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Drama: Advanced Acting Course

Students who successfully complete Drama Level 5 and level 6 in Kinsale Campus can progress to Sunderland University (UK) and take a further one year course to achieve a BA honours degree.

Our Drama course is designed for students who have already developed core performance skills. Classes and performances are centred in the college’s unique amphitheatre, and well equipped studio. The teaching practise in Kinsale is underpinned by belief in an ensemble approach to theatre and classes are taught through practical workshop.

Drama: Advanced Acting Course Kinsale Campus
Course Hours:Timetables vary from year to year please contact the college directly for detailed timetable information
Course Code:6M3566
Entry requirements:1. Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be
considered in lieu of formal qualifications. An equivalent level 5 award completed
2. All applicants will be required to attend an interview
3. An offer of a place on this course means the applicant has met the minimum
entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview
Course Duration:1 year
Commencement Date:September 2024
Course Co-Ordinator: Ms. Belinda Wild
Contact information:kinsalecampus@corketb.ie
Additional Drama Website:www.woodenotheatrecourse.com

Have a look at our Drama Website

Drama and Theatre Performance Kinsale Campus


Career Opportunities

Our Career Network

Graduates may pursue careers in: Acting, Theatre Production, Arts Administration, Community Arts, Workshop Facilitation, Teaching, and Theatre Writing. Past students have pursued all of the above as well as forming their own Theatre Companies.



Education Progression Opportunities


Students who successfully complete the QQI Level 5 Award and the QQI Level 6 Award will have automatic entry to YR 3 (of a three -year BA hons degree in the University of Sunderland

See above regarding links to University of Sunderland

Audition opportunities with
The Lir Academy Trinity College Dublin
The Gaiety School of Acting Professional Actor Training 2YR
You also have a large choice of Diploma and Degree course options YR1 through the CAO System, See our progression/ links document on HYPERLINK “https://kinsalecampus.ie/links” www.kinsalecollege.ie/links for more details.

CAO system
UCC CK112 Drama & Theatre Studies
CK101 Arts
CK104/5 Music
CK109 English
Mary I MI001 Contemporary & Applied Theatre Studies
CIT CR700 Theatre & Drama Studies L7
CIT CR121 Music
CIT CR125-9 Popular Music


Work Placement/Experience

Work Experiences

Participants will be required to undertake 10 days of work experience in a suitable setting. Each participant will devise, produce and perform in an original piece of theatre for a public audience to fulfil this requirement.

Other Information 
Kinsale College has a unique, specially designed and purpose built amphitheatre providing drama students with a perfect rehearsal and public performance space. Students also perform, on occasion, in Cork at venues such as the Half Moon Theatre and the Cork Arts Theatre.

In addition there are often opportunities to take productions on tour. Links are maintained with the professional theatre, both through the permanent staff and by master classes, offered by visiting theatre professionals and course alumni in their areas of expertise. Seminars are given on the Theatre industry, employment opportunities and preparation for interview and audition.

See all our QQI Level 6 Courses

Student Experiences

“Since graduating from the Kinsale Drama course in 2009 I’ve been living in Dublin working as a professional actor. Productions I’ve worked on include ‘TIC’ by Elizabeth Moynihan at the Focus theatre. ‘18-35’ with Conflicted theatre at the 2012 Cork Mid-summer festival and most recently ‘Foreign Bodies’ at the Project Arts Centre summer 2013. I am currently attending the Acting for Film programme at the Factory. I’ve appeared in a number of short films and have just recently finished filming ‘Jack Taylor’ produced by TV3 and directed by Stuart Orme. The training I received from Belinda in Kinsale FEC was a unique and invaluable experience. She created an environment that nurtured me and allowed me the space I needed to develop and grow as a performer. She instilled in us all her passion for the craft of acting and a deep rooted sense of ensemble that gave me the confidence, skills and experience to move forward in my career.”
Sonya O’Donohue went on to become a professional actress first in Cork, then in Dublin appearing in TV shows such “Penny Dreadful”, “Jack Taylor” and “Red Rock” and Films like “No Party for Billy Burns” and “The Limit Of”.)
“I decided to do the drama course with Belinda Wild because I wanted to add to my skills as a circus performer by learning the craft of acting. My two years on the drama course were spent in a whirlwind of creativity and exploration that were far beyond my expectations! I am now based in Italy and working as a professional performer, creating my own work which is a mixture of circus and theatre and putting all of the invaluable skills I learned to use on a daily basis.”
Cathal Carroll went on to become a professional actor, improviser and clown performing professionally in festivals all over the world with his own devised shows that combine elements of theatre, circus and clowning. Cathal moved to Tuscany and since then he works all over Italy and Europe performing his shows for young people and in festivals)