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BA in Theatre & Film Practice

BA in Theatre & Film Practice
Course Type
CAO Undergraduate
Ordinary Bachelor Degree
Course Category
Creative Media
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Programme Code
CAO Codes
Duration Type
Full time
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This programme replaces the current 3-year Level 7 BA in Performing Arts with a redeveloped 3-year Level 7 degree programme entitled BA in Theatre & Film Practice. 

It broadens the focus of the theatre content of the former degree (beyond that of acting) and builds on the existing strong links developed between the BA in Performing Arts and the BA (Hons) in Film & Television Production, due to the ongoing successful collaboration between these two programmes over the years.

Thus, this programme will provide a solid grounding in the practical application of both theatre and film production skills, a mix of which are currently unavailable to prospective students on the island of Ireland at this level, along with key acting skills and a theoretical foundation.

The new BA in Theatre and Film Practice will diversify the skills of potential performing arts students by allowing them to develop not only skills in voice, acting and movement, but also in film studies and film production & post-production.

Uniquely, this programme will also allow 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. They will also practice promotion, administration and management skills in their third year projects.


Stage 1, Semester 1:

  • Creative Collaborative Development
  • Theatre Studies
  • Film Studies (year-long)
  • Introduction to Digital Audio/Visual Techniques (year-long)
  • Introduction to Theatre Practice*

*following this module, all students will engage in assessment to determine whether they will take the Theatre Practice (Acting) or Technical Theatre stream in Stage 1, Semester 2 & also throughout Stage 2. N.B. Electives and Streams will run subject to resources.

Stage 1, Semester 2:

  • Storytelling, Creativity and Innovation
  • Realistic Theatre and Practice
  • Intermediate Theatre Practice (Acting) OR Introduction to Technical Theatre

Stage 2, Semester 3:

  • Writing for Film & TV 1
  • Intermediate Audio/Visual Production (year-long)
  • Non –Realistic Theatre and Practice
  • Creative Design (taken by students on Technical Theatre stream)
  • Advanced Theatre Practice (Acting) (year-long - taken by students on Theatre Practice (Acting) stream)
  • European Cinema OR Legal & Ethical Issues in Creative Media (all students choose one of these electives)

Stage 2, Semester 4:

  • Directing for Film & Television 1
  • Pre-Twentieth Century Theatre and Practice
  • World Cinema OR Music in Film (all students choose one of these electives)
  • Advanced Technical Theatre (taken by students on Technical Theatre stream - follows Creative Design module in Semester 3)

Students may undertake a one-semester placement under the Erasmus Programme to our current approved partners for one semester during stage two of their studies, including the University of Hildesheim, Germany UEM (Madrid, Spain), amongst others.

Stage 3, Semester 5:

  • Writing for Film & TV 2
  • Advanced Audio/Visual Production (year-long)
  • Performance Studies Theory and Practice (year-long)
  • Intermediate Performance
  • Contemporary Theatre and Practice

Stage 3, Semester 6:

  • Performance Analysis and Criticism
  • Advanced Performance
  • Film Theory OR Radio Production (all students choose one of these electives)

Throughout their studies, students also have the option of completeing an additional 5ECTS Service Learning - Creative Media module, aimed to encourage students to participate in activities that will enhance their personal and professional development. This could include volunteering activities with a voluntary/charitable body or work experience with a Creative Media company and/or lecturer working on an Industry project that are taken on above and beyond the student's timetabled class hours.



DKIT's requirements for entry into this course are six grades at O6 or H7 in the Leaving Certificate including at least one Grade H5 or an overall points total of 200 and Mathematics grade F2, O6 or H7 and English grade O5 or H6.

a level of qualification equivalent to the above (see RPL section below). 

Additionally applicants will be required to achieve a grade of C3 in Ordinary level English or a D3 in higher level English. 

Admissions to programmes in the Section of Creative Media that wish to recognise prior learning are referred to the Institute's RPL policy & procedures while taking into consideration discipline specific criteria, appropriate to this programme.

RPL is a process that allows students to gain admission to a programme of study or to gain exemptions/credit from some parts of a programme, based on demonstrated learning achieved prior to admission. Learning can be gained formally from previously certified coursework. It can be gained informally or non-formally through the workplace, through involvement with community groups or through voluntary activities.

Follow On Programmes: 

Progression Opportunities: 

On successful completion of this programme, students who obtain a GPA of 50 or above as per institute guidelines are eligible to be considered for entry to a number of add-on Level 8 programmes within the Section of Creative Media:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communications in Creative Multimedia
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Video & Film Production

These programmes would be particularly suited to students who wish to develop a Film/Media specialism following their Level 7 degree. 

For those students who would prefer to focus on theatre and drama there are currently options external to DKIT - students will be advised on same by their lecturers. 

Career Options: 

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:

  • Entry level in film and theatre as technicians;
  • Self starting entrepreneurial performance or creative artist;
  • Independent actor or creative artist who can work across multiple platforms – film/TV/On-line/installation/Site-specific;
  • Script-Writing;
  • Playwriting;
  • Radio or voice-over performance;
  • Arts Administration;
  • Facilitator;
  • Speech and drama teaching;
  • Community artist;
  • Events/festival management;

Graduates from the previous programmes (BA in Video & Film Production and BA in Performing Arts) thus far have gone on to work in the Film & Theatre industry in Ireland and abroad, in a range of roles such as:

Production Manager, Big Mountain Productions;
Head of Audio Visual, One Productions;
Editor, Vision Independent Productions;
Online Video Producer, Click Media;
Co-founder, Election Training Ireland;
Camera Operator, aerialfilming.ie;
Transmission Controller, Setanta Sports;
Editor, Tailored Films;
Actor with Anu Productions on award winning productions in Dublin and Manchester;
Actor - Iarnród Éireann television ad;
Actor touring Germany with Wilde Shamrock Theatre Co.;
Writer & performer - Sex Drugs and Tinned Ravioli for Saucy Merchant Productions at the Theatre Upstairs, Dublin;
Actor currently touring with the Emerald Isle Theatre Company (EITC) in Belgium;
Stage Manager, Wardrobe Mistress;
Drama School Teacher;
Performer in The Anubis Gates at Loncon 2014 in the ExCel in London Docklands.

Access to industry professionals is a core feature of all of the programmes within the Section of Creative Media since its inception & the Section continually invites Industry Professionals to deliver masterclasses and guest lectures within the Section. 

Some of these masterclasses are tailored towards a specific class grouping or module while others are open to all students in the Section to attend.  Industry professionals also contribute in more direct ways to modules taken by students within the Section.

Industry Professionals who have delivered lectures, workshops and masterclasses include:

Stephen Murphy - Steadicam Operator 
Anna Rodgers - Documentary Director/Researcher
David Rane - Film Producer (Soilsiú Films/Guth Gafa Documentary Film Festival) 
Neasa Ní Chianáin - Documentary Director (Soilsiú Films/Guth Gafa Documentary Film Festival) 
Ray Roantree - Editor, Screenscene 
Rory Gavin - Online Editor, Piranha Bar 
Mairtin deBarra – Director/Production Manager (& ex-Louth, Newry & Mourne Film Commission) 
Suzanne McKenzie - Post-Production Supervisor, Screenscene 
Alan Fitzpatrick - Managing Director, Filmbase
Alan Maher - Production Executive, Irish Film Board 
Paula Mulroe - Development Executive, Irish Film Board 
Sarah Dillon - Production & Development Co-Ordinator, Irish Film Board 
Liz Gill - Film Director & Editor 
Kieron Walsh - Director 
Brian Furey - Commissioning Editor, Broadcasting Commission of Ireland 
Matt Skinner - Cinematographer 
Stephen Stewart - Green Inc Productions 
Philip McGovern - Big Mountain Productions 
Jane Kelly - Big Mountain Productions 
Hilary Fennell - TV Producer/Director 
Stephanie Comey - Scheme Director, Broadcasting Commission of Ireland 
Siobhan O'Donoghue - Media Desk Ireland 
Kate Bowe - Kate Bowe PR 
Alan Brennan - Director 
Denise Fogarty - Production Manager & recent graduate 
Donal Dineen - TV/radio presenter & filmmaker
Nicky Gogan - Producer/Director (Still Films) 
Marc-Ivan O'Gorman, Director 
Ronan O Coisdealbha - TG4 Sports Editor
James Finlan - Editor
John Murphy – Editor
Desmond Bell (Documentary Filmmaker)
Frank Agnew (TV Producer)
Harvey O’Brien (Author & Film Theorist)
Nelly Ben Hayoun – Experience Designer, Director International Space Orchestra
John Callaghan – Creative Technologist
Cathal Gaffney – CEO Brown Bag films
Ciara Leyden – Senior Designer BFK
Stefan Randelshofer - Audio Artist for Electronic Arts
Dr Elyssebeth Leigh - Educational consultant on games
Hamlet Sweeney – Project Manager Setanta Screens(Large Scale Urban Projection Mapping)
Conor Horgan – Director “One Hundred Mornings”
Conor Mac Garrigle – Digital Artist
Stephen O’Leary – O’Leary Analytics
Gerry Stembridge – Author/ Director/ Broadcaster
Mark Swaine – Squire Communications
Emma Wade - Visual Artist
Sinead Woods – Owner Baboom Animation
Alan Lambert - Director “The End Of The Earth Is My Home”

Work created by students from the Section has been screened and exhibited at festivals both in Ireland and abroad, including the:

Celtic Media Festival;
Galway Film Fleadh;
Belfast Film Festival;
Fastnet Short Film Festival;
Cinemagic Film Festival;
Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival;
International Sci-Fi festival (Arizona, USA);
Kerry Film Festival;
Clones Film Festival;
Darklight Digital Festival;
Maribor Film Festival (Slovenia);
Waterford Film Festival;
Newry Film Festival;\
Fingal Film Festival;
Best in Show;
LIT Film Festival;
National Student Film Festival;
National Student Media Awards (Smedias);
Underground Film Festival.


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