Drama (Performance) / Drámaíocht (Léiriú)

Programme Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Drama (Peformance)

2021 CAO Points 448*

*This includes score from audition (maximum score 100)


Cut-off date for Irish/EU applications is 1st February for original CAO application choices, or 1st March if added as a late change-of-mind on an existing CAO application.

Cut-off date for international applications is 31st March.

All applicants will be invited to audition; this is a requirement in order to be eligible for a conditional offer

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



Other Requirements

Applicants must attend an audition/interview

QQI Level 5 and 6 applicants are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature   

This is a three-year, full-time programme in practical drama training and education. TU Dublin Conservatory has over 20 years’ experience in drama training and is one of the leading centres of education in the performing arts in Ireland.

Our graduates have had national and international success as actors, directors, drama facilitators and drama researchers.

You’ll study fundamental acting techniques, voice and language in performance (including Shakespeare), and performance in a variety of cultural, historical and aesthetic contexts.

You’ll develop your body through movement, singing, dance and combat. You’ll learn how to use drama in social and educational contexts through performance and running workshops, and how to analyse and write about a wide range of drama and performance.

Over the three years, there are two small-scale productions and large-scale graduating production. While practical performance is at the core of the programme, you’ll be required to undertake substantial academic research and analysis as well.

Modules include Acting, Voice and Speech, Ensemble Performance, Movement, Singing & Dance, Drama Facilitation, Monologue and Scene Study, Shakespeare and the Acted Word, Irish Drama and Modern Drama, Renaissance Drama to Romantic Drama, Theatre in Education, Acting to Camera, Radio Drama, and Contemporary Theatre and Drama.

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

Study Abroad Opportunities:

Students can apply to study abroad in the Theater Department of Columbia College Chicago in the second semester of Year 2.

Graduates go on to work as actors

  • Directors
  • Drama Facilitators
  • Researchers

Recent graduates have been employed in:

  • The Abbey Theatre
  • Gate Theatre
  • Royal Shakespeare Company
  • RTÉ
  • BBC
  • London’s West End
  • Buena Vista Films International
  • Showtime
  • TEAM Educational Theatre Company
  • Smashing Times Theatre Company
  • and schools and healthcare centres in Ireland and abroad.

Graduate Job Titles:

  • Actor
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Dramatherapist
  • Dramaturg,
  • Playwright
  • Producer
  • Teacher
  • Theatre Director
  • Voiceover Artist

Roles where Drama would be useful:

  • Arts Administrator
  • Broadcast Presenter
  • Teacher
  • Theatre Stage Manager
  • Tour Guide

Graduate Employers:

  • Abbey Theatre
  • BBC
  • Bewleys Cafe Theatre
  • Buena Vista Films International
  • Dublin Fringe Festival
  • Fishamble
  • Gate Theatre
  • Landmark Theatre
  • London’s West End
  • National Gallery of Ireland
  • Project Arts Theatre
  • Rough Magic Theatre Company
  • Royal Shakespeare Company
  • RTÉ
  • Schools and healthcare centres in Ireland and abroad.
  • Showtime
  • Smashing Times Theatre Company
  • Smock Alley Theatre
  • TEAM Educational Theatre Company
  • The Mac Theatre
  • The New Theatre
  • Acting
  • Critical Analysis
  • Drama Facilitation
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Movement, Singing and Dance
  • Voice and Speech
  • Irish Drama and Modern Drama
  • Monologue and Scene Study
  • Movement, Singing, Dance and Combat
  • Renaissance Drama to Romantic Drama
  • Shakespeare and the Acted Word
  • Theatre in Education
  • Acting to Camera
  • Contemporary Theatre and Drama
  • Drama in Social Contexts
  • Graduating Production
  • Movement, Singing and Combat
  • Radio Drama
  • Recital
  • Research Project
My education from the Conservatory of Music and Drama made me a confident, well-rounded theatre-artist. Since my graduation I have worked as an actor, dancer, theatre director and most recently a choreographer.
I was taught me how to research and take responsibility for my own art-making. Since graduating I have had several grants to travel abroad to study in Seattle, Massachusetts, New York and recently attend a European conference on the performing arts in Copenhagen.
My career highlights to date include: a year-long mentorship by Fishamble Theatre Company as an emerging director. Staging my first group choreography, Flock, in Castletown House, Co. Kildare. Working as a dance artist in residency with Genesis Collective, Dance House. Acting with Gavin Kostick in ‘Heart of Darkness’ (winner Spirit of the Fringe). Commissioning a new play, ‘Jetlag Waltz’, by John Grogan for my company Ready Fire Aim. Running a monthly arts night, Art Party, to showcase new music, dance and theatre talent in Dublin in the workman's club.
TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Hons)


3 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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