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CR 130

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 130
  • Field of StudyMusic,Drama
  • Type of CourseHonours Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing DateCIT CSM recommends that Special Category Applicants apply by 1st February, however, applications will be accepted up to 1st May.
  • Duration4 Years (8 Semesters)
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT Cork School of Music
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 545
  • CAO Cut offEntry 2019 Round 2: 500

CR130 Course Location: CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork (Directions).





This four-year programme leads to the award of a Bachlor of Arts (Honours) in Musical Theatre.


Musical Theatre is the theatrical genre where song and music is an integral part of the content, along with drama and, usually, dance. Performers are skilled at all three and must possess a quantum of individual talent.


This is an intensively hands-on course, aimed at talented students who already have a basic level of skill in the three ‘triple-threat’ areas: singing, dancing and acting. The course combines personal skills training with group and teamwork, expressed through annual public performances in professional theatres. As well as working with highly qualified core staff, the students will meet professionals from all musical theatre fields, following up-to-the-minute trends and making contacts and networks for life.


Complementary electives such as, lighting design, sound design, scriptwriting, music technology, drama and music therapy can lead to alternative career pathways and a portfolio career.


  • Capstone Module – In additional to the final year musical production, each student can elect to do a solo performance module for double credit, expressing a particular talent and level of skill in a core subject.

  • Work Placement – In third year, each student spends 100 hours working in an appropriate theatrical environment to get a taste of the specific work context they will be entering.


Question Time

Are there any other special requirements?
Yes, there are Early Application Procedures. This is a Restricted Access Course and all applicants must sit the CSM’s Honours Musical Theatre Course Assessment Test. The provisional date for the Assessment Test is  23rd - 25th April, 2020.


When I graduate from this Degree, what necessary steps do I need to take to be qualified to teach?
This degree is not aimed at teacher training but may provide a gateway to postgraduate teacher training qualifications


Can I avail of the Erasmus programme?

What elective modules are available?
Music Technology, Design, Directing, Scriptwriting, Acting in the Media, Dramatherapy, and more! Please click on the Modules tab above for detailed information about all the modules.

Do I need to be able to read music?
It would be helpful but is not essential.

Is there a late application facility?
CIT CSM recommends that Special Category Applicants apply by 1st February, however applications will be accepted up to 1st May.

Are sample assessment papers available?
The assessments are all practical, no written work is required.


Can I defer the results of my Assessment Test from one year to the next?
No. Candidates are not allowed to defer the results of the Assessment Test.

For admission to this programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points
  • meet the minimum entry requirements
  • Assessment Test
  • Garda Vetting


Minimum Entry Requirements


Leaving Certificate
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects.
One of the subjects must be English or Irish. There is no specific Mathematics requirement. Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects for entry.

Note 1: This is a Restricted Access Course and all applicants must attend an Assessment Test which will take place on the 23rd - 25th April 2020.


Each candidate who sits an Assessment Test is awarded up to a maximum of 600 points that are added to the Leaving Certificate points for the purpose of determining entry. Each standard candidate must achieve the minimum threshold of 276 points in the Assessment Test and must also meet the minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement in order to be eligible for admission.


Note 2: Vetting is conducted by the National Vetting Bureau (formerly known as the Garda Central Vetting Unit).  The National Vetting Bureau (NVB) helps to assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.


Places on the course are allocated according to rank achieved as a result of the assessment procedure.

The assessment comprises: a one-hour workshop involving dance and drama improvisation - no specific preparation required for either; and an individual audition where you will sing two contrasting musical theatre songs, perform a dramatic monologue of your own choice from a published work, and undergo a brief interview.


For information of Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here


Graduates will have the ability to pursue careers in the performing arts as Musical Theatre Performer Producer, Designer, and Choreographer, and Arts Administrator.


Potential Areas of Employment

  • Musical Theatre Performer
  • Stage Dancer
  • Singer
  • Writer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Choreographer

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments, and exams.


For detailed module information on the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Musical Theatre, please click on the button below.

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