Drama Performance

Internationally recognised drama course geared towards unearthing the next batch of world-class drama teachers.

The QQI accredited Certificate in Drama Performance from The Leinster School of Music & Drama is an international qualification offering a progression route for those who have achieved a high level of drama performance and theory to advance their studies to third level. This programme enables learners to concentrate on developing their performance skills at a high level with a view to progressing to a drama teaching qualification.

Why Study Drama at Griffith College?
The QQI Level 8 Certificate in Drama Performance is available on a part-time basis by the LSMD and comprises of two modules from the Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education, Ireland’s only specialised certification in music and drama education qualifications. Students of the course will benefit greatly from a faculty with over a century of experience in Music and Drama Teacher training as well as a unique learning experience.Below are some of the benefits of enrolling
• Modules certified under QQI's Accumulation of Credits & Certification of Subjects Scheme (ACCS).
• A range of methods and techniques are explored over the course of the programme.
• Access to performance oriented facilities, including a 600 seater concert hall and an impressively stocked drama library.
• Access to fully equipped studios with the latest industry-standard music software for writing, recording, performing, editing, mixing and composing music.
• Highly focused and experienced teachers, many of whom are active in the performance arena.

Course Highlights
• Provides a pathway for the progression of drama students to teachers.
• Can be utilised as a professional development programme to revitalise the practice of existing teachers.
• Learners concentrate on developing their performance skills at an advanced level with a view to progressing to a drama teaching qualification.
• Fully accredited by QQI, making them internationally recognised accredited qualifications. The LSMD is the only institution in Ireland offering QQI validated specialised drama education qualifications.
• Flexible schedule with part-time evening study, and day-time sessions (a mixture of Saturdays and Sundays).
• Access to performance oriented facilities, including a 600-seater concert hall and an impressively stocked drama library.

Subjects taught

Students take two modules from the Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education programme, allowing them to concentrate on acquiring a specific subset of drama teaching skills and knowledge.

Core Subjects
Preparing the Performer
The module provides learners with classic and contemporary techniques that are relevant to modern theatre practice. The taught programme develops the learners’ skills allowing them to connect with, and recreate, the world around them through the understanding of postural forms, gestures, command of space as a substance to create objects, movement, identification with objects, breath and energy. Finally, they learn to to create a narrative that has a central character and dilemma.

The Creative Process
A large part of drama teaching involves the skill of directing. Whether working in the private or public sector, performance, of some kind, is ultimately expected. This module gives learners a grounding in improvisation, which is the basis for devising, and then moves on to working with text. Learners are introduced to a variety of situations where they might need to draw on these different skills and tools, from entering grade exams, putting on their own school productions or devising with community/youth groups.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a primary degree in a drama related field, or, a primary degree in a non-cognate (unrelated) discipline plus Grade 10 in Speech and Drama from the LSMD, or an approved substiute.

Candidates with significant prior experience in drama education or performance may also be considered under the College’s APL and APEL policy. In all such cases, candidates will be required to submit their application for consideration by the College’s academic and professional council and may be required to present for interview and/or audition.

English Language
If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard.

Griffith College is accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency.

For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.

Application dates

How to Apply
All applicants must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility.

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January (of this year) will be asked for a copy of their passport.


1 year part-time.

Enrolment dates

Intake Dates
We run one intake for this course, commencing as follows:
Autumn: September*

*subject to sufficient numbers.

Post Course Info

Academic Progression
Students may progress from this programme to take further modules under QQI’s ACCS scheme e.g. 45 credits Certificate in Drama Education/ Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education.

Career Progression
Graduates of the programme have taken many routes and are gainfully employed in the performing arts sector and working within the early – years sector. Many graduates have progressed to further studies upon completion of this programme.

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  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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