Advanced Theatre Studies Performance Level 6

Theatre Studies Advanced Performance Level 6

About The Course

2 Years Full Time Theatre Studies Course
QQI Level 6

This two year full-time acting course is focused on further developing your con-fidence, initiative and performance skills along with your academic development.

In 1st year Level 6 you will present a full-length Shakespeare play as the main-stage production. You may also travel to Padua, Italy on a fully funded Erasmus+ Programme (View our European Work Experience page here) to study the music, mask and movement of Commedia Dell’Arte, followed by your performance in a Commedia production in Ireland devised with the director Matteo Destro, in Italy.

Further performance experiences follow at the end of year 1 with the Trinity College London Grade 8 examinations in both Acting and Musical Theatre.

Diploma students in year 2 perform two mainstage productions during the final year, an Expressionist show in the first term that showcases your acting and musical theatre skills. The final graduate production is staged in Smock Alley Theatre. Potential employers such as casting directors, casting agents and industry professionals are invited to attend.

Finally, you will complete your QQI Level 6 award and prepare for the Solo Acting and Musical Theatre Associate Diplomas for Trinity College London

Head of Theatre Studies: 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 Theatre 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

Academic Progression

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

BA’s, Higher Diploma and MA progres-sions are possible through 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. Some UK Universities offer advanced entry.


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 Boy’s 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.