About This Course
Digital Humanities and Information Technology
3yrs or 4yrs with placement option
Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,130 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
Digital Humanities and Information Technology is an innovative course where you will explore a broad range of arts and humanities topics, while also studying the principles of information technology and digital media. We look at how the digital can enable innovation, but also how technology is changing what it means for us to be a human in the age of machines.
Our Department of Digital Arts & Humanities is part of School of English & Digital Humanities at UCC, and benefits from contributions from across the College of Arts, Celtic Civilisation and Social Sciences (CACSSS) and the School of Computer Science & Information Technology. So, if you are interested in applying digital technologies to arts and humanities research, be it in language, literature, philosophy, politics, geography or similar, we will take you on a journey to show you how technology can be utilised to study culture and society.
Fundamentally, the study of digital humanities is about the visionary and creative collaboration between the arts and technology, and we promise you an exciting journey on one of the most innovative courses on campus today.
The BA Digital Humanities and Information Technology is a three-year programme. It is possible to take a four-year degree under the International or Work Experience pathways as detailed:
- 3 Years: BA (Hons) (Digital Humanities and Information Technology)
- 4 Years: BA (Hons) (Digital Humanities and Information Technology) (International) Pathway: Year 3 is spent in an approved foreign university where students will study approved courses/modules to the equivalent value of 60 credits.
- 4 Years: BA (Hons) (Digital Humanities and Information Technology) (Work Experience) Pathway: Year 3 undertake a 5-credit Work Placement Plan module (DH3004) and a 55-credit Work Placement module (DH3005) (approved by the Board of Studies).
In Year 1 all students take Computer Science (CS) modules and Arts & Humanities (DH) modules to the value of 45 credits together with one other subject from Year 1 arts subjects (15 credits).
Year 1 Modules:
- CS1201 Introduction to Computer Systems (15 credits)
- CS1202 Programming for Digital Humanities I (5 credits)
- CS1203 Programming for Digital Humanities II (5 credits)
- CS1204 Databases for Digital Humanities (5 credits)
- DH1001 Digital Humanities: Theories & Concepts I (5 credits)
- DH1002 Digital Tools & Methods I (5 credits)
- DH1003 Research Methods & Practice (5 credits)
Plus 15 credits from one Arts (minor) field:
Lectures: In addition to lectures, there are tutorials to support the course material.
Lab/practical: Workshops and lab sessions reinforce and provide effective direct instruction in digital skills and tools.
Online learning: The course involves some group and online learning. Students and teachers on the BA in Digital Humanities & Information Technology create an engaged learning community in person and online.
Our 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 and technology.
Why Choose This Course
UCC is a pioneer in the field of Digital Humanities in Ireland – its unique interdisciplinary composition allows you to take a mix of modules from across Arts, Digital Humanities, and Computer Science. So, if you are interested in applying digital technologies to the arts then this is the programme for you.
Digital Humanities Active Learning Space
We have a specially designed state-of-the-art Digital Humanities Active Learning Space which is a student-centered, high-tech, flexible space used for the delivery of lectures, workshops, and seminars. It also offers dedicated digitisation facilities, as well as a variety of tools and technologies that will provide you, as a student in the arts and humanities, with an opportunity to ‘learn by doing’. These include 3D scanners and 3D printers, virtual reality kits, gaming systems, and high-end photo equipment. A unique perk of being a DH student is that you have continual access to the bright and spacious DH room, allowing you a dedicated space in which to collaborate, study, and indeed socialise!
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.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
The optional third year of this programme includes an opportunity for a work placement or study abroad which runs from January to September (9-month placement).
Companies that repeatedly employ our students on placement include: Arlo Technologies, DB Schenker, Ervia, ESB Networks, Horner APG, Janssen Sciences, Johnson Controls, McAfee LLC, McKesson, Musgrave, Oracle Corp, Poppulo, and PWC Ltd.
If you take the international pathway you will study abroad during Year 3 of the course through international partnerships as part of the Erasmus programme.
Skills and Careers Information
You will come away from this course equipped with an interdisciplinary skill set, which opens up a wealth of employment opportunities across a variety of industries in the technical and cultural sectors. Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in a variety of settings, including IT, education, heritage, journalism, technical writing, publishing, galleries, and design.
Our graduates are uniquely balanced across the arts and computing, having studied interdisciplinary modules from Arts, Digital Humanities, and Computer Science. This makes further study possible in many disciplines. Some discipline-specific options include:
For more information on other postgraduate options please see the CACSSS Postgraduate Study page.
Leaving Cert 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:
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.
FETAC/QQI requirements: Please visit the FETAC/QQI Requirements page for more information.
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.
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.
The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.
How Do I Apply
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.