About This Course
Theatre & Performative Practices
Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,138 See Fees and Costs for full details.
2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; O6/H7 in another language. Entrance Exam. See Requirements for full details.
CAO Points Range
Our BA (Hons) Theatre & Performative Practices degree at University College Cork (UCC) is a window to the exciting world of theatre and performance. Our programme explores the world of theatre and the wide spectrum of performance: such as dance, outdoor performance, and music theatre. Our teaching focuses on three key themes:
- Making theatre
- Theatre for change
- 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.
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.
- Theatre and Performative Practices (Single Subject) - From second year
- Theatre and Performative Practices (Joint Subject)
- Theatre and Performative Practices (International) - Year 3 is spent abroad
- Theatre and Performative Practices (with Music) - From first year
Year 1: All incoming CK112 Theatre and Performative Practices students take a Joint Honours pathway in first year, from either
- 50% Theatre modules and 50% other Arts subjects
- Theatre & Music – 50% Theatre modules & 50% Music modules
Important Note: Students who wish to take Theatre & Performative Practices with Music must also complete the Music audition - details will be provided as part of the Theatre Admission process.
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. 50% Theatre modules and 50% other Arts subjects pathway
Year 1 Arts Subjects Group Table
*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
Year 1 Theatre and Performative Practices with Music students take Theatre and Performative Practices (30 credits) with Music (30 credits) and continue with this joint pathway in second and subsequent years. Students who wish to take Theatre & Performative Practices with Music must also complete the Music audition - details will be provided as part of Theatre Admission process.
Outline for Years 2, 3 & 4
- Please consult the University Calendar (CK112) page for further course details.
- For additional information on modules see the Book of Modules.
Why Choose This Course
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.
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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 the 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
**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.
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.