• 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
  • Physical Theatre
  • Improvisation
  • Devising
  • Voice/Singing
  • Acting Skills
  • Stage Combat
  • Dance
  • Stage Management
  • Communications
  • Set Design & Construction
  • Lighting
  • TV/Film
  • Audition

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/ H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • 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...

"My experience in BIFE has allowed me to further develop not only my acting but also enhance my theatre making skills with support from both students and faculty alike. The support given to me by lecturers was invaluable during my time here. They work with you in order for you to achieve your best, both academically and in performance. Since graduating from BIFE I have been awarded an Honours Bachelors Degree in Drama from the University of Wolverhampton along with an award for “Overall Best Performance”. I am now teaching drama to children in the local Bray area. This has always been a dream of mine. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to develop themselves as a performer and theatre maker. This course can be challenging at times, however the reward is well worth the challenge" - Aoife Ní Dhonnchadha

"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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