Technical Theatre Diploma: Lighting, Sound and Stage Management Level 6+

Technical Theatre Diploma: Lighting, Sound and Stage Management Level 6+

About The Course

2 Years Full Time Technical Theatre, Stage and Lighting Course
QQI Levels 6+ equivalence
Course Fees: €500

The show must go on!

If you love the excitement and adrenaline of backstage, if you are curious about the technical elements that make a professional production come to life then this two year Higher National Diploma course is for you. The HND in Performing Arts (Technical Arts) will provide you with the skills and experience necessary to begin your career in the theatre and film industry.

This course focuses on hands on learning, giving our students the opportunity to explore the many different departments within a professional production, providing you with a strong foundation in the skills required while allowing you to train in specialist areas such as:

  • Lighting & Sound Design and Operation
  • Production and Stage Management
  • Set Design and Construction
  • Video production and Editing

Through work on Inchicore College’s numerous Theatre and Dance productions you will gain valuable practical experience, being involved at every stage of the process from the first design meeting to the final load out of the set after closing night. In addition, work experience and professional placements are also available to our students in second year.

Course assessment is by project work and continual assessment with a strong emphasis on teamwork and collaboration.

Course Director: Paul Doran

Modules Year 1

The goal of first year is to introduce you to the performing arts industry and provide the skills required to function as a member of a stage crew on a professional theatre production.

The Fundamentals:

  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • Professional Development
  • Production Communication
  • Stagecraft
  • Crewing

Specialist Skills:

  • Lighting Operation
  • Sound Operation
  • Special Effects

  • Set Construction
  • Video Editing

Modules Year 2

In your second year you are given the opportunity to take on creative and leadership roles within a production team through learning about the design process and being involved in the management of production departments.

Career progression and sustainability:

  • Professional Development
  • Working in the Performing Arts Industry
  • Creative Research Project

The Production Team:

  • Management Roles
  • Stage Management

The Design Process:

  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Set Design

Specialist Skills:

  • Advanced Film Production

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


BTEC Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Theatre Arts) (QQI LEVEL 6 + equivalent)

Additional Certification

  • Mobile Elevated Work Platform Licence
  • First Aid Response (FAR) Certificate
  • Manual Handling Certificate
  • Stage Pass
Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 4 subjects plus at least one O2/H6. Subjects must include English.
or QQI Level 5 Award in a related discipline with a Merit profile.

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants who have relevant experience and may not meet the above requirements are welcome to apply.

Applicant Information Meeting

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting

Progression and Career Prospects


Graduates of this course have an excellent track record in progressing into the industry. Our students have been very successful in gaining employment in theatre and performance industries both in freelance and in-house positions such as stage managers, lighting and sound technicians and designers.

Our program delivers both in house and off-site work experience to develop your skills while also providing the opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals. Our goal is to create the best possible environment for you to start your new career.

Graduates of Technical Theatre at Inchicore College have progressed to Trinity College, The Lír Academy and IADT and through their Higher National Diploma they can gain access to advanced entry to degree programmes in the UK in colleges such as University of East London, and Portsmouth University.

Related Careers

  • Technical Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Stage Manager
  • Set Construction
  • Lighting Technician
  • Sound Engineer
  • House Technician
  • Lighting Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Video Production
Graduate Profile

Lisa Krugel

Since graduating from ICFE Lisa Krugel has been working as freelance Stage Designer, Lighting Designer/ Technician. Some recent design work includes: The Hunt For Red Willie (Exit Excitedly),The Watchman (Dublin Theatre Company), La Traviata (Glasthule Opera Festival), Love In Dublin (Fire and Ice Theatre Co. / Focus Theatre), Reunion (The New Theatre).

Lisa also continues to work as Lighting Designer/ Technician on such productions as Amour (PlayActing Theatre Productions and as Stage Manager with companies such as Classic Stage Ireland, Rose Upon The Rood, Dancemasters, The New Theatre, The Abbey School of Music and Drama, Bluepatch, Idir Mná, and Marsha Hunt.

She greatly enjoys her work and is grateful for the opportunities, inspiration and encouragement she has gained from her tutors and colleagues at ICFE.


This course should appeal to those who are interested in backstage work, stage management, lighting, sound or construction.

Technical Theatre Diploma (HND BTEC)

2nd Year production of Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, with Lighting and Set Design by ICFE Stagecraft students
2nd Year production of Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, with Lighting and Set Design by ICFE Stagecraft students