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Drama (Performance) / Drámaíocht (Léiriú)


What is... Drama (Performance)?

The BA in Drama (Performance) is a three-year, full-time programme in practical drama training and education. DIT Conservatory has over 20 years experience in drama training and is one of the leading drama providers in Ireland. DIT Drama graduates have had national and international success as actors, directors, drama facilitators, and drama researchers.

What are my... Career Opportunities?  

Graduates go on to work as actors, directors, drama facilitators and researchers. Among the many places where recent DIT Drama graduates have been employed are: The Abbey Theatre, The Gate Theatre, The 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.

What other options do I have after completion?

Recent DIT Drama graduates have gone on to practical Master’s programmes in performance and postgraduate academic research (including PhD level) in Trinity College Dublin, UCD, UCC, University College London, The Central School of Speech and Drama, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?  

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

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

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

Module Listing

Year One  

  • Acting  
  • Voice and Speech  
  • Ensemble Performance  
  • Movement, Singing and Dance  
  • Drama Facilitation  
  • Critical Analysis  

Year Two

  • Monologue and Scene Study  
  • Shakespeare and the Acted Word  
  • Irish Drama and Modern Drama  
  • Renaissance Drama to Romantic Drama  
  • Movement, Singing, Dance and Combat  
  • Theatre in Education  

Year Three

  • Acting to Camera  
  • Radio Drama  
  • Contemporary Theatre and Drama  
  • Movement, Singing and Combat  
  • Drama in Social Contexts  
  • Graduating Production  
  • Thesis  
  • Recital  

Further Information

T: (01) 402 3471 (Andrea Basquille - Programme Chair)



What our Students say!   

  • Aoife Courtney: “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.
    DIT 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. 
    Some of 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.” 
  • Gavin Fullam: Recent Theatre includes: MACBETH for Second Age Theatre Co., 16 POSSIBLE GLIMPSES, MACBETH and CHRIST DELIVER US at the Abbey Theatre, THE FIELD for Lane Productions, ARCADIA at the Gate Theatre and WELL OF DREAMS at the Oisin Gallery.  Film and TV work includes: SMALL TIME for Fail Safe Films, THE TAKE for Sky One, REIGN OF FIRE for Buena Vista Films and FOUNTAIN PEN OF DOOM for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 
    On the DIT Drama Programme; “The three years are really intensive...the course is indispensable for those looking to pursue a career in drama.”