• Code: PA
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Award in Performing Arts (5M5151)
  • Duration: One Year


This one year course provides an intensive production-led study in theatre performance. It enables learners to develop the personal qualities and performance skills essential to an actor/performer,self-confidence, focus, concentration, flexibility, trust, imagination and co-operation. Training prepares students to perform in a range of Media.



Programme of Study
  • Alexander Technique
  • Physical Theatre
  • Improvisation
  • Devising
  • Voice/Singing
  • Acting Skills
  • Dance
  • Stage Combat
  • Fencing
  • Puppets/Masks
  • Stage Management
  • Communications
  • Set Design & Construction
  • Lighting
  • TV/Film
  • Audition

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or Equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature students – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

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

Career Opportunities

This course provides skills and training which will enable learners to identify and seek employment in the ever expanding Performing Arts/Entertainment industry. All auditions are performed on stage and filmed in the studio.

Higher Education Progression*


  • Performing Arts –Theatre (BTEC Higher National Diploma Level 6+)


  • Drama (Performance) (DT529)


  • Drama and Theatre Studies (TR025)

NUI Galway:

  • Arts (Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies): (GY118)
Course Co-Ordinator

Helen O'Mahony

Where are they now?

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

"Drama has been my biggest passion since I was ten. Thanks to Bray Institute of further education I had a chance to start a Performing Arts course, which l always wanted. In three years I achieved a FETAC level 5 and a Higher National Diploma which entitled me to study one more year at the Swansea Metropolitan University where I got a second class, upper division (2.1) Honours Degree in Performing arts. I am now completing my MA in Drama-therapy at NUI Maynooth." - Paolo Trente

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