About Us

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama was founded in 1890 as the Dublin Municipal School of Music, with around 50 students.  We have grown from being a municipal institution to one that is truly national and international.  Now, we provide the highest quality education across the broadest range of performing arts disciplines in Ireland, to more than 1200 students.  

What is a Conservatoire?

Studying at a conservatoire is very different from studying at school or university.  We offer highly specialized learning in the performing arts.  We have an emphasis on practice (performance) and one-to-one teaching and learning.  Our students are selected on the basis of commitment, dedication and potential talent, to ensure they can make the most of our intensive learning environment.  We pay close attention to nurturing our students' talents.      

We are small – much smaller than a university, although we form an integral part of Dublin Institute of Technology.  So we have the best of both worlds:  we get to know our students very well, very quickly; and we have all the support mechanisms that you would expect of a major higher education institution.  Crucially, you and your future is our passion – we want to see you succeed!

Our vision

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama embodies international standards of excellence in the performing arts, while shaping and enriching Ireland’s culture, society and economy 

Our aims

We will work towards our vision by demonstrating progress against the following specific outcomes:

1. Conservatory graduates have the skills and confidence to sustain careers of artistic and personal fulfillment
2. Conservatory students and staff are engaged in high quality practice and research in an environment of artistic and professional integrity
3. The Conservatory promotes itself and Ireland’s culture and creativity locally, nationally and internationally
4. Working with partners, the Conservatory widens access to the performing arts in Ireland
5. The Conservatory plans and delivers its activities in a way that is financially sustainable
6. There is evidence of the impact and value of the Conservatory's work