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Theatre & Drama Studies (BA Honours) (Level 8)

  • Course Code

    CR 700

  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BA (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

    Please note the CAO closing date is 1st February, late application will not be accepted.

Course duration:

4 years (8 semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements
Minimum Entry Requirements

► Leaving Certificate Examination
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include either English or Irish. There is no specific Mathematics requirement. Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects for entry.

► Vetting
Vetting is conducted by the National Vetting Bureau (formerly known as the Garda Central Vetting Unit).  The National Vetting Bureau (NVB) helps to assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.

► Entrance Assessment Test
An Assessment Test is also required and is provisionally scheduled to take place at the CIT Cork School of Music from Thursday to Saturday, 11th - 13th April 2019.

Candidates are not allowed to defer the results of the Entrance Assessment Test.

For the practical assessment, candidates will prepare a three-to-four minute monologue from a published play of their choice. Individual auditions/interviews will also include the performance of a short, previously unseen text given on the day. Each candidate will also take part in a 45-minute group drama workshop and complete a brief written exercise on an unprepared theatre topic.

Further details and an assessment information pack are available from

Sample Paper: 

Please CLICK HERE to download sample paper.

Work Placement

There is a mandatory 84 hours work placement over a minimum of 8 weeks in Year 3.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subject is English.

Course summary

Theatre & Drama Studies is a practice-based course for those intending to pursue a career in theatre or dramatic arts. Individual acting skills, voice production, ensemble performance and related theatre design and technical audio visual studies equip the student to work in live theatre, broadcast media or community-based arts facilitation.


CIT Cork School of Music



Saturday 17th November
CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork

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about the course

CR700 Course Location: CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork.

This Honours Degree course centres on theatre performance training, with supporting modules to facilitate wider career options. The course aims to produce artists that are physically and vocally flexible and intellectually alive and curious.

Alongside core disciplines of voice, movement and acting studies, you will develop a range of creative and practical techniques and transferable skills that will encourage you to be an independent thinking and motivated artist, an articulate and reflective practitioner equipped to succeed in a competitive profession. Small group and large ensemble practical and workshop sessions are balanced with lectures, tutorials and field-based studies.

Work Placement: In the second semester of Year 3, each student will have a supervised work placement in an appropriate professional environment. The work placement is done as a complete module with 84 hours work contact to be done in a minimum of 8 weeks.

Capstone Module: In the fourth and final year, each student works on an integrated production. As the emphasis throughout the course is on performance, this allows an involvement at a professional level as a theatre practitioner as the culmination of the four years’ work.

Erasmus Study Abroad

In third year, students may avail of the Erasmus Scheme to study abroad in a partner institution.

Further studies

For details, see

Graduates will be able to pursue any Level 9 course for which a drama degree is relevant and recognised – including postgraduate education programmes.

Postgraduate study in education, drama therapy and arts administration are examples of what are possible pathways.

Question Time

What personal skills are most suited to the course and subsequent careers?
A flair for dramatic performance and the ability to respond creatively to a variety of situations.

When I graduate from this Honours Degree, what necessary steps do I need to take to be qualified to teach?
Graduates will be able to seek work as drama teachers in stage schools and various community arts organisations.

Are sample assessment papers available?
Yes. All CAO applicants receive a copy. Further details and an assessment information pack are available from Please click here to download sample text paper.

Can I avail of the Erasmus programme?
Yes, in Year 3, students may avail of the Erasmus Scheme to study abroad in a partner institution.

What elective modules are available?
Where timetables and resources permit, you may have the choice of studying a module of your own choice. This gives you access to a wide range of electives from other disciplines, such as Music, Fine Art, Mathematics or Sciences. The synergy with the Music Degree offers particular opportunities for musical theatre specialists.

Can I defer the results of my Assessment Exam from one year to the next?
No. Candidates are not allowed to defer the results of the Entrance Assessment Exam.

Are there early assessment procedures?
Yes, the Assessment Test is provisionally scheduled to take place at the CIT Cork School of Music from Thursday to Saturday, 11th - 13th April 2019.

Graduate Profile

Emma Willis

Emma graduated with a BA (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies in 2016. During her studies, she appeared in several stage productions including the Irish premiere of The Laramie Cycle and Our Town. She also appeared as Mary Boyle in Juno and the Paycock at the Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork.

In film, Emma starred alongside Brian Gleeson in the Irish neo- Western drama Darkness on the Edge of Town which recently got distribution on America Netflix and iTunes, she later appeared in the Cork feature film The Young Offenders (directed by Peter Foott).

Emma was also cast in an American TV pilot titled Dawn (directed by two time Oscar winner Robert Stromberg and produced by Hulu TV). Emma stars in the RTE 2 TV series called Nowhere Fast and is currently in rehearsals for Room for Two, a new play (directed by Caroline Fitzgerald) that will run in the Dolmen Theatre and the Civic Theatre Dublin.

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

Detailed Module information


Graduates will have the ability to pursue careers in the performing arts, education, arts administration, community arts, film and television media.


Potential Areas of Employment

  • Actor
  • Director/Producer
  • Theatre Designer
  • Theatre Technician
  • Drama Teaching
  • Community Arts
  • Theatre in Education
  • Arts Administration
  • Film and Television


Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

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