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Drama Education

About the course
This programme is designed for the contemporary practitioner in drama education, whether teaching in a school or running a practice or studio. It is intended that this programme will provide a path for the progression of drama students to become teachers, as well as a professional development opportunity to revitalise the practices of existing drama teachers.

In recent years there has been a dramatic rise in the number of schools operating countrywide in this field. Parents continue to look for specialist classes in speech, drama, dance, communication and public speaking beyond the specified curriculum.

The key abilities which will contribute to successful individual participation on the programme have been identified as: a high level of drama performance skills; a thorough knowledge of drama theory; creativity in drama education; an ability to understand theoretical concepts in education; excellent communication skills; a genuine desire to nurture and develop drama skills among learners of all ages and abilities; an openness to new ideas; and an ability to challenge and interrogate conventional methods. The programme will be delivered by LSMD lecturers in the fields of education, psychology, storytelling, writing, directing, mime, dance, acting and voice. The teaching strategies employed will seek, by example, to encourage practices, which will disseminate artistic and creative initiatives, and require the students to instigate and develop their own ideas and reflect on the processes involved.

Entry requirements

A primary degree in a drama related field or A primary degree in a non-cognate (unrelated) discipline + grade 10 in Speech and Drama from the LSMD, or an approved substitute. 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.


1 Year.

Further enquiries

For Further Information Please contact Admissions
t: +353 1 415 0415

Subjects taught

Core subjects
Pedagogy and Teaching Practice 15 Credits
Psychology of Teaching and Learning 10 Credits
Professional Practice 5 Credits
Preparing the Performer 10 Credits
Application of the Creative Process 10 Credits
The Creative Process 10 Credits

Enrolment and start dates

Application can be made directly to the GCD Admissions Office or via the website

Applications for all direct entry programmes (undergraduate, postgraduate, part-time/evening time) must be made on the website and relevant* supporting documentation can be emailed to or posted to:

The Admissions Office,
Griffith College Dublin,
South Circular Road,
Dublin 8.

*All applications for direct entry to undergraduate programmes should include a copy of official Leaving Certificate results with the exception of mature applicants (who must supply evidence of date of birth).

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