Screen Acting

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What is Screen Acting? 

Screen Acting is the study and practice of theatrical performance specifically for film and television. Students interested in careers in Screen Acting will participate in workshops on craft, method, and characterization amongst other things. 

What 3rd Level Courses are Available? 

  • Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas: 
    • Music, Film & Drama – the study of the cultural and historical impacts and implications of music, film, and drama. 
    • Drama Studies – the study of the history, production, and performance of theatre.
    • Film Studies – the study of the history, production, and impact of film and television.

Studying Screen Acting in College

Most first year study involves an overview of the subject. This will offer students an introduction to the foundational principles of screen acting including performance, production, and characterization. 

Depending on the focus of their screen acting studies, students will likely move from exam-based modules to more hands-on production and performance modules. Most performing arts courses will combine exams, written assessments, dissertations, and production projects as benchmark assessments for students. 

Most undergraduate Screen Acting courses in Ireland run for three or four years. In some cases universities will facilitate work or internship experience as a facet of their program. 

It is common that all performing arts-based courses will require students to complete long-term research or performance projects including a final Capstone project. This will ensure the completion of a rigorous curriculum and prepare students for postgraduate studies or for their careers in Screen Acting. 

A bachelor’s degree in Screen Acting studies is adequate for many careers in the performing arts. For example, graduates with a bachelor’s degree may start working in film and TV production, theatre production, and arts administration. 

Career Options

Graduating from college with a degree in Screen Acting will serve you well as it equips you with a unique and marketable skill set. A performing arts degree teaches students how to think both critically and creatively as well as equipping them with invaluable performance and communication skills. 

Many recent graduates have entered into ‘entry-level’ careers in screen acting working as actors in television, film, and theatre. 

Other jobs that require a higher degree of responsibility will typically require further education, training, and/or experience to qualify for. 

Related Jobs Include:

  • Arts Administrator
  • Producer
  • Sound Engineer / Technician
  • Art Therapist
  • TV Presenter
  • Production Designer
  • Broadcaster
  • Film/TV Director
  • Acting Instructor

Further Study

An undergraduate degree in screen acting studies is often the first step towards further postgraduate study. Postgraduate students will often specialize in their preferred genre, be it film, television, stage, or otherwise. 

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  • What points do I need to study Screen Acting?
    • Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always best that you check with the individual higher education institution which is available on their websites. As a general rule Leaving Cert students should have a minimum of six subjects which should include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or Four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, English, Irish or another language.
  • Are there any particular qualities you need to study Screen Acting?
    • Students interested in careers in music will need to be passionate about film, television and theatre and their impact on society as well as be interested in developing, producing, and writing for these platforms. Additional students will need to be innovative, driven, creative, and collaborative. 
  • Where can I study Screen Acting?
    • Explore your options here

Did You Know?

  • The Great Train Robbery, released in 1903, is considered to be the first narrative fiction film! With a run-time of less than 12 minutes, the film was produced by Thomas Edison’s Edison Studios!
  • As of September 2020, the highest grossing film of all time is Avengers: Endgame earning over $3 billion at the box office!
  • The portrait from the now famous “draw me like one of your French girls” scene from Titanic was not drawn by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, but instead by the film’s director, James Cameron!


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