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Drama and Theatre Arts

The Theatre Performance course provides a training in 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. Classes are taught through practical workshop supported by discussion and reflection.

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.


Course Hours:Timetables vary from year to year please contact the college directly for detailed timetable information
Course Code:5M5163
Entry requirements:1. Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience
will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.
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
Additional Drama Website:www.woodenotheatrecourse.com
Creative Drama and Theatre Arts

Have a look at our Drama Website

Creative Drama and Theatre Arts


Career Opportunities

Our Career Network

Graduates may pursue careers in:

• Acting
• Theatre Production
• Arts Administration
• Community Arts
• Workshop Facilitation
• Teaching
• Theatre Writing


Further Studies


Students who successfully complete the QQI Level 5 Award will be eligible to apply for the QQI Level 6 Award but also has a large choice of Diploma and Degree course options through the CAO System, See our progression/ links document on HYPERLINK “https://kinsalecampus.ie/links” www.kinsalecollege.ie/links for more details.

CCPS (Cork Colleges Progression Scheme)
CIT CR700 Theatre & Drama Studies L7
CIT CR121 Music
CIT CR125-9 Popular Music

CAO system
UCC CK112 Drama & Theatre Studies
CK101 Arts
CK104/5 Music
CK109 English
Mary I MI001 Contemporary & Applied Theatre Studies

Other Relevant
The Lir Academy Trinity College Dublin
The Gaiety School of Acting Professional Actor Training 2YR
Salford University Manchester UCAS W440 Theatre & Performance Practice 


Work Placement/Experience

Facilities in the Department

Participants are required to undertake a minimum 10 days of work experience in a suitable environment. All participants will take place in a fully rehearsed public performance at the end of the year to fulfil this requirement. 

Other Information
The Theatre Performance course is taught by professional theatre artists working both in Cork and nationally. The course is designed to offer students the opportunity to explore and develop their creative expression within a group environment that is safe, supportive and fun. As well as promoting physical, imaginative and vocal development, drama improves self-confidence, communication, and group skills.

Kinsale College has a unique, specially designed and purpose built amphitheatre providing drama students with a perfect space for rehearsal and public performance. Students also perform, on occasion, in venues outside kinsale. 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. 

See all our QQI Level 5 Courses

Student Experiences

“I think it should be compulsory that everyone in every line of work should study drama, and studying Drama in the Kinsale College is the icing on the cake. Ian and Belinda have pretty much laid the groundwork for my love and enthusiasm for life and nursed a passion for performance that has helped me in EVERY endeavour. Since completion of the course I’ve had the privilege to work with great directors in all the mediums of theatre, television and film. The craft of playing has brought me from the windy willows of Macroom to the plasticy places of Hollywood. Embarking on the course with Ian and Belinda with the underlying goal; “to soak up the craft like a fun sponge”, will not only guarantee a very interesting rest of life... but also guarantee the fusing of new friendships that will stay with you forever.”
Sebastian Thommen Played Michael Collins, in RTE’s Rebellion series 2016
“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
(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)