Theatre Studies: Performance – Level 5 and 6
These full time courses are designed to provide professional training to students interested in a career in theatre, film and television. Students who have reached the required standard on the level 5 course, or who have equivalent certification, may apply for the two year Advanced Performance Course where they can achieve a full Level 6 QQI and Trinity College London ATCL’s in both Speech and Drama and Musical Theatre.
The Theatre Performance course has been providing excellence in drama training for over 30 years. The two fulltime courses are designed to provide a cutting edge, innovative and dynamic approach to training for students interested in a career in professional theatre, film and television.
Our dedicated team of experienced tutors are all active practitioners.
Selected second year students travel to Padua, Italy on a fully funded Erasmus+.
View our European Work Experience page here.
Programme to study the music, mask and movement of Commedia Dell’Arte.
All student groups are required to perform regularly throughout the course in studio presentations as well as one mainstage production in each year.
The 1st year Level 5 students work collaboratively with a director and writer on a devised piece.
The 1st year Level 6 students present a full-length Shakespeare production.
The 2nd year Level 6 graduate production, to which casting directors, casting agents and industry professionals are invited, is staged in a city centre venue.
Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.
Certification Year 1:
QQI Theatre Performance 5M5163
Certification Year 2:
QQI Drama 6M3566 components
Trinity College London:
Grade 8: Drama
Grade 8: Musical Theatre
Certification Year 3:
QQI Drama 6M3566
Associate Diploma ATCL in Solo Performance
Associate Diploma ATCL in Musical Theatre
Minimum Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects including an O6/H7 in English
Leaving Certificate Applied
QQI Level 4 or equivalent
QQI Level 5 Award: Merit in Theatre Performance.
Interview and Audition
Admittance to both courses is by means of interview and audition. The audition requires two learned monologues from published plays.
Progression to third level colleges include Higher Diploma and MA qualifications through our links with University College Dublin; NUI Galway, Maynooth University; Central School of Speech and Drama, London; Kingston College, London; Trinity College, London; Swansea University; Glasgow University.
Our graduates have developed professional careers as actors, appearing in productions at The Abbey Theatre, The New Theatre, The Project Arts Centre, Smock Alley Boys School as well as venues all over Ireland and abroad. TV and film appearances include The Good Wife, Fair City, Ripper Street, Penny Dreadful, The Clinic, Moon Boy, Roy, The Sacred Scriptures, Third Rock, Peaky Blinders, Vikings, Game of Thrones, Bridget and Eamon. High profile ad campaigns include The National Lottery, Cadbury’s, and Alliance Insurance.
Inchicore College graduates have careers as award winning writers for theatre and film, stand-up comedians and directors. Many have started their own companies, stage schools, and agencies.
“The atmosphere in the college was relaxed and friendly, and the faculty and extended members of staff were open and supportive throughout my time at ICFE. The subjects on the course gave me a solid grounding in the history of drama which was complemented by the practical (hands-on) learning across acting for theatre and film, script writing and devising for theatre as well as directing techniques.
I completed my diploma with distinctions at ICFE and in August of that same year I began a Master’s Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I have since established a theatre company with NUIG colleagues.”
Michele Ann Kelly