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QQI Level 5 Courses

No CAO points requirement!

Creative Drama and Theatre Arts

The theatre Performance course provides a training in core performance skills. Classes and performances are centred in the college's unique amphitheatre, and well equipped studio. The teaching practise in Kinsale is underpinned by belief in an ensemble approach to theatre. Classes are taught through practical workshop supported by discussion and reflection.

Course Hours:Timetables vary from year to year please contact the college directly for detailed timetable information
Course Code:5M5163
Entry requirements:1. Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience
will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.
2. All applicants will be required to attend an interview
3. An offer of a place on this course means the applicant has met the minimum entry requirements
set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview.
Course Duration:1 year
Commencement Date:September 2019
Course Co-Ordinator: Ms. Belinda Wild
Contact information:info@kinsalecollege.ie
New Drama Website:www.woodenotheatrecourse.com

About The Course

This unique and long-established course has a reputation for being very different from other forms of theatre training. Whilst it provides a complete actor’s training, covering script work, improvisation, characterisation, physical theatre and devising skills, there is a strong emphasis on personal and artistic growth, alongside others, in an ensemble group experience.

The training is mostly practical. An accumulation of theatre skills, explored in friendly, non-judgemental workshops, lead to public performances that are renowned for their originality and extraordinary dramatic vitality. The drama course also integrates other strands of the arts to complement theatre experiences, so students who wish to develop visual, musical, dance or other artistic skills are particularly well-suited to this training.

Classes and performances take place in the college’s unique amphitheatre and well equipped studio as well as in outside theatres and site specific venues. 

Modul Info & Codes

Acting Skills & Techniques: 5N5055
Theatre Performance: 5N4568
Performance Craft: 5N4567
Theatre Studies: 5N4571
Communications: 5N0690
Work Experience: 5N1356
Mime and Movement: 5N16074
Improvisation: 6N3552 

How to Apply & Application Deadline

Applications for all our courses will be available on the website and in the college from 1st week in January 2019 for all courses commencing in September 2019.

Interviews will be held for all courses later in the year generally in May/June. To apply, simply download an application form and forward to the College.

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Have a look at our
Drama Website

No CAO points requirement!

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Career Opportunities

Our Career Network

Graduates may pursue careers in:

• Acting
• Theatre Production
• Arts Administration
• Community Arts
• Workshop Facilitation
• Teaching
• Theatre Writing

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Further Studies

Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the QQI Level 5 Award will be eligible to apply for the QQI Level 6 Award but also has a large choice of Diploma and Degree course options through the CAO System, See our progression/ links document on HYPERLINK "http://www.kinsalecollege.ie/links" www.kinsalecollege.ie/links for more details.

CCPS (Cork Colleges Progression Scheme)
CIT CR700 Theatre & Drama Studies L7
CIT CR121 Music
CIT CR125-9 Popular Music

CAO system
UCC CK112 Drama & Theatre Studies
CK101 Arts
CK104/5 Music
CK109 English
Mary I MI001 Contemporary & Applied Theatre Studies

Other Relevant
The Lir Academy Trinity College Dublin
The Gaiety School of Acting Professional Actor Training 2YR
Salford University Manchester UCAS W440 Theatre & Performance Practice 

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Work Placement/Experience

Facilities in the Department

Participants are required to undertake a minimum 10 days of work experience in a suitable environment. All participants will take place in a fully rehearsed public performance at the end of the year to fulfil this requirement. 

Other Information
The Theatre Performance course is taught by professional theatre artists working both in Cork and nationally. The course is designed to offer students the opportunity to explore and develop their creative expression within a group environment that is safe, supportive and fun. As well as promoting physical, imaginative and vocal development, drama improves self-confidence, communication, and group skills.

Kinsale College has a unique, specially designed and purpose built amphitheatre providing drama students with a perfect space for rehearsal and public performance. Students also perform, on occasion, in venues outside kinsale. In addition there are often opportunities to take productions on tour. Links are maintained with the professional theatre, both through the permanent staff and by master classes, offered by visiting theatre professionals and course alumni in their areas of expertise. 

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Student Experiences

“I think it should be compulsory that everyone in every line of work should study drama, and studying Drama in the Kinsale College is the icing on the cake. Ian and Belinda have pretty much laid the groundwork for my love and enthusiasm for life and nursed a passion for performance that has helped me in EVERY endeavour. Since completion of the course I’ve had the privilege to work with great directors in all the mediums of theatre, television and film. The craft of playing has brought me from the windy willows of Macroom to the plasticy places of Hollywood. Embarking on the course with Ian and Belinda with the underlying goal; “to soak up the craft like a fun sponge”, will not only guarantee a very interesting rest of life... but also guarantee the fusing of new friendships that will stay with you forever.”

“I decided to do the drama course with Belinda Wild because I wanted to add to my skills as a circus performer by learning the craft of acting.

My two years on the drama course were spent in a whirlwind of creativity and exploration that were far beyond my expectations!

I am now based in Italy and working as a professional performer, creating my own work which is a mixture of circus and theatre and putting all of the invaluable skills I learned to use on a daily basis.”

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