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Certificate in Drama Performance (20 Credits)

Certificate in Drama Performance (20 Credits)


Internationally recognised drama course geared towards unearthing the next batch of world-class drama teachers

The QQI accredited Certificate in Drama Performance from The Leinster School of Music & Drama is an international qualification offering a progression route for those who have achieved a high level of drama performance and theory to advance their studies to third level.

Why Study Drama at Griffith College?

The QQI Level 8 Certificate in Drama Performance is available on both a full-time and part-time basis by the LSMD and comprises of two modules from the Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education, Ireland’s only specialised certification in music and drama education qualifications. Students of the course will benefit greatly from a faculty with over a century of experience in Music and Drama Teacher training as well as a unique learning experience.

  • Modules certified under QQI's Accumulation of Credits & Certification of Subjects Scheme (ACCS).
  • range of methods and techniques are explored over
  • Access to performance oriented facilities, including a 600 seater concert hall and an impressively stocked drama library.
  • Access to fully equipped studios with the latest industry-standard music software for writing, recording, performing, editing, mixing and composing music.
  • Highly focused and experienced teachers, many of whom are active in the performance arena

What our students say

Niall Kinsella

I thoroughly enjoyed doing my H.Dip with the LSMD at Griffith College! It exposed me to a broad range of modules and was tailored to our individual strengths and needs. Since completing the course I have gone on to do a Masters and I teach piano & music theory.

Niall Kinsella
Diploma in Music Education
Course details
Core Subjects
The Creative Process

This module aims to familiarise the learner with the necessary techniques for participation in, and in order to lead, an improvisation workshop. It will enable the learners to explore and utilise the imagination as part of the creative process of storytelling and enhance the learners’ understanding of how to build and develop a character. The module will facilitate learners in the development of a piece of devised theatre and equip the learner with the basic principles involved in directing different age groups. Finally learners will explore appropriate texts for differing age groups with regard to suitability, practicality and creative potential. 

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Preparing the Performer

This module, delivered in several parts, emphasises the preparation and cultivation fo the voice and the body. Among other skills, learners will cultivate an awareness of the physical makeup of the voice in relation to the body and develop an awareness of the energy and flexibility that words create in a given context. The modules will provide a theoretical framework which will enable the learner to examine the factors critical to effective performance and help the learner to develop an understanding of the semiotics of language, through the practical application of theories to texts of poetry, prose and drama. Other aims include the development of increased personal body awareness, body alignment in space and performance and presentation skills, as well as studying the interaction between the body and mask by understanding the impact it has on the development of physical performance. 

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Course Contacts

Dublin Main Campus Campus
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants of the Certificate in Drama Performance must have Grade 10 drama from the LSMD or an approved substitute. Candidates with significant prior experience in drama education or performance may also be considered under the College’s APL and APEL policy. In all such cases, candidates will be required to submit their application for consideration by the College’s academic and professional council and may be required to present for interview and/or audition.

How to Apply

All applicants must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the website homepage.

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2018 will be asked for a copy of their passport.

English Language

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.


For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from time of application.

Tuition Fees
Irish/EU, living in Ireland

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Part-time


EUR 3,000.00

Irish/EU, living abroad

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time


EUR 3,800.00

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


Academic Progression

Graduates of the Certificate in Drama Performance course are eligible to advance to progress to take further modules under QQI's ACCS scheme.

Career Progression

Graduates of the Certificate in Drama Performance will have a good basis for professional progression in drama education and training.


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