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Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education

Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education


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

This drama course is designed for the contemporary practitioner in drama education, whether you are interested in teaching in a school or running a practice or studio.

Why Study Drama Education at Griffith College?

The Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education is available on a full or part-time basis over a 1-Year Period and comprises of two performance modules from the Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education, Ireland’s only specialised certification in drama education qualifications. The course will provide a path for the progression of drama students to teachers, as well as a professional development opportunity to revitalise the practices of existing drama teachers.

  • Modules are certified under QQI's Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Subjects Scheme (ACCS).
  • range of study options are available including part-time evening study, with the possibility to take the programme in three stages under the QQI ACCS scheme.
  • 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
Applications of the Creative Process

This module is delivered in three parts. The first part aims to provide the learner with an awareness of the diversity of theatrical styles and encourage the learner to consider ways to relate historical works to contemporary expectations. The second part will provide the learner with a knowledge base and planning strategy to develop and present a theatre production in a managed and safe way, and encourage the learner to apply these principles in the classroom. The third part of the module aims to encourage the notion of coherence and vision when creating a performance, and to facilitate the learner in the realisation of that vision. 

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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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Professional Practice

The module aims to enable the learner to implement codes of best practice in relation to Child Protection and inform the learner of the legal obligations of running a music organisation or drama school, in relation to Health and Safety. It will give learners an understanding of the accepted ethical and fiscal standards and norms as directed by the professional bodies in music education, which guide and regulate their members such as STDI, ADEI and Drama League of Ireland. The module will provide the learner with a practical framework for managing the business and financial aspects of running a music school/ drama school or studio and enable the learner to develop strategies for successful event management within an artistic context. 

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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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Psychology of Teaching and Learning

This module consists of two parts. Part 1 explores some key psychological theories and their application to teaching and learning and Part 2 introduces the areas of Community Music and Inclusive Education. The module aims to provide the learner with a broad and intellectually challenging theoretical framework for teaching and learning, as well as to provide the learner with the knowledge to plan for social participation in learning, and to apply this knowledge effectively in the area of practice/placement in drama teaching.

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Pedagogy and Drama Teaching Placement

This module aims to enable learners to develop an understanding of the process of teaching and learning and to situate that knowledge in a community of practice by participation in that community and in the culture of its practice. Learners will gain an understanding of the place of drama in the specified curriculum in the area of Arts Education and develop their appreciation for the integral role of assessment, and in particular formative assessment in the teaching and learning process, and the development of appropriate strategies needed to assess learning in drama education. 

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Course Contacts

Dublin Main Campus Campus
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

A primary degree in a drama related field or A primary degree in a non-cognate (unrelated) discipline + grade 10 in Speech and 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 6,050.00

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 6,850.00


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 Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education may progress on to study at Level 9

Career Progression

Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education will be qualified to teach drama, either as private practitioners, or in schools, and will have a good basis for professional progression in drama education and training.


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