Foundation Diploma in Acting and Theatre
The Lir Academy’s Foundation Course in Acting and Theatre is a full-time course from September - April.
Course InformationCourse Begins: 27/09/21
Duration: 1 year
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The foundation course is aimed primarily at school leavers who are interested in preparing themselves for three-year actor training at conservatoire level, either at The Lir or a similar academy. With an additional focus on broadening students’ reading and understanding of plays and theatre history, it also prepares students for broader drama degrees and related areas of study and work. The course is taught by a committed team of teachers, including many of The Lir’s core acting tutors and teachers from our Master of Fine Art programmes.The personal development of the foundation course students is enhanced by regular individual tutorials with The Foundation Course Director, a dedicated member of staff who supervises all aspects of the programme.
The course also encourages students to develop their own individual creativity with a focus on collaboration, improvisation and lateral thinking.
This course is an NFQ Level 7 Diploma (60 credits)
The Foundation Diploma in Acting and Theatre at The Lir Academy 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. Matriculation requirements can be found here
Application Procedure click to
Students are free to apply for both the Bachelor in Acting (Hons) Degree (three year full-time) and the Foundation Course in Acting (one year full-time). Only one application form and one registration fee is necessary. Students who apply for both courses will initially audition for the Bachelor in Acting (Hons) Degree and subsequently for the Foundation Course.
This process starts off in the same way as the Bachelor in Acting degree recruitment process. After the initial audition successful students will be advised whether they will progress towards the Bachelor in Acting degree or the Foundation Course.
Students who are successful after the final round of auditions will then be asked to formally apply to Trinity College for admission to the course. Successful students will not only be students of The Lir Academy, but also students of Trinity College.
There is an intake of 16 students each year. All eligible candidates who apply before the closing date will receive an audition.
1st Round Audition - Due to COVID-19 restrictions the first round of auditions will be held onlinethroughout November, December, January, and February.
To participate in the first round live online audition you will need:
- a reliable internet connection
- a device with a functioning camera and a microphone (PC/smartphone/laptop/iPad)
- a space/room where you could work independently without major interruption for at least 15 minutes
2nd Round Audition - Half Day Workshop, 2021 dates to be confirmed.
Final Round Audition - Full Day Workshop, 2021 dates to be confirmed.
Full details on the Audition Procedure can be found here
Choosing Your Monologue
A guide to choosing the right monologue can be found here e
Equality and Diversity
Candidates should feel free to disclose impairment at any time during the audition process if they have not done so on their application form. Disabled applicants who demonstrate talent and potential will be put forward to each stage of the audition process by the panel members who will not concern themselves with the implications the disability may have on subsequent training.The panel will be informed of any disclosed disability on a candidate’s application form unless the candidate has asked for the disability to be kept confidential.
Further information on audition requirements, assessment and process is available here.
Course Overview click to
The programme runs for 24 weeks, over Michaelmas and Hilary Term. It is devised into three eight week modules each of which culminates with an intensive week of rehearsals and project based work.
- Classes run Monday to Friday with 6 hours contact time per day
- Classes are led by The Lir’s regular teaching staff
- Core classes in Movement, Voice and Acting
- Individual Tutorials with dedicated Foundation Course Coordinator
- Project based work, focussing on classical and contemporary theatre, culminating in week-long intensive rehearsal periods
- Improvisation & 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 & Film careers
Entry Requirements click to
- 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. Further information on the matriculation requirements can be found by clicking here
Please note, acceptance onto the course is at the discretion of The Lir Academy. If The Lir feels for whatever reason that a participant is not suitable for the course, he/she will not be accepted. All decisions are final and not subject to appeal.
Fees and Funding click to
As this is only a one year course, it does not attract government funding. All students offered places on the foundation course are required to fund both the annual fee and all living costs privately.
As this course will be placed on the National Framework, it will be open to EU and Non EU students. Non EU students will be eligible to get a student visa to undertake this course in Ireland.
€9,332 plus€193.75 annually sports levy, USI €8 & €75 for commencement
Annual Review of Tuition fees and other charges by Trinity College Dublin
Please note, tuition fees and other charges are subject to annual review by Trinity College Dublin which may result in a fee increase each year. All students (Undergraduate and Postgraduate, EU & Non EU) on courses/programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees and other charges (Commencement/graduation fee, Sports Centre Charge and USI levy) may be subject to increase annually. The annual revision is approved by Trinity’s Committee and College Board and typically increase by approximately 3% per annum or more in any given year
Foundation Diploma in Acting and Theatre Course Handbook 2019 - 20 click to
Download the course handbook here