Inchicore College of Further Education

Technical Theatre (Higher National Diploma)

The aim of this two year course in technical theatre is to provide the student with the skills and experience necessary for employment in professional theatre. The course should appeal to those who are interested in backstage work, stage management, lighting, sound or construction.


We offer two major awards in the Technical Theatre department. The FETAC Level 5 award in Theatre Production and the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Production). Students have the opportunity over the two years of the course to specialise in any of three major areas:

  • Stage Management
  • Sound and Lighting
  • Set Design and Construction

Students are encouraged to gain skills in all aspects of stagecraft and technical theatre. Practical experience is to be gained by students supporting the College's Performance and Dance productions. Work experience and professional placements are arranged, as appropriate, for second year students.

Course assessment is by project work, continual assessment and examinations. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of the course and the student's ability to work as part of a team.

Course Content

  • Lighting Design and Operation
  • Automated Lighting Systems
  • Sound Design and Operation
  • Set Design
  • Theatre studies
  • Stage Management and Administration
  • Workshop Construction Skills
  • Music Notation
  • TV and Video Production
  • Digital Movie Processing
  • Computer Aided Drafting (2D)
  • Web Authoring
  • Small Scale Touring in the Performing Arts
  • Professional Practice
  • Creative Arts Research
  • Historical Context in the Performing Arts
  • Managing a Creative Business
  • Work Experience

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons

Additional Certification

  • Occupational First Aid FETAC
  • Manual Handling AIST
  • Stage Pass AIST

Graduate Profile 

David Tiernan

David Tiernan - Graduated 2005

David works in Production Management, Site/Venue Management/ electrics and as a Re-Light /Chief Electrician. He has worked for most Irish theatre companies/theatres and has toured internationally as Production Manager with Brokentalkers Theatre Company to New York, France, Dublin, Finland and New Zealand.

He has also worked for International Arts Festivals including Ten Days on The Island (Tasmania), Galway Arts Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny Cat Laughs, and Dublin International Dance Festival.

Re-Light credits include Irish tours with Ouroborus Theatre Company, Barabbas, Upstate, Yew Tree, Red Kettle, Everyman Palace, Ten.42 and City Theatre. After working in Australia as a lighting technician for a year, David currently lives in New Zealand and has worked as Assistant Site Manager for a large site for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Level 6
2 Year Course
BTEC Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Production Studies).
FETAC: Theatre Production EPATD.
Entry Requirements
Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and have reached Leaving Certificate standard. Applicants must show a keen interest in the Vocational area. Entry to the course is by interview.
Course Director
Colm O'Driscoll

HND in Tecnical Theatre