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Short Course - Foreword

Adult Continuing Education, University College Cork, is pleased to present a newly augmented range of short courses for the Spring Semester 2019. Since 2005, Adult Continuing Education (ACE) has been offering an extensive programme of short courses. The number of courses on offer has increased steadily since this time, as has the number of participants that are attracted to our programmes. We are now one of the leading providers of short courses in an Irish university context. The short course programme is an integral part of ACE’s identity and our reputation for offering high quality, relevant and topic-diverse courses has gained in the public awareness. The success of our programme can in part rest with the fact that each year we strive to add new course subjects to our existing portfolio. This brings a sense of vibrancy and freshness to our programme and encourages, amongst potential participants, a sense of anticipation for what the new academic year might bring. Our selection is guided by the intention to appeal to a broad range of interests, concerns, and needs. To satisfy such a range, our courses cover a diverse range of topics from Mindful Parenting to Permaculture; Art Therapy to Cyber Psychology, and Wine Studies to Jane Austen. We hope that from the courses on offer, you will find one, if not more, that either serve to strengthen your knowledge in an area of existing interest or perhaps introduce you to a new area of learning or perhaps facilitate your professional development.

Furthermore, these courses showcase the work and interests of the University in a public forum. We would like to thank and acknowledge our many internal and external partners whose participation brings success and energy to our courses.

We are by nature curious for the new, be it new information, new opinions or new viewpoints. We trust that participation in a course of study will enable you to think in new ways. More importantly, we wish that your choice of course brings you enjoyment and intellectual reward in an informal and sociable setting.

While our courses are non-assessed, we see them as a means of engaging you in the rewards of lifelong learning; your participation may be the first step towards committing yourself to a more dedicated programme of education and self-discovery in the future. Our short courses are not only accessible but they are also a very enjoyable and sociable way to touch with learning. And, I’m happy to say that many students who come to UCC through a short course continue to longer accredited and degree courses. We aim to open to the door and welcome people in and once they take that step inside, we work to build confidence and to foster among our students a love of learning for both personal and professional development.

We wish you very success and enjoyment on our programmes. 

New developments and courses for this semester include:

This spring we are collaborating with the Nano Nagle Centre, Nano Nagle Place to bring you an innovative new programme, A Compendium of Cork History, Art and Culture. This course is a mix of lectures, fieldtrips and site tours with a stellar line-up of Cork historians presenting their special areas of research interests.  We also have a wide range of new course offerings, including: 

  • A Compendium of Cork History, Art and Culture  
  • Art and Environment  
  • Permaculture: Design for Sustainable and Healthy Living
  • Ravenna in Context
  • Renaissance Florence and Rome; Art, Patronage, Culture
  • The Challenge of Climate Change to Global Politics
  • The Science of Gardening: The Ornamental Garden  
  • The World of the Brontës and Their Novels
  • Vincent van Gogh: His Life and Legacy

Please note:

We regret to say that we longer issue a paper short course brochure. With changing times, we have found that people are now visiting our website with greater frequency and since September 2017, we have moved the brochure to the online site only. Our website for short courses is Please visit our site to view the programme and here you will also find a facility to register online.


Short Course A-Z

Adult Continuing Education

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