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Diploma in Acting and Theatre

Diploma (NFQ Level 7) ; 1 year full-time ; 16 places

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+353 1 896 2559


Course Fees

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What is the Bachelor in Acting?

This is a three year, full-time, intensive honors degree for anyone who is serious about acting and wants to become an actor. The structure and contents of this degree have been designed in consultation with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and consists of a practical skill based course that enables students to learn by doing. The UK and Ireland’s leading theatre practitioners form the core panel of teachers within The Lir Academy and a number of visiting international directors, actors, playwrights and producers are regularly scheduled to take workshops, manage projects and lend their expertise to the learning experience. Students will be taught in acting technique, voice, movement, and singing, as well as complementary classes in dramaturgy and text analysis, over six semesters (two per annum).

Do you enjoy:

  • Intensive, immersive training with theatre professionals who are focused on ensuring you become the best actor you can be?
  • Growing, developing and learning in a friendly fun and safe environment?
  • Performing on stage, on film or on TV?

Bachelor in Acting: The course for you?

Being an acting student at The Lir Academy at Trinity is completely different to being a student on other drama courses. While students of degree courses in drama might be in taught classes for approximately 14 hours per week, students at The Lir Academy can expect to be in classes, workshops and rehearsals on average for 35 hours per week, and sometimes more when in production. Training for the theatre at The Lir Academy is founded on the basic principle of simulating the working environment of a professional theatre.

The teaching is intense and offers a high degree of individual tuition. Acting students are expected to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to cope with the physical demands and stamina required by the training.

Only students who are fully committed to pursuing a career as a professional actor should consider this course. Students who are unsure of their career path at this stage should consider applying for the Diploma in Acting and Theatre at The Lir Academy, Drama Studies or Drama and Theatre studies.

Bachelor in Acting at Trinity

The Lir Academy was developed by the partnership of the Cathal Ryan Trust and Trinity and opened its doors to the first students in September 2011. It is formally associated with the world-renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

The depth and breadth of the training is supplemented by guest lectures and workshops from leading international figures of stage and screen.

The training offered by The Lir Academy takes place in a custom built building at Grand Canal Quay, designed specifically for a range of courses in acting, design, directing, lighting design, stage management, technical theatre and playwriting

Graduate skills and career opportunities

The course is specifically designed to train actors for the theatre, TV and Film. All the training is provided by dedicated theatre professionals with strong industry links. All of the final year productions and showcases are designed to attract international employment opportunities for the students. There is a strong emphasis in the training on career preparation, and students will be taught not only how to work as an actor but also how to sustain a career as an actor.

Your degree and what you’ll study

First and second years

Students in the first two years of the course take compulsory modules in Acting and Text, Movement Studies and Voice Studies. Teaching is by practical workshop and delivered by professional practitioners. In addition, there is considerable individual tuition to supplement the workshops in all aspects of the course. Students will also be introduced to the techniques of acting for recorded media (film, radio, television).

At the end of second year, students will combine all the skills developed over the two years of training in their first ensemble production to an invited audience.

Third and final year

Students will be cast in a series of 5 theatre productions, directed by professional theatre directors. Each production will have multiple performances over a 7-day period and will play to invited agents, directors, producers, as well as the general public. Students will also be cast in a short film, directed by a professional film director and filmed both on set and on location. The films will receive a public screening. Students will also perform an audition showcase in both Dublin and London before an invited audience of agents and directors.

Assessment in the first and second years is based entirely on a series of practical class presentations in all modules. In third year, assessment is by a series of public performances.

What our current students say

Emma Reid

“I chose to study the Bachelor of Acting at The Lir Academy because performing arts has always been my a life-long love and with arts forming so much of Ireland’s identity, I wanted to immerse myself not only in world class education, but be a part of a warm, supportive and strong group of artists who foster emerging and diverse talent and set the standard for artistic excellence in one of the most competitive industries in the world. I never felt like an outsider upon my arrival and was welcomed with open arms into a community I can truly call my family and my home away from home.”

What our graduates say

Eanna Hardwicke

“I chose to study at The Lir Academy at Trinity College Dublin because of its strong reputation for theatre and the arts. I got a great feeling during my visit at the open day and also going through the audition process at The Lir – it felt ambitious yet caring, traditional and also ground breaking. My early experience of the staff was that they were outstanding, kind and approachable.”

Course Details


Diploma (NFQ Level 7)


1 year full-time

Number of Places


Admission Requirements

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This is a restricted entry course. Online applications must be submitted by the beginning of February 2020. This course is not part of the CAO application system. Application forms can be completed online on The Lir Academy website:

Entry is by Audition. Students will prepare a classical, a contemporary and a reserve monologue (which can be either classical or contemporary) for first audition. Each monologue should be no more than three minutes long. Successful applicants at first audition will be required to attend at least one more round of auditions at which voice, movement and group skills will be assessed. The final date for receipt of applications is beginning of February 2020 however, applicants are encouraged to apply from October onwards. Auditions will be held between November 2019 and March 2020.

Course Fees

Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

Get In Touch

Telephone Number

+353 1 896 2559