Acting for Stage and Screen
Note: Course shadowing as part of work experience is available for this course.
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the performing arts. Learners gain first-hand experience in a wide range of disciplines, developing core skills that can help them advance to a more specialised performing arts training. This immersive, hands-on performing arts course offers an opportunity to improve your performing, auditioning and technical production skills. Learn to work collaboratively with other creative individuals. Display your talents and discover your strengths. Clarify educational and career objectives. Students discover acting for stage and screen. The business aspects of the performing arts industry are explored when students form a mini production company with classmates to stage shows both on and off campus. Throughout the course, students experience field trips, live concerts, plays and other professional performances. The course is taught by experienced industry professionals.
QQI Level 5
Certificate in Performing Arts
This is a one year course.
Leaving Certificate or equivalent. All applicants are auditioned and places are awarded on suitability. Mature students without formal qualifications are most welcome to apply.
Students will be assessed in a minimum of 8 subjects from the following lists which may be offered:
- Acting Skills & Techniques
As part of the Acting Skill and Techniques module students will gain valuable acting experience performing onstage in public peformances. Throughout the year students will be introduced to a comprehensive range of acting skills and techniques.
- Theatre Performance Skills
The purpose of this component is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to develop effective skills for performance in theatre settings, including the required self-awareness and discipline.
- TV & Film Acting
The purpose of this component is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to enable a practical understanding and appreciation of the role of professional acting in television and film.
- Contemporary Dance
The purpose of this component is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to develop a strong and dynamic technique in Contemporary Dance with the emphasis on control, musicality and the gaining of an understanding of the various styles of Contemporary Dance.
- Event Production
The purpose of this component is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to organise and produce an event working independently and with others within a specific vocational context.
- Theatre Studies
The purpose of this component is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to understand and perform a range of roles at introductory professional level within theatre companies
- Word Processing
The purpose of this component is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and nonverbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related tasks, operating independently while under general direction.
- Work Experience
The purpose of this component is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to participate in the workplace for a limited time, carrying out work-related tasks independently while under general direction. This component will enable learners to prepare for a professional working life in the entertainment industry. Working with a producer and director, learners prepare and plan for a public performance in a professional venue. The experience enables learners to develop work skills.
The course provides a starting point for students to build a career in the performing arts industry.
390 CAO Points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.
Graduates continue in diploma or degree performing arts programmes, such as musical theatre, drama and theatre studies. Some decide to pursue technical production or design, writing, teaching, etc. Others pursue professional work following graduation.
- UCC: Drama and Theatre Studies: (CK112)
- CIT: Theatre and Drama Studies: (CR700)
- DIT: Drama (Performance): (DT529)
- TCD: Drama and Theatre Studies: (TR025)
- NUI Galway University: Arts (Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies): (GY118)
- UK Universities
Students who wish to use the links to further studies will need to attain a certain level of achievement in their QQI award.
The core teaching personnel have extensive professional experience in the industry. Graduates are encouraged to apply for further study at other institutions to develop their specific areas of interest. The course provides the knowledge and skills which performing arts colleges require for admission.