About This Course
EU/EEA/Swiss State Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,138. See Fees and Costs for full details.
2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; O6/H7 in another language. See Requirements for full details.
CAO Points Range
Our BA degree programme at University College Cork is the gateway to the immense and exciting possibilities of education. We offer a wide variety of subjects across diverse fields – this allows you the flexibility and opportunity to choose your career pathway or postgraduate route.
This programme gives you the space to explore your options. Ultimately you will not only excel in specific subject knowledge you will develop those intellectual, social and management skills essential for today’s working environment.
Our Arts CK101 programme is a full-time three-year honours programme, based at the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences (CACSSS). If you wish to spend a year abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe and beyond, you can apply to our four-year Arts (International) CK108 programme which is open to language and non-language students.
In Arts CK101 you choose four subjects in Year 1 before specialising in two subjects in Year 2 for the duration of your degree. The Arts programme at UCC offers:
- 30+ subject choices (see below);
- a unique Arts Professional Work Experience (PX3001) module;
- & the opportunity to change your mind on any subject choices in the initial weeks of your first year.
Year 1 Modules
You will select four subjects from the following Subject Group Table, selecting no more than one from each group.
|Group 1||Asian Studies; Computer Science; History; Portuguese|
|Group 2(a)*||History of Art|
|Group 2(b)*||Applied Mathematics (Arts); European Studies; Folklore; Gaeilge/Irish; Greek & Roman Civilisation|
|Group 3||Archaeology; Chinese Studies; German; Latin; Mathematical Studies; Mathematics; Politics|
|Group 4||French; Sociology; Studies in Music|
|Group 5||Béaloideas; Economics; English; Greek; Religions & Global Diversity|
|Group 6(a)**||Geography; Italian|
|Group 6(b)**||Celtic Civilisation; Philosophy; Spanish|
*Groups 2(a) and 2(b): Students can combine Group 2(b) History of Art with any subject from Group 2(a) in Year 1 only. Students can only study one subject from Groups 2(a) and 2(b) in Years 2 & 3.
**Groups 6(a) and 6(b): Students may not combine Italian with Celtic Civilisation or Philosophy in Year 2. Students may not combine Geography with Celtic Civilisation, Philosophy or Spanish in Year 2.
Please note: there are a number of first-year subjects in CK101 that are only available as minor subjects after the first year:
- European Studies: European Studies is only available through Arts (International) CK108 after first year. Students who wish to keep on European Studies in second and subsequent years must apply to transfer to CK108 Arts International at the end of first year in CK101. Please contact the College Office for application.
- Music: Students who are interested in studying Music with another Arts subject, should apply to CK104 Arts - Music. Studies in Music through Arts CK101 is only available as a minor subject after first year and you will not be eligible to apply to transfer into the second year of CK104 from CK101 Arts.
Please check Points to Note in the University Calendar (CK101) for a full list of subject entry requirements and subject-specific information.
Expected lecture hours: Normally 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. Even though you will take only two subjects after Year 1, the workload is broadly similar. Each 5-credit module has about 24 one-hour lectures. Students take 60 credits worth of modules each year.
Expected lab/practical hours: Language subjects will have additional weekly language laboratories.
Why Choose This Course
We encourage innovative teaching and learning practices at UCC. This learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff are at the forefront of this integrative approach to learning and will support you in making meaningful connections within and between disciplines across the Arts programme.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science (CACSSS) offers an optional Professional Work Experience module (PX3001). This is an accredited professional work experience module that allows CACSSS students to explore and develop their career interests.
Skills and Careers Information
As an Arts graduate, you will make significant contributions to our society, culture, and economy. The cultural and intellectual enrichment derived from the process of your learning will extend to your contributions, significant and subtle, to your future work environment, community and culture.
Aside from your subject knowledge and expertise, employers across a range of professions increasingly seek out individuals with a range of intellectual attributes such as the ability to:
- think critically and independently
- be creative and innovative
- problem solve
- contribute to cultural, economic, and social challenges
- conduct research
- communicate with a high level of intellectual fluency
Our graduates have pursued careers in a wide range of areas including:
- Arts Management
- Information Sciences
- Marketing and Management
- Public Affairs
UCC Employability Guide
Our UCC Employment and Employability Guide notes that University College Cork (UCC) graduates are highly sought-after by employers: 93% of our graduates are in employment or further studies within nine months of graduating.
Due to the extensive range of subject choices on offer, you will have vast opportunities for Postgraduate Study in UCC, Ireland, and Internationally. In UCC our graduates have gone on to postgraduate study in such areas as:
- MA Criminology
- MA Digital Arts and Humanities
- MSc Economics/Business
- PME Education
- MA Film & Screen Media
- MSc Computing Science
- MSc Management & Marketing
- MA Global Gallery Studies
- Ma Translation Studies
Leaving Certificate entry requirements:
At least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:
Additional requirements: There are further subject-specific requirements for subjects on offer through the BA. You can find out details on language-specific entry requirements in the points-to-note section in the Arts and Arts (International) pages of the UCC calendar.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.
To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page.
Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.
Fees and Costs
Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2022/23 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €138.
Please see Fees Office for more information.
At UCC we support our student community by offering scholarships and prizes to prospective and current students. Please see the CACSSS Scholarships & Prizes page for more information.
For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.
How Do I Apply
EU applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Mature students: Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO and must sit the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) exam. There are approx. 75 places are available on this course for mature students. There are certain subject requirements before a student can select some subjects in Year 1, e.g. Leaving Certificate standard Irish is needed to study Irish.
International students: Please visit the International Office page.
FETAC/QQI requirements: Please visit the FETAC/QQI Requirements page for more information.
EU Applicants: The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.
QQI FET/FETAC Applicants: See our QQI FET/FETAC Applicants page.
All Applicants: Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Please check the College Calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
- In UCC, we use the terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.