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This is a three-year, full-time, intensive honours degree designed to train students of exceptional talent with the skills necessary for a career as an actor in professional theatre, TV and Film industries.

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The Young Actors' Programme runs for two weeks during Easter and the Summer. It is targeted at 16-21 yr olds and it provides an insight into what it would be like to study full time at The Lir.

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Not a CAO Course. Free fees apply.

The application process opens in November each year and closes in February the following year. Everyone who applies for a place on this course will get an audition.  Successful candidates will have at least one if not two further auditions.

The Lir Academy provides one day audition workshops (to assist with monologue selection) and four day audition masterclasses (to practice and perfect monologue delivery)to help students prepare. Booking these courses early is advisable.

Entry Requirements:

All courses require that the applicant meets the matriculation set out by Trinity College Dublin, i.e

To be offered a place in Trinity you must:

  • Present six subjects, three of which must be at grade C or above on higher Leaving Certificate papers or at least grade C in the University Matriculation examination

The six subjects above must include:

  • A pass in English
  • A pass in mathematics and a pass in a language other than English


  • a pass in Latin and a pass in a subject other than a language

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D-201 - Acting
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D-201 - Acting
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This course does not appear to accept applicants with Further Education and Training (FET) awards. Please check with the college directly - sometimes this data is not published openly, or special arrangements may be available.

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Actor in theatre, TV or film

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