diploma in acting and drama

Last Updated on January 17, 2023

What is the Foundation Diploma in Acting and Theatre?

The Foundation Course is a two-year programme, which offers you the opportunity to build a solid foundation in practice and understanding of the main disciplines that come together to form professional theatre and performance. If you’re unsure what direction you want to take your career in, or if you want to find out more about theatre practice before applying to our undergraduate programmes, this is the ideal place to start. The course is made up from a series of modules, each focusing on an area of work such as production, performance or play-writing. These are complemented with an extensive study of plays, playwrights and theatre history.

The course also encourages students to develop their own individual creativity with a focus on collaboration, improvisation and lateral thinking.

Foundation Diploma in Acting and Theatre: The course for you?

This course runs for 24 weeks and culminates in an intensive week of rehearsal and project based work. Classes will take place from Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day and will cover the core subjects of acting, voice and movement as well as physical theatre, dance, text analysis, choral singing, acting for screen, theatre history, audition technique classes and professional development with a focus on career progression. Assessment is based on a series of practical class presentations in all modules.

The course is specifically designed to prepare students for drama/acting degrees and related areas of study and work within the theatre, TV and film industries. All the training is provided by dedicated theatre professionals with strong industry links.

Do you enjoy…

Devising theatre and film scripts in a creative collaborative environment?

Performing and studying Shakespearean and contemporary plays?

Developing your acting, vocal and movement technique for performance?

Graduate skills and career opportunities

The Foundation Diploma provides the students with a basis in the fundamentals of Acting, Voice and Movement technique. Students study the main genres of dramatic writing as well as performing these works and developing their own. This training provides the foundation for their future study as actors at Drama Conservatoires as well as for studying academically at B.A. level.

Your course and what you’ll study

This course runs for 24 weeks and culminates in an intensive week of rehearsal and project based work. Classes run Monday to Friday with six hours contact time per day. Classes are led by The Lir Academy’s regular teaching staff.

Core classes in Movement, Voice and Acting

Individual Tutorials with dedicated Foundation Course Coordinator

Project based work, focusing on classical and contemporary theatre, culminating in week-long intensive rehearsal periods

Improvisation and Physical Theatre 

Text Analysis and Sight Reading

Choral Singing

Acting for Screen

Solo Shakespeare and Shakespeare Scenes

Theatre History

Audition Technique classes

Professional Development and career progression classes, with a focus on professional acting and non-acting based theatre, TV and film careers.

Admission Requirements

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This is a restricted entry course. Applications must be submitted by the beginning of February 2022. This course is taught by The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity. It is not part of the CAO application system. Application forms can be completed online on The Lir Academy website: www.thelir.ie Only one application is needed for the Bachelor in Acting degree and the Foundation Diploma in Acting and Theatre if students are applying for both courses.

Entry is by Audition. Students will prepare a classical and a contemporary monologue for the first audition. Each monologue should be no more than three minutes long. Successful applicants at first audition will be required to attend one more round of auditions at which voice, movement and group skills will be assessed. Auditions will be held between November 2021 and March 2022.

Course Fees

Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.


To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

EU Applicants

Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

Get in Touch

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Katie Killarney

“The Foundation Course at The Lir Academy, Trinity, really is a Foundation for life. The scope of the training introduced me to acting techniques and disciplines I had never encountered before, alongside encouraging me to continually grow and take risks as a performer. The distinctly welcoming and supportive environment of The Lir, cultivated by its family of exceptional tutors and like-minded, creatively driven students, makes whatever challenge the course presents ever-more achievable.”


Oliver Flitcroft

“The Lir Academy represents the best acting training in Ireland. I received offers from other schools but turned them down for a chance to be part of The Lir Academy and Trinity.”

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