About This Course
Theatre and Performative Practices
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
HDip in Arts
€6,130; €3,130 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,130 (Year 2 Part-time)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Applications will be considered from graduates in any subject other than Drama and Theatre Studies. Applicants will normally have a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or above. See Requirements for full details.
Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply.
Non-EU Closing Date
12 September 2022
The Higher Diploma in Arts (Theatre & Performative Practices) is a conversion course to Theatre-related studies for students with degrees in subjects other than Theatre or with Theatre as a minor subject. Completion of the Higher Diploma in Theatre & Performative Practices effectively converts your degree to the equivalent of an honours degree with Theatre as the main subject. It is designed for non-theatre graduates who wish to upskill, gain an additional qualification in the area of Theatre & Performative Practices which will pave the way to further study at MA or PhD level.
The course is ideal for those who have acquired theatre-related skills in previous years, for example in a youth or community theatre setting, and now wish to build on that experience and advance it to professional levels with the potential for a career in the professional theatre or specific areas of applied theatre, including drama in education.
The Higher Diploma in Arts (Theatre & Performative Practices) shall consist of modules to the value of 60 credits taken from a range of existing Second and Final Year modules in Drama and Theatre Studies. Suitable modules as well as attendance requirements and coursework are determined by the relevant departments/schools and approved by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. For any given subject, the programme of study to be followed may differ for each individual student, depending on the individual's background and preferred area of specialisation
Areas taught on the programme include:
- Theatre and Performative Practices
- Cultures of Voicing
- Cultures of Movement and Place
- Performance Technologies
- Applied Drama and Theatre
- Performative Writing
- Practical Internship Work Placement
The modules are selected from the modules designed for UCC’s Drama & Theatre Studies Joint and Single Honours degree courses. Students will select 30 credits from year 2, and 30 credits from final year. For further details of the programme modules and module descriptions, see the UCC Calendar
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
The commitment in terms of hours would be 300 for a full-time student (spread over 24 teaching weeks). Part-time students work out a suitable timetable once they have applied for and been accepted onto the Higher Diploma programme. This would involve a commitment of around 150 hours over the teaching year (more or less depending on what modules are taken in each of the four years).
The Department of Drama & Theatre Studies employs a wide range of assessment methods, matching the nature and requirements of its various course options. They include: continuous assessment and practical examinations for performance options; a portfolio of written texts; written responses to set texts and to seminars and coursework that ranges from formal essays to learning journals. Full details and regulations governing Examinations for this programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards Book and for each module in the Book of Modules
Staff in the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies; for a list of staff members visit the Department’s website at: https://www.ucc.ie/en/music-theatre/drama; for detailed module descriptions go to the UCC Book of Modules
Why Choose This Course
You will construct your knowledge of theatre through testing out ideas and theories in practice. The collaborative, cooperative and creative nature of the work is facilitated by small class sizes, so you will learn with and from your group and in close contact with the teaching staff who are trained not only as drama lecturers but also as (applied) theatre practitioners
Placement or Study Abroad Information
Students have the opportunity to do a Practical Internship Work Placement in the Creative Arts Industry
Skills and Careers Information
Occupations associated with a HDip in Arts (Theatre & Performative Practice)
Graduates can move directly into careers as: actors/performers, directors, writers, producers, technicians, educators, practitioners in various fields of applied drama and theatre.
Career sectors include theatre, film, television communications, education and arts and cultural management.
What are our graduates doing?
Stefanie Preissner is a screenwriter, playwright and actor. Her six-part comedy-drama series, Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope (RTE, Northern Ireland Screen, Deadpan Pictures) was broadcast in 2016: “A series so well written it was hard to watch” Irish Times Oct 17, 2016. Stefanie graduated with a BA in Drama & Theatre Studies & Spanish in 2008.
Stefanie Preissner, Playwright: firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Kelleher is Artistic Director of the Everyman Theatre in Cork. One of the youngest venue producers in the country, she has been responsible for dynamically raising the profile of the Everyman. Julie was among the first cohort of students to study Drama & Theatre Studies at UCC, graduating with a BA in 2004, and an MA in 2007.
Julie Kelleher, Artistic Director, Everyman Theatre: Julie Kelleher – email@example.com
- Applications will be considered from graduates in any subject other than Drama and Theatre Studies.
- Applicants will normally have a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or above.
- Applicants with significant professional-level drama and theatre experience will also be considered.
- Applicants will be asked to attend a workshop and/or interview with staff from Drama and Theatre Studies. Screen arrangements may be made in the case of applications from international students.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. 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.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €6,130; €3,130 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,130 (Year 2 Part-time).
The Non-EU fee for this course is €16,400.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment
International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.
How can I pay?
You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Professional Master of Education (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary items requested for your course.
Please log into the online application portal for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
- Please detail your computing/technical/IT skills.
- Please describe your portfolio of relevant work or achievements. Enter N/A if this is not applicable to you.
- Please upload your CV.
- Please enter the names and email addresses of 2 referees.
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 closing date for non-EU applications is 15 JuneApply Now