Course Title: Arts
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 3/4 years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: BA (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2013/14 the Student Contribution Charge will be €2,500 and the Capitation Fee will be €155.
Entry Requirements: HC3 in two subjects, and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes
Entry Points: 335 in 2012. Points may vary from year to year.
Course Code: CK101
This is a three or four-year full-time honours BA degree programme. A BA is a broad degree, offering a wide variety of subjects to choose from. It will provide you with a solid foundation on which to apply for jobs or postgraduate study in Ireland or abroad. The intellectual, social and management skills, as well as specific subject knowledge gained by an Arts graduate can be applied in a variety of jobs. The quality of a degree is very often more important than the actual subjects selected. About 70% of the employers who contact UCC look for graduates with overall good marks, rather than from a specific discipline.
Students select four subjects in year 1 from the following, selecting no more than one from each group:
- Group 1: Computer Science; History; Portuguese; Asian Studies
- Group 2: Applied Mathematics (Arts) ; European Studies; Folklore; Gaeilge/Irish; Greek and Roman Civilisation; History of Art; Studies in Psychology
- Group 3: Archaeology; Chinese Studies; German; Latin; Mathematics; Mathematical Studies; Politics
- Group 4: French; Sociology
- Group 5: Economics; English; Greek; An Léann Duchais / Béaloideas / Irish Cultural Studies; Religions and Global Diversity
- Group 6: Geography; Italian
- Group 6b: Celtic Civilisation; Philosophy; Spanish
In year 2, you continue with two of the four subjects from year 1. You also have the option of dividing the courses (modules) evenly or taking more courses in one subject and less in the other.
If you select a language and wish to extend your degree to four years, you will spend year 3 studying at a university in the country of your chosen language and select one of the following pathways: Chinese Studies, European Studies or Language and Cultural Studies.
In final year, you continue with your two subjects from year 2 to complete your degree.
Chinese Studies Pathway
Students wishing to take the Chinese Studies Pathway must take the Chinese Studies as one of their 4 first year subjects. In year 2, students continue with Chinese Studies and one other subject from First Year (which may be second language).
European Studies Pathway
Students wishing to take the European Studies pathway must choose four subjects in year 1: European Studies, one or two languages (French, German, Italian or Spanish), and one or two subjects from those listed in the table above.
Language and Cultural Studies Pathway
Students wishing to take the Language and Cultural Studies Pathway take at least one language (French, German, Italian or Spanish) in year 1. In year 2, students take the chosen language and one other subject from year 1. Students spend year 3 studying at a university in the country of the chosen language.
• Leaving Cert entry requirements: HC3 in two subjects, and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
• Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO and must sit the MSAP exam. There are 110 places available on this course for mature students. There are certain subject requirements before a student can select some subjects in first year, e.g. Leaving Cert standard Irish is needed to study Irish.
• International Students should visit the International Education Website.
• FETAC Links Booklet (1,515kB)
Lectures are scheduled Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Each student’s timetable will differ depending on the subjects selected. In First Arts, each subject entails three to four lectures per week plus a one hour tutorial. Language subjects will have additional weekly language laboratories and Archaeology and Geography require students to attend field trips as well. Even though students only take two subjects after year 1, the workload is broadly similar. Each 5-credit module has approximately 24 one-hour lectures plus additional language laboratories for languages. Students take 60 credits worth of modules each year.
Assessment is by essay, in-class test, learning journals, oral and aural examination and end-of-year examination. Each subject will have different combinations of these. Most subjects combine the mark for coursework completed during the year with the mark for the end-of-year examination to get the final overall mark. Some subjects carry a percentage of the mark from year 2 into final year.
Students who opt to spend year 3 abroad will be assessed and examined by their host universities.
This degree will be taught by academic staff members with the assistance of postgraduate doctoral students.