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Diploma in Acting and Theatre

Diploma; 16 places

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What is the Diploma in Acting and Theatre?

The foundation course is aimed primarily at school leavers who are interested in preparing themselves for three-year actor training at conservatoire level, either at The Lir or a similar academy. With an additional focus on broadening students’ reading and understanding of plays and theatre history, it also prepares students for broader drama degrees and related areas of study and work. The course is taught by a committed team of teachers, including many of The Lir’s core acting tutors and teachers from our Master of Fine Art programmes. The personal development of students is enhanced by regular individual tutorials with the course director, a dedicated member of staff who supervises all aspects of the programme.

The course also encourages students to develop their own individual creativity with a focus on collaboration, improvisation and lateral thinking.

This course is an NFQ Level 7 Diploma.

Diploma in Acting and Theatre: The course for you?

This course runs for 24 weeks. It is divided into three eight week modules each of which culminates in an intensive week of rehearsals and project based work.

Classes will take place from Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day and will cover the core subjects of acting, voice and movement as well as physical theatre, dance, text analysis, choral singing, acting for screen, theatre history, audition technique classes and professional development with a focus on career progression.

Assessment is based on a series of practical class presentations in all modules.

The course is specifically designed to prepare students for drama/acting degrees and related areas of study and work within the theatre, TV and film industries.

All the training is provided by dedicated theatre professionals with strong industry links.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

The foundation diploma provides the students with a basis in the fundamentals of Acting, Vocal and Movement technique. Students study the the main genres of dramatic writing as well as performing these works and developing their own. This training provides the foundation for their future study as actors at Drama Conservatoires as well as for studying academically at bachelor degree level.

Your course and what you’ll study

  • The programme runs for 24 weeks, over Michaelmas and Hilary Term. It is devised into three eight week modules each of which culminates with an intensive week of rehearsals and project based work.
  • Classes run Monday to Friday with 6 hours contact time per day
  • Classes are led by The Lir Academy's regular teaching staff
  • Core classes in Movement, Voice and Acting
  • Individual Tutorials with dedicated Foundation Course Coordinator
  • Project based work, focusing on classical and contemporary theatre, culminating in week-long intensive rehearsal periods
  • Improvisation and Physical Theatre
  • Text analysis and sight reading
  • Choral singing
  • Acting for Screen
  • Solo Shakespeare and Shakespeare Scenes
  • Theatre History
  • Audition Technique classes
  • Professional Development and career progression classes, with a focus on professional acting and non-acting based theatre, TV and Film careers



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What our graduates say

“As a foundation student in The Lir Academy I have been enriched by the experience, discipline, encouragement and freedom for all artistic needs. Six months of intense training provides you with the confidence and skills to go on to pursue any undergraduate course you wish to follow. The best thing about The Lir Academy is that everyone you work with has a wealth of experience and wisdom that comes with working in the industry. What I personally loved about The Lir was that we got the opportunity to be exposed to current theatre practitioners. The course definitely widens your perspective on what you really want to do in life and pushes you to your limits, I would recommend it for everyone as a foundation for life!”

Admission Requirements

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Restricted entry

This is a restricted entry course. Applications must be submitted by 1 February 2018.

This course is taught by The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity. It is not part of the CAO application system. Application forms can be completed online on The Lir Academy website: Only one application is needed for the Bachelor in Acting degree and the Diploma in Acting and Theatre if students are applying for both courses.

Entry is by Audition. Students will prepare a classical and a contemporary monologue for first audition. Each monologue should be no more than three minutes long. Successful applicants at first audition will be required to attend one more round of auditions at which voice, movement and group skills will be assessed. Auditions will be held between November 2017 and March 2018.