Advanced Theatre Studies Performance Level 6

Advanced Theatre Studies Performance Level 6

About The Course

2 Years Full Time Theatre Studies Course
QQI Level 6
Course Fees: €465

This two year full-time acting course is focused on further developing the confidence, initiative and performance skills of the student along with their academic development.

The 1st year Level 6 students present a full-length Shakespeare play as their mainstage production. Students also get an opportunity to travel to Padua, Italy on a fully funded Erasmus+ Programme to study the music, mask and movement of Commedia Dell’Arte. Following the trip they perform a Commedia production devised with their director Matteo Destro, in Italy and then Ireland on completion of the program. View our European Work Experience page here.

The end of the year is focused on the assessments for QQI level 6 components and further performance experience with the Trinity College London Grade 8 examinations in both Acting and Musical Theatre.

The 2nd year diploma students perform two mainstage productions during their final year. An Expressionist show in the first term that showcases not only their acting, but also their Musical Theatre skills.

The end of year graduate production is staged in Smock Alley Theatre. Potential employers such as casting directors, casting agents and industry professionals are invited to attend.

Students then complete their Level 6 award and preparation for the Solo Acting and Musical Theatre Associate Diplomas for Trinity College London at the end of the year.

Course Director: Sharon O’Doherty

On Stage – Recent Productions

  • Love and Information – by Carly Churchill. Dir: Liam Halligan. Musical Director Helene Montague, Choreography Diane Richardson – Smock Alley Boys’school.
  • Macbeth – Dir: Paul Meade
  • Lysistrata – by Aristophanes Dir Paul Brennan- Smock Alley Boys’ School
  • Willlkommen – Dir: Paul Meade, Musical Director Helen Montague, Choreography –Diane Richardson. Inchicore College
  • Peer Gynt – Dir: Liam Halligan (Smock Alley Boys School)
  • Measure for Measure – Dir: Paul Meade Inchicore College
  • April Bright – by Dermot Bolger Dir: Paul Brennan Smock Alley Boys’School
  • The Clerks Tale – Joshua Manly and the Battle of Mount St Bridge, Writer/Dir Sharon O’Doherty. Pembroke Town Hall
  • Acting – Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov
  • Voice – Fitzmaurice, Roy Hart, Cecily Berry,
  • Acting for Camera – Short films in a variety of genres and Scriptwriting for film and television
  • Musical Theatre Performance Skills – Singing and Dance
  • Movement and Mime
  • Improvisation
  • Text Analysis
  • Mask – including Commedia dell’Arte
  • Stage Combat
  • Music – Basic score reading, general musicianship, scene underscoring
  • Design Skills – Combined Materials
  • Directing

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


Certification Year 1:
QQI Drama 6M3566 components

Trinity College London: Grade 8 Acting and Grade 8 Musical Theatre

Certification Year 2:
QQI Drama 6M3566 components completed

Associate Diploma Trinity College London, (ATCL) in Solo Performance
Associate Diploma Trinity College London, (ATCL) in Musical Theatre

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Level 6 can  include QQI Level 5 in Theater  Performance or other performance  related qualifications.

Entry is also possible where a candidate, such as a mature student, has relevant practical/ professional experience.

Interview and Audition

All candidate who have not progressed from our QQI Level 5 course will be asked to perform two monologues from  published plays and a song at an  audition/interview.

Candidates may also be asked to participate in a workshop.

Academic Progression and Employment Prospects

Academic Progression

As well as having a strong skills base, students from this course are recognised for having a strong academic background. Some graduates have continued their interest in academia and have progressed to third level colleges graduating as teachers and University lecturers.

Progression includes 1 year top – up BA’s through colleges such as Cólaíste Dhúlaigh and the MGA Academy of Performing Arts, Edinburgh.

BA’s, Higher Diploma and MA progressions have been made 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 and Glasgow University.

Universities in the UK, Wales and Scotland have offered our students the opportunity to go directly into 2nd year of a BA course based on their results from The 2 year L6 course at Inchicore College.

Employment Prospects

Our graduates have developed professional careers in many areas of the profession. Our actors have 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.


Recent Theatre Productions

A dynamic and  empowering approach to acting and musical theatre training for all students interested in a career in professional theatre, film and  television.