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: €3,130 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

    2021: 371

  • CAO Points Range

    2021: 371-637

Course Outline

Theatre at UCC takes you on an exciting adventure that explores theatre and the wide spectrum of performance: such as dance, outdoor performance, and music theatre. Our teaching focuses on three key themes:

  1. Making theatre
  2. Theatre for change
  3. The business of theatre and performance production

You will create and make work: indeed, you usually devise, perform and evaluate your own material, rather than putting on existing plays. You will also learn how theatre can engage with and respond to cultural change. We also look at the business side of theatre production through study and internships.

These core strands of teaching are supported by an exciting voyage into the history of theatre, the kinds of ideas and theories and underpin theatre, and what theatre can do for you, for society, and for culture. This is a broad-based degree, that seeks to leverage your creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, is taught by researchers, makers, and practitioners. Practical workshops and classes, alongside academic study and passionate argument, are at the core of your learning. You will have the chance to perform, create work, direct, and be involved in the technical development of productions as well as debate and examine ideas and theories.

Why UCC?

Here at UCC, we believe in your artistic potential. Our teaching encourages you to explore, expand, and refine your skills, knowledge, tastes, and critical thinking. UCC’s heritage as a top global university, and its courageous stance toward the future, form the perfect integrated backdrop for how we teach and research, and for how you will navigate your time with us and imagine new futures for us all.

Our faculty at the Department of Theatre include prolific performance and interdisciplinary artists; experienced project managers; casting directors and producers; applied youth and educational theatre specialists; deep-thinking theorists; and refined skills teachers. We have close links with leading theatres both abroad, and at the local level, including the Everyman Theatre, the Triskel Arts Centre, and Firkin Crane, among others. The UCC Granary Theatre is located right beside the department and our unique partnership with the Cork Opera House provides a range of dynamic performance opportunities and learning and internship possibilities.

We are also an unusually interdisciplinary department where you will be able to study from a range of arts subjects to degree level. This programme allows you to choose between a single or joint subject degree, as well as engage in public events, performances, and research collaborations with creative artists through our interdisciplinary research centre.

Degree Pathways & Modules

Ultimately there are four possible pathways from CK112 Theatre and Performative Practices and all pathways take the same core modules in Year 1.

Year 1: All incoming CK112 Theatre and Performative Practices students take a Joint Honours pathway with 50% Theatre modules and 50% other Arts subjects.

Core modules for all pathways:

  • DR1005 Performative Writing: Dramaturgy (Part I) (5 credits)
  • DR1006 Performative Writing: Dramaturgy (Part II) (5 credits)
  • DR1007 Introduction: Theatre and Performative Practice (10 Credits)
  • DR1009 Performance in Culture (5 credits)
  • DR1010 Cultures of Performance Practice (5 credits)


Choose two Arts Subjects (15 credits each) from groups 3, 4, 5, & 6.


Year 1 Arts Subjects Group Table


ArchaeologyChinese StudiesGermanLatinMathematicsMathematical StudiesPolitics


FrenchSociologyStudies in Music


EconomicsEnglishGreekBéaloideasReligions and Global Diversity




Celtic CivilisationPhilosophySpanish

*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.

Theatre and Performative Practices with Music

  • Joint Honours pathway: 50% Theatre modules and 50% modules from other Arts subjects.
  • Single Honours pathway: 80% Theatre modules and 20% modules from other Arts subjects.

Year 1 Theatre and Performative Practices with Music students take Theatre and Performative Practices (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: Students can either continue with the Joint Honours pathway or move to a Single Honours pathway.

Outline for Years 2, 3 & 4

Why Choose This Course

It's active, participative, on your feet learning...

Fionn Woodhouse, Lecturer, Department of Theatre, UCC

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I loved my time at UCC and the Theatre Department taught me so much about just how much theatre there is to learn. I’ll always be thankful ...

Mary Condon O’Connor

UCC Theatre Graduate 2020

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It was a safety net without ever being a comfort zone. I wouldn't be the same person I am now without that course. I'll never forget its title: CK112...

Stefanie Preissner

UCC Theatre Graduate, Writer/Director/Presenter

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

Julie Kelleher

UCC Theatre Graduate & Artistic Director, Mermaid Arts Centre

This is a unique degree. It is both scholarly and performative:

  • It offers both a joint- and single honours degree in Theatre and Performative Practices and another Arts subject such as English, Music, Languages, Maths, etc.
  • It is committed to excellence in teaching and national and international research, housing an interdisciplinary research centre in performance practices
  • It is dedicated to the teaching of theatre and performative practices alongside theoretical and critical approaches in the field.
  • It has use of excellent facilities alongside UCC's main campus (comprising the Granary Theatre, studio space, drama lab, and seminar rooms).
  • It 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.

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Performance Practices

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Performance Practices (CIR) was initiated by the Department of Theatre at UCC; it brings together the various research interests of our department colleagues and embraces the world of theatre in all its manifestations.

Connected Curriculum

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 Theatre & Arts programme.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Study abroad: If you select the International pathway, you will spend Year 3 studying at one of our numerous partner universities in Europe, North America, or Asia.

Work placement: There are a number of options for work placement both in the summer prior to and during your final year. There are also supported options through CACSSS Professional Work Experience. This module offers preparatory training, a work placement organised by the UCC Careers Office, and post-placement follow-up.

Skills and Careers Information

The UCC Employment and Employability Guide note that University College Cork (UCC) graduates are highly sought-after by employers. Our graduates go on to the widest range of careers after this study. From theatre performance and production to video-making; from stage and screen to arts administration; from teaching at primary and secondary levels to giving workshops in the community; from the social services and youth theatre to digital art and coding: our students succeed. Many students pursue postgraduate study.

You will have an opportunity to elect to study our international pathways and spend your third year abroad. Our partnerships open up opportunities in Denmark, Germany, Malta, France, Canada, the US, Mexico, and beyond, in English or in other languages.   

UCC has a long and established theatre tradition and our alumni include some outstanding examples of this tradition, and include:

  • Cillian Murphy (actor)
  • Fiona Shaw (actor)
  • Graham Norton (TV presenter/actor/writer)
  • Jessica Reagan (National Theatre, London)
  • John Crowley (theatre & film director)
  • Lochlainn McKenna (music video director)
  • Oonagh Kearney (film director)
  • Ray Scannell (composer/actor Abbey Theatre)
  • Stefanie Preissner (writer/actor/director)
  • Thomas Conway (Druid Theatre Co.)
  • Tom Creed (Festival, Theatre and Opera director)


Postgraduate Study Options

This BA (Hons) degree also qualifies you to explore exciting postgraduate options, at home and abroad. Some UCC options include:

Music (HDip in Arts)

MA Theatre & Performative Practices

MA Music & Cultural History

MA Music - Ethnomusicology

MA Experimental Sound Practice

MA Arts Management & Creative Producing

See the postgraduate study page for CACSSS graduates for more information on a vast array of postgraduate programmes including PhD options for CACSSS graduates.

Masters that Matter

At UCC we also promote Masters that Matter to encourage students to think outside the box and apply themselves to some of society’s greatest challenges. Find out more about these programmes in our Masters that Matter page.


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 Admission Interview and will be called for this automatically once the application is made through the CAO. The Admission Interview is usually held in March and again in April and May of the incoming year.

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. Music tests happen in April – please contact the Music Department at music@ucc.ie to book your 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.  Find out more about the mature entry requirements here.
  • International students: Please visit the International Office page.
  • FETAC/QQI requirements: Please visit the FETAC/QQI Requirements page for more information.

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

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 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130.

Please see the Fees Office for more information.

Available Scholarships

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.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

**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.

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. 

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact