Drama (Performance)

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Are you passionate about drama? Do you want to teach, perform and develop your skills even further? Are you confident, hard working and love to express yourself through drama? This could be a course that you will enjoy. 

What is Drama (Performance)?

This course covers fundamental acting techniques, voice and language in performance as well as performance, culture, history and aesthetic contexts. 

What third level courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas: 

  • Drama (Performance) – TU Dublin 


  • Business Studies with Drama
  • Drama with Irish
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • English Literature with Drama Studies
  • English, Drama and Film

Studying Drama (Performance) in college

This course is offered by TU Dublin and is a Level 8, three year course. There are many courses in drama, both undergraduate and PLC, but this course in particular can be found in TU Dublin. The course will allow you to explore areas from acting, history, culture and much more. 

Your first year of any undergraduate course will act as a foundation year. You will become familiar with the basic principles of Drama in relation to performance. You will also become familiar with what is to come throughout your course and develop your skills and interest in different areas. In your first year you will cover modules from Acting, Critical Analysis, Drama Facilitation, Ensemble Performance, Movement, Singing and Dance and Voice and Speech. 

Your second year will introduce you to more complex and in-depth areas of study including Irish Drama and Modern Drama, Monologue and Scene Study and Movement, Singing, Dance and Combat. Also in your second year you will study Renaissance Drama to Romantic Drama, Shakespeare and the Acted Word and Theatre in Education. In your second year students can apply to study abroad in the Theater Department of Columbia College Chicago in the second semester.

Your third year is your final year where you will put a large focus on your research project. Alongside the research project you will focus on modules from Acting to Camera, Contemporary Theatre and Drama, Drama in Social Contexts and Graduating Production to Movement, Singing and Combat, Radio Drama and Recital.

Throughout your course you’ll learn how to use drama in social and educational contexts through performance and running workshops, and how to analyse and write about a wide range of drama and performance. You will also develop your body through movement, singing, dance and combat. 

Career options

There are a number of career opportunities in this area. These include careers in theatres, performing, production, arts work, education or freelance teaching among many more. Examples of job options are listed below. 

There are also opportunities in research and education in colleges and universities around Ireland. You may also continue your study at postgraduate level to specialise in an area of your interest. 

Skills and qualities that are important in this area include excellent creativity skills, confident, disciplined, excellent communication skills, the ability to work well with others, organisation skills, time management skills and the ability to work under pressure. You will also need a creative streak. 

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  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Teacher
  • Theatre Director
  • Voiceover Artist
  • Dramatherapist
  • Community Arts Worker


Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always safest to 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, Irish or another language, and English. 

Specific courses may have their own requirements.Certain QQI courses may be accepted.

The points needed to study Drama (Performance) in Tu Dublin were 379 points last year. An audition/interview was necessary upon applying. 

Where can I study?

For other courses in the area you would like to explore, you can do so here.

Did you know?

  • Drama allows people to focus on relationships between people and actions
  • Women were not allowed to participate in stage productions until 1660
  • To ‘explode’ originally meant to hiss or boo an actor off the stage


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