Theatre Studies: Performance - Level 5 and 6

Theatre Studies: Performance – Level 5 and 6

QQI Level 5 – 1 Year Full Time Course
QQI Level 6 – 2 Years Full Time Course

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.

About The Course

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.

Recent Productions

Measure for Measure

  • Willlkommen
    Dir: Paul Meade and Helen Montague
  • Peer Gynt
    Dir: Liam Halligan-Smock Alley Boys School
  • The Town of No Return by Lee Coffey
    Dir: Helene Montague
  • Measure for Measure. Dir: Paul Meade
  • Archangel Izzy by Ronan Colfer
    Dir: Helene Montague and Paul Meade
  • The Clerks Tale-Joshua Manly and the Battle of Mount St Bridge
    Writer/Dir Sharon O’Doherty. Head Office of the CDETB Ballsbridge
  • Crimson Sails by Lee Coffey
    Dir: Helene Montague
  • Romeo and Juliet. Dir: Paul Meade
  • The Dining Room
    Dir: Bairbre Ní Chaoimh
    Smock Alley Boys School
  • Acting – Stanislavski, Michael Chekov.
  • Voice – Fitzmaurice, Roy Hart, Linklater, Cecily Berry, Patsy Rodenburg.
  • Classic and Contemporary Theatre
  • Singing – Musical Theatre, audition preparation, improvisation
  • Dance – Classical and Musical Theatre
  • Movement
  • Mime – Etienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau
  • Improvisation, including Theatre Sports
  • Text Analysis
  • Mask – Commedia dell’Arte
  • Stage Combat
  • Theatre History
  • Music – Basic score reading, general musicianship, scene underscoring .
  • Acting for Camera – Scriptwriting for film and television
  • Stage Management and Administration
  • Design Skills-Combined Materials
  • Directing
  • Communications

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

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Level 5

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects including an O6/H7 in English
Leaving Certificate Applied
QQI Level 4 or equivalent

Level 6
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.

Academic Progression and Employment Prospects

Academic Progression

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.

Employment Prospects

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.

Graduate Profile

Michele Ann Kelly

“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