Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Performing Arts

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code SG241
  • Duration 4
  • Points Required 279*
  • NFQ Level 8

Course Summary

We have developed this course in consultation with arts practitioners in Ireland and abroad. It has the support of nationally- and internationally-acclaimed theatre and film practitioners as well as major locally-based arts organisations including the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, The Model Arts Centre and The Hawk’s Well Theatre.

In year one, all students study acting, theatre design, voice and movement, cultural studies, digital media, performance analysis and directing.

In year two you can chose either acting or theatre design, with cultural studies and directing common to both strands.

In year three, you are introduced to the theatre and film industries by participating in a 4-6 week work placement of your choice, for example, at the Abbey Theatre, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company Sligo, CBC television (The Tudors) as well as in theatre companies across Europe and the United States.

In year four, the focus is on professional practice. Leading practitioners from the industry discuss their work with you and offer specialist advice.

Key Skills:

Acting: You will be exposed to a variety of genres, styles and play texts from the classics, exploring a range of approaches to acting. You will develop a range of skills; vocal, physical, intellectual and emotional, in order to create characterisation. You will work effectively and creatively in acting in collaboration with others. You will take part in a solo showcase and graduation show.

Theatre Design: You will develop skills in performance design disciplines, including visual research and awareness; text and character analysis; spatial exploration; costume design and model-making; technical drawing and imaging for stage and film. The emphasis is on developing imagination, creativity and visual awareness along with interpretive and collaborative skills. Specific disciplines include film, TV, dance, opera, performance art and music video. You will collaborate with professional directors, prepare a portfolio of work and exhibit in the
graduation exhibition.

Cultural Studies: Cultural Studies introduces you to a variety of visual, literacy and critical faculties from a range of cultural and historical backgrounds. The exploration of text to modes of performance is examined, including play texts, film, productions and performance art as well as visual and material culture.

Transferable Skills: You will develop generic and transferable skills such as research, critical thinking, analysis, written and verbal communication. Graduates can work both as creative individuals and as part of a team.



Acting: You will be an employable and entrepreneurial self-managing artist in an increasingly diverse profession.


Learn much more about this programme or Performing Arts in general at IT Sligo.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming programme in Writing and Literature with launch in Sept 2017.

Find out more about this Programme

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

A minimum of 4 grade Ds at Ordinary Level and 2 Grade C3s at Higher Level. Leaving Certificate subjects must include English or Irish. Mathematics is not required for this course. We require a minimum of 140 points for all Level 8 courses.

Garda vetting:

You should note that all entrants to this course will be required to undergo vetting by the Garda Síochána. If you have a criminal conviction in Ireland or elsewhere, this may adversely impact on your ability to undertake a professional placement or to secure employment in the field of Performing Arts.

Career Opportunities

There is a steady demand for qualified practitioners in the theatre and film industries. Graduates will be qualified to work either as an actor or designer for theatre, film and TV, or alternatively in a range of areas across the performing arts and creative industries in Ireland and abroad.

Theatre Design: You will be employable in a range of careers in theatre design, TV and film design and related professions. Each year a graduate specialising in Theatre Design will receive a bursary from the Institute to take up a six month residency at the Abbey Theatre, called the Yeats Design Residency.

Acting: You will be an employable and entrepreneurial self-managing artist in an increasingly diverse profession.


Learn much more about this programme or Performing Arts in general at IT Sligo.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming Masters Programme in (range of specialisms) in Creative Practice which will begin in September 2019.

Further Study

You can continue to Higher Diploma in Education, Master of Arts, Master of Education, MPhil in Theatre and Performance, or embark on a PhD.

Course Format

Semester 1

Introduction to Drama and Literature05
Literature: The Critical Voice05
Acting 1 Introduction to Acting 05
Studio Skills 1 for Performing Arts05
Design for Performance 1 - Introduction to Set Design05
Introduction to Voice and Movement 105

Semester 2

Introduction to Technical Theatre05
Digital Media for Performing Arts 105
Design for Performance 2 - Introduction to Costume Design05
Greek Theatre05
Introduction to Directing 105
Acting 2 Actors Work on Text05

Semester 3

Film Studies05
Experimental Literature, Drama and Writing05
Visual and Material Culture 1 (Introduction & Historical Survey) [E]05
Voice and Movement 2 [E]05
Technical Theatre 2 (Production) [E]05
Acting 3 Playing Heightened and Poetic Text [E]05
Theatre Design 1 [E]05
Theatre Design Studio Skills 2 [E]05
Digital Media for Performing Arts 2 (Design) [E]05

Semester 4

Modernism in Drama and Literature05
Facilitation and Drama05
Directing 205
Acting 4. Acting Techniques and Styles  [E]05
Physical Theatre [E]05
Devised Theatre [E]05
Studio Skills 3 (Introduction to CAD for Theatre Design) [E]05
Theatre Design 2 [E]05
Digital Media for Performing Arts 3 (Design) [E]05

Semester 5

Live Art and Performance 05
Directing 3 - postmodern theatre05
Postmodernism in Drama and Literature05
Voice and Movement 3 [E]05
Acting 5 (for Production) [E]10
Costume Design for Stage and Screen [E]05
Theatre Design (for Production) [E]05
Studio Skills 4 (CAD for Theatre Design: 3D Modelling) [E]05

Semester 6

Lighting Design and Digital Theatre10
Semester 6 - Creative Writing Practice05
Acting to Camera [E]05
Acting 6 Acting for production 2 [E]10
Theatre Design (for Production 2) [E]15

Semester 7

Global Shakespeares05
Acting 6 Audition Show [E]10
Voice and Movement 4 [E]05
Theatre Design 3 Design for Performance Adv [E]10
Theatre Design Studio Skills 5 (advanced) [E]05

Semester 8

Irish Theatre 'Then and Now'05
Professional Practice in Performing Arts05
Theatre Design 4 Design for Performance (Graduation) [E]15
Theatre Design Studio Skills 6 (professional studio) [E]05
The Yeats Project [E]05
Acting 7 Graduation Show [E]15

[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.