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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Inchicore College of Further Education

Inchicore College of Further Education

Theatre Studies - Performance / Advanced Performance


Course Code(s):  5M5163
QQI Award Code:  5M5163 Theatre Performance
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
The two year full time course is designed to provide professional training to students interested in a career in theatre, film and television.

Students who have reached the required standard on the two year course, or who have equivalent accreditation, may apply for the one year Advanced Performance Course where they can achieve a full Level 6 QQI and Trinity College London ATCLS in both Speech and Drama and Musical Theatre.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Acting
Voice
Classic and Contemporary Theatre
Singing
Dance
Classical and Musical Theatre
Movement
Mime
Improvisation, including Theatre Sports
Text Analysis
Mask
Commedia dellArte
Stage Combat
Theatre History
Music
Acting for Camera
Scriptwriting for film and television
Stage Management
Design
Costume and production design for the stage
Directing

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Entertainment & Performing Arts
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Progression Routes

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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