Course Code: CKA18 Full-time; CKA38 Part-time
Course Title: Italian
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
Qualifications: HDip in Arts
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €6,000 full-time; €3,000 per year part-time
Entry Requirements: You will have a degree, preferably in the area of arts or the sciences (see detailed entry requirements)
Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/2018
Next Intake: September 2018
The Higher Diploma in Arts (Italian) is a conversion course for those with a prior knowledge of Italian who want to study Italian language and culture to honours degree level. Competence in Italian language on entry should be equivalent to the standard in Italian achieved at the end of First Arts.
It is aimed at graduates who may want to be considered for a master’s course in the subject area subsequently (but do not have an honours degree in Italian) or who may want to add Italian to their qualifications.
The course involves the study of Italian language to BA level and of Italian culture (literature, theatre, cinema, art, media) from Dante to Berlusconi.
Registration with the Teaching Council: For applicants who are taking the Higher Diploma with a view to Teaching Council subject registration, the Higher Diploma in Arts Italian is recognised by the Teaching Council for the purposes of a teaching subject at post primary level.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that the Higher Diploma in Arts programme is NOT the teacher training programme. Graduates must complete the Professional Master of Education to qualify as a secondary school teacher. Please see www.ucc.ie/en/pec01 for further details.
The course consists of modules to the value of 60 credits taken from Levels II and III of the undergraduate BA degree in Italian.
The subject modules will be chosen by you in consultation with the Head of the Department of Italian or the course coordinator, taking into account timetable constraints and suitability of course combinations. In any case, you must include the 10-credit language module at BA level: the Department will determine, in consultation with you, if additional language study is necessary. The programme of study to be followed may differ for each individual student, depending on the your background, preferred area of specialisation, etc.
Registration with the Teaching Council: For applicants who are taking the Higher Diploma with a view to Teaching Council subject registration, the Higher Diploma is recognised by the Teaching Council for teacher subject registration in Italian. In general, if you wish to qualify with Italian as a teaching subject, you are advised to refer to the school curriculum and match the modules to that broad field. Modules are chosen in consultation with the programme coordinator in September.
Many subjects have discipline-specific requirements and you are advised to check the requirements for the subject area by consulting the following:
- Curricular Subject Requirements: Teaching Council: Curriculur Subject Requirements
- Subject Declaration Forms (including a self-assessment checklist of whether you meet the requirements for your subject area): Teaching Council Subject Declaration Forms
Please see the College Book of Modules for information and descriptions of modules for the current academic year.
- have a degree, preferably in the area of arts or the sciences
- not normally have studied Italian to honours degree level previously, but you must satisfy the Head of Department that, at the start of the course, your linguistic competence in Italian will allow you to draw benefit from courses at second-year and final-year undergraduate level.
N.B. Please note that the Higher Diploma in Arts programme is NOT a teacher training programme. Graduates must apply for the Postgraduate Master of Education teacher training programme to qualify as a secondary school teacher, please see http://www.ucc.ie/en/pec01
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.
Full-time students may expect approximately 16 contact hours per week, divided between language tutorials and lectures/seminars for culture modules. You must also undertake independent study and complete language exercises out of class, for which you will receive regular feedback. Required reading must be completed in advance of classes.
Students who may not have the time to embark on full-time study can take up to 30 credits in the Flexi-Options scheme(http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/what/flexioptions/).
Alternatively, those interested in studying Italian language only might want to consider the undergraduate Certificate in Languages, which involves the study of two languages (10 credits each), at a level appropriate to the individual student
Language skills are assessed by assignments and/or written and listening tests, which provide you with regular feedback on your progress. At the end of the year, you take written and oral examinations.
Courses on Italian culture are assessed by a combination of class tests, written assignments and end-of-year examinations. The Department of Italian places great emphasis on guiding students in the development of writing skills, and you are encouraged to engage in dialogue with lecturers during the drafting of essays and projects.
Staff in the Italian Department are all native speakers of Italian or have a near-native knowledge of Italian language. Courses are taught by the academic staff, by the three College language teachers, and by some of the department’s international group of PhD students.