 acting
  • Film acting
  • Arts Events Co-ordination
  • Voiceover acting for Advertising and Animation
  • Production Crew for Stage and Film

Course content

  •  Acting Skills & Techniques
  •  Performance Craft
  •  Theatre Performance
  •  Characterisation
  •  TV & Film Acting
  •  Theatre Studies
  •  Speech & Drama
  •  Communications
  •  Work Experience

Course features and facilities

  •  Learners take part in theatrical performances throughout the year
  •  Attendance at local and national theatre productions
  •  Workshops and lectures facilitated by practitioners, directors and performers currently working in the industry
  • Dedicated spacious rehearsal studio
  •  End of year performances held in professional theatre

Entry requirements

  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent, LCA or relevant experience
  • Audition and Interview
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements

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

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