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BA in Theatre and Film Practice

Let your passion for all things theatre and film take centre stage
227 Points

CAO Code


Start Date

September 2024

Course Capacity



3 Years

Work Placement


NFQ Level


Discipline Area

Music, Drama & Performance

Course Type


Study Mode



On Campus

Course Overview


This course is perfect for students who know they want to work in areas of Theatre and Film but have not yet decided on which sector to specialise in. The course offers potential performing arts students the ability to develop all the skills necessary not only in voice, acting and movement, but also in film studies, film production and postproduction resulting in a well-rounded and diversly skilled graduate.

Uniquely, this course will also give students the opportunity to gain core skills in technical theatre practice, including set design and construction, sound and lighting design, costume design and stage management skills. All practical classes are led by lecturers who have professional industry experience.

What makes this course different

Specialise Later

This course is ideally suitable for students who know they want to work in areas of Theatre & Film but have not yet decided on which area to specialise.

Understanding the Industry

The theatre and film practice industry is a vibrant and dynamic field that brings together the worlds of storytelling, performance, and visual arts. It encompasses a diverse range of creative professionals, including actors, directors, playwrights, cinematographers, producers, and designers, who collaborate to bring stories to life on stage and screen.

Career Opportunities

The BA in Theatre & Film Practice aims to produce theatre and film professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to work as performers or producers within the diverse areas of cultural production both in live, recorded and digital theatrical and film/media formats in Ireland and abroad. Our graduates will be equipped with the core competencies to engage in any of the following careers, amongst others: 

  • Film and theatre technicians
  • Set & costume design
  • Sound & Lighting professionals
  • Performance or creative artists
  • Independent Actor
  • Scriptwriting & Playwriting
  • Arts administration
  • Event management & promotion

Course Delivery and Modules

This course is delivered mainly via practical classes with some theatre and film theory being taught through lectures and tutorials.

  • Year 1

    • Creative Collaborative Development
    • Theatre Studies
    • Film Studies
    • Introduction to Audio Visual production for stage
    • Realistic Theatre and Practice
    • Writing for Film & TV
    • Introduction to Audio Visual Post-Production for stage
    • Introduction to Theatre Practice


    Following Introduction to Theatre Practice, all students will engage in an assessment to determine whether they will take the Theatre Practice (Acting) or Technical Theatre streams.

    • Theatre Practice: Intermediate Acting, Principles of Devising
    • Technical Theatre: Sound for Theatre, Stage Management Systems
  • Year 2

    • Avant-Garde Theatre of the 20th Century
    • Writing for Film & TV
    • Multiplatform & Mobile Audio Visual Tools & Techniques
    • Directing for Film & Television
    • Pre-Twentieth Century Theatre

    Theatre Practice:

    • Advanced Acting
    • Acting for Camera
    • Historic Acting Styles
    • Applied Devising

    Technical Theatre:

    • Practical Design for Stage
    • Introduction to Lighting Design
    • Technical Theatre
    • Live Sound
  • Year 3

    • Intermediate Performance
    • Contemporary Theatre and Practice
    • Women in Theatre
    • Radio and Podcast Production Concepts
    • Performance Analysis and Criticism
    • Advanced Performance
    • Professional Practice


    • Theatre Practice: Contemporary Musical Theatre
    • Technical Theatre: AV for Theatre Performance


    • Film Theory
    • Holocaust Film and Popular Culture

Education Progression

On successful completion of this course, students who obtain a GPA of 50 or above as per institute guidelines are eligible to be considered for entry to the BA (Honours) in Drama and Performance. There are also a variety of options external to DkIT and students can be advised of these by their lecturers.

Add On 1 Year On Campus

BA (Hons) in Drama and Performance

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Fees and Funding

Please find information on fees and funding here:

Entry Requirements

In addition to the standard entry requirements below, English Grade 05 or H6. Applicants from NI/UK require a GCSE English Grade C or AS Level Grade D or A Level Grade E. There is no Mathematics entry requirement for this course.

Recent CAO Points

2023 CAO Round 1 Points


How To Apply

Apply on CAO

All standard entry first-year applicants must apply for entry through the CAO. See Important application dates for CAO and information for specific applicant types below:

CAO Code: DK770
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Advanced Entry & Transfer Applications

Advanced Entry is for applicants who have previous educational achievements and/or work experience and want to be considered for direct entry into year  2, 3, or 4 of a course. This includes students looking to transfer to DkIT from another Higher Education provider.

Closing Date: 6th June
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International Application (non-EU)

International Applicants (not from or living in the EU) can apply through an agent or directly to DkIT to study this course.

Ask us a Question

If you have a question about the BA in Theatre and Film Practice please ask it below and we will get back to you.

Laura Bowler

Programme Director


Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).