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

    2020: 330

  • CAO Points Range

    2030: 330-619

Course Outline

Theatre UCC invites you inside how we discover and uncover the processes that underpin the making of performance, and how we think through what we will do with theatre and performance in order that it have the brightest cultural future. The study of Theatre at UCC involves exploring the potential of theatre and other performative practices through practical workshops and classes, alongside academic study and passionate argument. 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, to expand, and to 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 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 abroad, and at the local level with the Everyman Theatre, Triskel Arts Centre and Firkin Crane, among others. The 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.

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


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

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 Modules:

Theatre and Performative Practices (Joint Subject) or Theatre and Performative Practices (International)

Students take Theatre and Performative Practices (30 credits) and continue one subject from year 1 (30 credits)

Theatre and Performative Practices (Single Subject)

Students take Theatre and Performative Practices (50 credits) and continue one subject from Year I (10 credits)

Theatre and Performative Practices with Music

Students take Theatre and Performative Practices (30 credits) with Music (30 credits)

Year 3 Modules:

Theatre and Performative Practices (Joint Subject)

Students take Theatre and Performative Practices (30 credits) and continue the same subject from year 2 (30 credits)

Theatre and Performative Practices (International)

Students take Theatre and Performative Practices and the same subject from Year 1 at one of our partner Universities abroad

Theatre and Performative Practices (Single Subject)

Students take Theatre and Performative Practices (50 credits) and continue the same subject from Year 2 (10 credits)

Theatre and Performative Practices with Music

Students take Theatre and Performative Practices (30 credits) and Music (30 credits)

Year 4 Modules:

Theatre and Performative Practices (International)

Students take Theatre and Performative Practices (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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I loved my time at UCC and the Theatre department has taught me so much about just how much theatre there is to learn. I’ll always be thankful for all that I learned at UCC.

Mary Condon O’Connor

Theatre UCC 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

Theatre UCC Graduate & Writer/Director/Presenter

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

Julie Kelleher

Theatre UCC Graduate & Artistic Director, Mermaids Arts Centre

The degree in Theatre and Performative Practices:

• offers a joint honours and single honours degree in Theatre and Performative Practices 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 select BA Theatre & Performative Practices (International) option, you will spend Year 3 studying at one of our numerous partner universities in Europe, North America and Asia.

Work placement: There are a number of options for work placement both in the summer prior to Final Year and during Final Year. There are also supported options through CACSSS Professional Work Experience

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)

▪ Jessica Reagan (National Theatre, London)

▪ Stefanie Preissner (Writer/Actor/Director)

▪ Lochlainn McKenna, music video 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 Admission Interview and will be called for this automatically once the application is made through the CAO. The Admission Interview for 2021 will take place on the following dates:

12th & 13th March and the 9th & 10th April

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 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

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 Fees Office for more information.

Non-EU Fees

The 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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