Certificate in Drama Performance (20 Credits)

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Course Overview

Internationally recognised drama course geared towards unearthing the next generation 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 the third level. This programme enables learners to concentrate on developing their performance skills at a high level to progress on to a drama teaching qualification.

Why Study Drama at Griffith College?

The QQI Level 8 Certificate in Drama Performance is available on a 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.Below are some of the benefits of enrolling

  • Modules certified under QQI's Accumulation of Credits & Certification of Subjects Scheme (ACCS).
  • A range of methods and techniques are explored over the course of the programme.
  • 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.

Course Highlights

  • Provides a pathway for the progression of drama students to teachers.
  • Can be utilised as a professional development programme to revitalise the practice of existing teachers.
  • Learners concentrate on developing their performance skills at an advanced level with a view to progressing to a drama teaching qualification.
  • Fully accredited by QQI, making them internationally recognised accredited qualifications. The LSMD is the only institution in Ireland offering QQI validated specialised drama education qualifications.
  • Flexible schedule with part-time evening study, and day-time sessions (a mixture of Saturdays and Sundays).
  • Access to performance oriented facilities, including a 600-seater concert hall and an impressively stocked drama library.

Intake Dates

  • Dublin - Part-Time - September 2024

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

Students take two modules from the Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education programme, allowing them to concentrate on acquiring a specific subset of drama teaching skills and knowledge.

Core Subjects

The module provides learners with classic and contemporary techniques that are relevant to modern theatre practice. The taught programme develops the learners’ skills allowing them to connect with, and recreate, the world around them through the understanding of postural forms, gestures, command of space as a substance to create objects, movement, identification with objects, breath and energy. Finally, they learn to to create a narrative that has a central character and dilemma.

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A large part of drama teaching involves the skill of directing. Whether working in the private or public sector, performance, of some kind, is ultimately expected. This module gives learners a grounding in improvisation, which is the basis for devising, and then moves on to working with text. Learners are introduced to a variety of situations where they might need to draw on these different skills and tools, from entering grade exams, putting on their own school productions or devising with community/youth groups.

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Course Contacts

Suzanne Binley

The Leinster School of Music & Drama Programme Director
  • Dublin Main Campus

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a primary degree in a drama related field, or, a primary degree in a non-cognate (unrelated) discipline plus Grade 10 in Speech and Drama from the LSMD, or an approved substiute.

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. 

English Language

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard.

Griffith College is accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. Please see here for further details.

For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.

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 2020 will be asked for a copy of their passport.


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

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Part-time


EUR 3,400.00

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. The fees above relate to Year 1 fees only.

Flexible payment options

Students wishing to pay their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please view our Fees information page for more information and assistance.


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

Students may progress from this programme to take further modules under QQI’s ACCS scheme e.g. 45 credits Certificate in Drama Education/ Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education.

Career Progression

Graduates of the programme have taken many routes and are gainfully employed in the performing arts sector and working within the early – years sector. Many graduates have progressed to further studies upon completion of this programme.​


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