• Code: PB (Year One); PC (Year Two)
  • Certification: BTEC Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts – Performance (Theatre) Level 6+ equivalence on the QCF
  • Duration: Two Years


This course is a production-led exploration of all aspects of theatre including performance and production. Training is provided in a comprehensive range of acting skills. Students study singing/voice/dance/improvisation/devising/physical theatre/clowning. Particular emphasis is given to training in classical acting skills. Learners will be expected to perform to live audience every term. Performances take place in local Black Box Pub Theatre and at Mermaid Arts Centre.



Programme of Study
  • Movement for the Actor
  • Acting for Camera
  • Physical Theatre Performance
  • Popular Entertainment
  • Naturalistic Acting
  • Development of Acting Skills
  • Voice and Speech Development and Practice
  • Classical Acting
  • Innovative Theatre Performance Work
  • Fitness Training for the Performing Arts
  • Acting for Microphone
  • Alternative Approaches to Acting
  • Creative Arts Research Skills
  • Creative Arts Professional Practice
  • Singing for Musical Theatre
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Preparation Process and Production in the Creative Arts

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent with acting experience
  • QQI Level 5 award in Performing Arts
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview and successful participation in a workshop/audition.

Career Opportunities
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Production Management
  • Stage Management
  • Set and Lighting Designers
  • Prop Management
  • Arts Administration
  • Teaching
  • TV/Film
  • Drama Therapy
  • Event Management and Tourism.
Higher Education Progression*

University of Wales, Swansea

  • B.A. Hons Degree in Performing Arts-Performance Theatre (Final year)


*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator

Helen O'Mahony

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"BIFE's Performing Arts course has helped me grow personally, inter-personally and professionally. After completing the HND course at BIFE I was accepted onto the final year of the Honours degree course at Swansea Met. During my time at Swansea Met., the students who studied at BIFE consistently stood out from the rest of the year. Along with the dedication and professionalism of the tutors at BIFE, this course will greatly benefit anyone who wishes to continue along this path." - Oisin Porter

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