In a nutshell

We have developed this course in consultation with arts practitioners in Ireland and abroad. It has the support of nationally- and internationally-acclaimed theatre and film practitioners as well as major locally-based arts organisations including the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, The Model Arts Centre and The Hawk’s Well Theatre.

You will be exposed to a variety of genres, styles and play texts from the classics, exploring a range of approaches to acting. You will develop a range of skills; vocal, physical, intellectual and emotional, in order to create characterisation. You will work effectively and creatively in acting in collaboration with others. You will take part in a solo showcase and graduation show.

You will develop skills in performance design disciplines, including visual research and awareness; text and character analysis; spatial exploration; costume design and model making; technical drawing and imaging for stage and film. The emphasis is on developing imagination, creativity and visual awareness along with interpretive and collaborative skills. Specific disciplines include film, TV, dance, opera, performance art and music video. You will collaborate with professional directors, prepare a portfolio of work and exhibit in the graduation exhibition.

Cultural Studies introduces you to a variety of visual, literacy and critical faculties from a range of cultural and historical backgrounds. The exploration of text to modes of performance is examined, including play texts, film, productions and performance art as well as visual and material culture.

You will develop generic and transferable skills such as research, critical thinking, analysis, written and verbal communication. Graduates can work both as creative individuals and as part of a team.

What's involved?

foundation year

This foundation year introduces the students to the collaborative disciplines essential to making theatre and performance, including acting, theatre design, directing and performance/cultural studies.

building your skillset

Learners engage in set, costume and lighting design as a foundation for all industry design practices for stage, screen and TV. Learners respond to texts, materials, and characterisation to realise design in 3D form.
Cultural/Performance Studies introduce students to a variety of visual, literacy and critical faculties from a range of cultural and historical backgrounds. Plays, film, productions and live performance are considered from practical and academic contexts.

preparing for work

Students focus on a complete design realisation in 3D scale with costume designs and technical drawings (CAD), in collaboration with a professional director.
Cultural/Performance Studies: Students critically engage in theoretical and practical learning across a range of areas including postmodernism, gender theory, post-dramatic performance and post-colonialism.

Further Study

Upon graduating, you can continue to complete a Level 8 in Performing Arts at IT Sligo. Later you may choose to undertake a Higher Diploma in Education, Master of Arts, Master of Education, MPhil in Theatre and Performance, or embark on a PhD.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate, you will find work in design and directing in theatre, film, TV, radio, teaching and facilitating production skills - sound, lighting and model making, as well as careers in broader cultural contexts (graduates making theatre and performance)

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