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?

A broad introduction

In year one, all students study acting, theatre design, voice and movement, cultural studies, digital media, performance analysis and directing.

Choosing your specialisation

In year two you can chose either acting or theatre design, with cultural studies and directing common to both strands.

Industry perspective

In year three, you are introduced to the theatre and film industries by participating in a 4-6 week work placement of your choice, for example, at the Abbey Theatre, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company Sligo, CBC television (The Tudors) as well as in theatre companies across Europe and the United States.

Preparing for work outside

In year four, the focus is on professional practice. Leading practitioners from the industry discuss their work with you and offer specialist advice.

Further Study

You can continue to Higher Diploma in Education, Master of Arts, Master of Education, MPhil in Theatre and Performance, or embark on a PhD.

Career Opportunities

You can continue to Higher Diploma in Education, Master of Arts, Master of Education, MPhil in Theatre and Performance, or embark on a PhD.

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