Performing Arts

(HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA in Performing Arts, 120 ECTS Credits)

We offer a vibrant, vigorous and creative course, designed to give students the opportunity to develop skills that can help them advance to further study and the professional world of performing arts. This hands-on performing arts course offers an opportunity to improve your performing, auditioning and technical production skills. Learn to work collaboratively with other creative individuals. Display your talents and discover your strengths. Students will work in various professional theatres and performance venues.

Our tutors and visiting practitioners are industry professionals.

Entry to the course is through Interview and audition.

Course Content 2018/2019

Please note: Modules may vary yearly.

Year 1
Performing Arts HNC

Professional Development, Acting, Voice and Speech for Actors, Acting for camera, Stagecraft, Devising for Performance, Singing, The Performing Arts Industry.

Year 2
Performing Arts HND

Creative Research Project, Working in the Performing Industry, Acting 2, Dance for Actors, Stage Management, Immersive Theatre, Costume.


Year one- Higher National Certificate
Year two- Higher National Diploma 


Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts validated by Pearson UK- YEAR 1                                                      Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts validated by Pearson UK- YEAR 2

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate (including LCA). Appropriate approved prior learning (APL), Interview and audition required. Mature students welcome.

Special Features

Workshops with industry professionals.
Performance within a professional theatre context.
Professional placement.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our course can pursue a career in many areas of theatre/film and the broader entertainment industry. Progression to top up degrees in both Irish and UK colleges.

College Links

Top- up (BA Hons) Degree in Performing Arts University of Sunderland
BA (Hons) Drama Queen Margaret University Edinburgh

Course Charges

Year 1: €893*
Year 2: €628*

* includes €200 Govt. charge