At The Lir Academy we believe that students learn best by doing. This three-year, full-time, intensive honours degree will provide each student with all the training necessary to become a professional actor through a series of skills based courses. Acting technique, voice, movement, and singing form the core subjects taught and practiced whilst classes in Dramaturgy and Text Analysis complement this learning.
Best Bachelors in Visual Arts in Ireland 2017. At The Lir Academy we believe that students learn best by doing. This three-year, full-time, intensive honours degree will provide each student with all the training necessary to become a professional actor through a series of skills based courses. Acting technique, voice, movement, and singing form the core subjects taught and practiced whilst classes in Dramaturgy and Text Analysis complement this learning.
In order to emulate best practice of our associate drama school (RADA) the course is taught over nine semesters (three per annum) and over three years. Given the practical nature of the course, and the principal objective of training the actor’s body as an instrument as well as the creative imagination, the intensity of the training for actors means that a student can expect to be in class for approximately 35 hours per week and 36 weeks per annum. Additional commitment during production modules will also be required.
Students must demonstrate deep physical, mental and emotional strengths in order become an actor.
All modules in the first two years of the course are examined by continuous assessment. All modules in the final year of the course are examined both by continuous assessment and by final public performance.
Mode of delivery
All modules will taught through practical workshops, seminars and rehearsals.
As this is a professional training course for a very defined profession all modules are compulsory. However, within each module there are ample opportunities for individual personal development with individual tuition provided.
A minimum number of 12 and a maximum number of 16 students will be admitted each year.
The Bachelor in Acting at The Lir is not part of the CAO point’s race. Students are expected to have achieved the minimum matriculation requirements for Trinity College Dublin courses, however, exceptions may be made based on the demonstration of exceptional natural talent at auditions. Further information on the matriculation requirements can be found by clicking here.
TO APPLY FOR THE BACHELOR IN ACTING OR THE FOUNDATION DIPLOMA IN ACTING AND THEATRE, YOU WILL FIRST NEED TO CHOOSE AN AUDITION DATE, PAY THE ADMIN FEE AND THEN COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM.
PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL BE ASKED TO UPLOAD A RECENT PHOTOGRAPH SO PLEASE HAVE IT READY BEFORE STARTING THE APPLICATION PROCESS. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM IN THE FIRST ATTEMPT AND LOG OUT OF YOUR COMPUTER, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO IT - YOU WILL HAVE TO START AGAIN
In the first year of the course students will take three compulsory modules as follows:
Acting and Text 1
Voice Studies 1
Movement Studies 1
In the second year of the course students will take four compulsory modules as follows:
Acting and Text 2
Voice Studies 2
Movement Studies 2
In the third year of the course students will take 8 compulsory modules to include 5 public theatre productions and one short film led by professional directors and designers. Professional development classes and an audition showcase will make up the remaining two modules. These are not assessed but are aimed to bridge the gap between the training of The Lir Academy and the world professional theatre, film, radio and television drama.
In their third year, students will be cast in a range of plays (from the classical and modern repertoires) directed by professional directors, including the Artistic Director. Classes will be in the form of rehearsals for a minimum of 30 hours per week and replicate the working environment of a professional theatre. Support in terms of individual tuition on a diagnostic basis in voice and movement will be provided. Students will rehearse for four weeks, followed by a get-in period of technical and dress rehearsals, and between 7-9 public performances to which directors, agents and the general public are invited to attend. Individual feedback from the Director and the Head of Acting, Voice and Movement, or their appointees will follow in the sixth week of each term. Students will perform in 6 productions over the course of their final year (2 per semester). One of these productions will be a short film shot both on set and location that will receive a public showcase.
Core Skills and Career Preparation
Throughout the final year, classes will take place that will enable students to continue to practice the core skills of voice and movement to help sustain them through the rigours and demands of the production modules. Further classes to enable students to prepare for a professional working life (including the preparation of show reels, CVs, auditions etc.) will be included. Classes will expand on the Acting & Text modules of Year Two relating to professional practice (such as Acting for Screen & Microphone).
Towards the end of the academic year students will prepare and rehearse with a professional director a showcase of scenes from a range of dramatic texts and/or songs for public presentation before an audience of agents, artistic directors, casting directors, and producers.
Candidates must have complete fluency in the English language
The minimum age for admission is 17
Students are expected to have achieved the minimum matriculation requirements for Trinity College Dublin courses, however, exceptions may be made based on the demonstration of exceptional natural talent at auditions.
Tuition fees for EU students who have not previously studied at degree level are paid by the Irish Exchequer. The student pays a Student Contribution fee; €3,000, a Sports Centre Levy; €120 and a USI levy; €8 (2016/17) per year.
If a student is awarded a Local Authority grant, the Student Services Fee will be paid by Local Authority. The Sports Centre and USI Levy must be paid by ALL students.