UCC Undergraduate courses

Theatre & Performative Practices

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Theatre & Performative Practices

  • Code


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    3/4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BA (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,165 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; O6/H7 in another language. Entrance Exam. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2018: 334

Course Outline

The Department of Theatre is a dynamic centre for creativity, diversity and intellectual growth, and one of the leading drama departments in Ireland.

The department forms part of the School of Music and Theatre and is committed to excellence in teaching and research. It has a vibrant learning community dedicated to theory and performance practice, as well as historical, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural understanding of theatre and performing arts.

We offer courses on a full range of theatre theory and practices. The Department of Theatre has close links with leading theatres abroad, and at local level with Cork Opera House, Everyman Theatre, Triskel Centre and Firkin Crane, among others. The department is located in the Connolly Complex, near to the Granary Theatre, and has close relations with DRAMAT, one of UCC's oldest student societies (founded in 1905). 

Students study either a single or joint subject degree and engage in public events, performances and research collaborations with creative artists through our interdisciplinary research centre.


Year 1 Modules:

There are four possible pathways:


  • DR1007 Theatre and Performative Practices (10 credits);
  • DR1008 Theories of Theatre and Performative Practices (10 credits);
  • DR1005 & DR1006 Performative Writing and Contexts I & II (5 credits each)


Two First Arts Subjects (15 credits each) from groups 3, 4, 5,6

Drama and Theatre Studies with Music:

Students take Drama and Theatre Studies (30 credits)  with Music (30 credits).  Students wishing to take this option apply for CK112 but should register for and pass the Music Entrance Test held annually in the Department of Music.

Year 2 Modules:

Drama & Theatre Studies (Joint Subject) or Drama & Theatre Studies (International)

Students take Drama & Theatre Studies (30 credits) and continue one subject from year 1 (30 credits)

Drama & Theatre Studies (Single Subject)

Students take Drama & Theatre Studies (50 credits) and continue one subject from Year I (10 credits)

Drama & Theatre Studies with Music

Students take Drama & Theatre Studies (30 credits) with Music (30 credits)

Year 3 Modules:

Drama & Theatre Studies (Joint Subject)

Students take Drama & Theatre Studies (30 credits) and continue the same subject from year 2 (30 credits)

Drama & Theatre Studies (International)

Students take Drama & Theatre Studies and the same subject from Year 1 at one of our partner Universities abroad

Drama & Theatre Studies (Single Subject)

Students take Drama & Theatre Studies (50 credits) and continue the same subject from Year 2 (10 credits)

Drama & Theatre Studies with Music

Students take Drama and Theatre Studies (30 credits) and Music (30 credits)

Year 4 Modules:

Drama & Theatre Studies (International)

Students take Drama & Theatre Studies (30 credits) and continue the same subject from Year 2 (30 credits)

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and for detailed information on modules see the Book of Modules .  


Why Choose This Course

It's active, participative, on your feet learning

Fionn Woodhouse, Lecturer, Department of Theatre

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My lecturers and I had a very close connection, due to the size of the course

Megan Wilmot

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I've been doing drama since I was really young and then I wanted to find something that I could do in college.

Michelle Fox

BA, Drama and Theatre Studies

I could carve my own path of study in terms of module choice and was led by deeply passionate teachers.

Julie Kelleher

Graduate & Artistic Director, Everyman Theatre, Cork

The degree in Drama and Theatre Studies:

• offers a joint honours and single honours degree in Drama and Theatre Studies and another Arts subject such as English, Music, Languages, Maths, etc.

• is committed to excellence in teaching and national and international research, housing an interdisciplinary research centre in performance practices

• is dedicated to the teaching of theatre and performative practices alongside theoretical and critical approaches in the field

• has use of excellent facilities alongside UCC's main campus (comprising the Granary Theatre, studio space, drama lab and seminar rooms)

• has close connections with local, national, and international theatres as well as national and international cultural organisations. Our graduates are pursuing careers in the theatre, television and film industry and also in the field of applied theatre, including community theatre and education.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Study abroad: If you are studying through the BA International, you will spend Year 3 studying at one of our numerous partner universities in Europe, North America and Asia. 

Work placement: Following completion of Year 2, and before the commencement of Year 3, students have the option of completing an approved practical internship/work placement, amounting to four weeks full-time or equivalent, with an approved theatre company, performing arts organisation or theatre performance group in Ireland or abroad.

Assessment for this module will be based on satisfactory completion of the internship and on a presentation and portfolio of documentation completed during the first teaching period of Year 3 (see module description for further details).

If you study through the BA or the BA International, you will have the opportunity to avail of a work placement in Year 2. You can find out more here.

Skills and Careers Information

UCC has a long and established theatre tradition.  Associated with this tradition are the outstanding achievements of, for example:

▪     Fiona Shaw (actor)

▪     Cillian Murphy (actor)

▪     Graham Norton (TV presenter/actor)

▪     Thomas Conway (Druid Theatre Co.)

▪     Tom Creed (Festival, Theatre and Opera director)

▪     John Crowley (theatre & film director)

▪     Oonagh Kearney (film director)

▪     Ray Scannell (composer/actor Abbey Theatre)

▪     Pat Kiernan (Corcadorca)

▪     Jessica Reagan (National Theatre, London)

▪     Stefanie Preissner (Writer/Actor/Director)


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:



Other Language




Additional requirements: All applicants are required to pass an Entrance Test and will be called for this automatically once the application is made through the CAO.  The Entrance Test for 2019 will take place on the following dates:

- Fri 8th & Sat 9th March 2019

- Fri 5th & Sat 6th April 2019

Students who wish to take Theatre & Performative Practices with Music must first apply through the CAO for Theatre & Performative Practices (CK112). In addition to the normal CAO requirements, such students must also satisfy the Professor of Music and the College that they are capable of successfully completing the Music component of the programme by taking and passing a Music test in September. Any student who passed the Music Entrance Test in April for Music or Arts-Music, and who subsequently secured a place in Theatre & Performative Practices, will be exempt from this Music test.

Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest, and must also apply for and sit the MSAP exam.  Approximately 5 places are available on this course for mature students.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

Non-EU Candidates

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 for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge was €3,000 and the Capitation Fee was €165. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.


Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU applicants: Application to the 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.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these 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 term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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