UCC Postgraduate courses

Theatre & Performative Practices

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Theatre & Performative Practices

  • Code

    MATPP

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time

  • Qualifications

    MA

  • EU Fees

    €6,630; €3,380 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,380 (Year 2 Part-time)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees

    €16,400

  • Entry Requirements

    Applications will be considered from graduates of Theatre, Drama and /or theatre-related disciplines. Applicants will normally have a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or above, and should be able to demonstrate an established commitment to theatre and /or performative practices. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    30 June 2022

  • Start Date

    12 September 2022

Course Outline

Our MA in Theatre & Performative Practices at University College Cork is designed to produce flexible, empowered theatre artists who want to rock the boat with innovative, cutting-edge work. It provides a challenging and supported space for recent graduates and professional practitioners who know performance can be world-changing as it can be entertaining. If you choose this MA programme you will learn to follow your instincts and explore your unique creativity, within a rigorous critical context and research environment. 

With a focus on experimentation, collaboration, and composition, we offer you a unique opportunity to develop your own voice in a dynamic, practice and research-based, interdisciplinary learning environment. We exist at a crucial juncture in the history of theatre and performance practice in Ireland and worldwide, with the #MeToo movement, Waking the Feminists, and ongoing discussion and controversy regarding the culture and nature of performance, film, and theatre work in our world today.

This MA makes space for performance as an essential tool for social and political change and our graduates emerge ready to invigorate the cultural life of Ireland, Europe, and beyond.

Programme Details

All students take modules worth 35 core credits, 10 elective credits, and a final project worth 45 credits. The core modules form the central shared programme of critically rigorous and creatively adventurous theatre and performative practice.

Part I - Semesters 1 & 2 (45 credits total)

Core Modules (35 credits)

  • DR6001 Advancing Theatre & Performative Practices (Semester 2) (15 Credits): This module focuses on how we draw from exciting alternative practices and outsider knowledge to change and transform the future of performance. Students engage with how sophisticated concepts and newly-explored practices inform their ability to imagine and theoretically situate innovative work.
  • DR6002 Composition Theatre & Performative Practices (Semester 1) (15 Credits): This module focuses specifically on composition as a founding process of making work within contemporary theatre and performative practices. Students will work together to develop sophisticated devised work in specialist contexts, expanding the horizons of how they make, perform and theorise new performances, enhancing their collaborative skills in the process.

  • DR6003 The Business of Theatre & Performative Events (Semester 1) (5 Credits): Students are introduced to how to engage with the wider world of performance, and how to situate emerging practices inside professional discourse.

Elective Modules (10 credits)

Department of Theatre module:

  • DR6026 Advanced Theatre Practice (10 credits)

Modules from other Departments in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences (CACSSS): 

  • DH6004 Conceptual Introduction to Digital Arts & Humanities (5 credits)
  • FX6004 Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis (10 credits)
  • HA6006 Theory for Art History (10 credits)
  • HA6007 Modern Art and Modernity (10 credits)
  • HA6009 Contemporary Art (10 credits)
  • MU6035 The Body in Creative Arts Practice (10 credits)
  • MU6037 Music and Cinema (10 credits)
  • MU6031 Sound Studies and Musicology (5 credits)
  • MU6034 Multidisciplinary Debates in Musicology & Ethnomusicology (5 credits)
  • MU6036 Music and Popular Culture (10 credits)
  • SS6021 Creative Methodologies in Youth Arts Practice (10 credits)
  • SS6029 Art and Development Education (5 credits)
  • SS6024 Arts and Social Action (5 credits)
  • WS6002 Feminist Theory (10 credits)

Part II - Semester 3 (45 credits) (choose 1 option)

  • DR6004 Practice Research Project 1: Theatre & Performative Production (45 credits)
  • DR6005 Practice Research Project 2: Theatre & Performative Process (45 credits)
  • DR6006 Research Dissertation in Theatre & Performative Practices (45 credits)

Please note that not all modules will be available every year. 

Part-time option

The part-time option can be taken over two years with course work completed in Year 1 (45 Credits) and a thesis completed in Year 2 (45 Credits).

See the University Calendar (MA Theatre & Performative Practices) for more information.

Modules

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.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

Our MA is taught through a lively combination of studio-based training, critical seminars, internships, workshops with visiting theatre artists, critics and theorists, as well as engagement with the department’s research and practice seminar - Perforum, and through a plural and multi-level engagement with festivals, events, installations and performances throughout the year. Bring your leotard, your Lyotard, and a bottle of water!

Assessment

Our Theatre & Performative Practices MA students are assessed through a combination of continuous assessment, final performance, critical reflections on process/performance, as well as critical writing about theory, history, and context of theatre and performative practices. Their choice of your final project dictates how they will be assessed, and are weighted variously between creative practice and critical writing.  

Who teaches the course

Our teaching staff includes faculty from the School of Film, Music & Theatre, and the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences. Current faculty include:

Why Choose This Course

Our MA in Theatre & Performative Practices at UCC offers students a unique opportunity to develop their individual and collaborative creative and critical theatre practices, through and in combination with a lively programme of internships and residencies. See our Department of Theatre page for more information.

Skills and Careers Information

What can I do after I graduate with an MA in Theatre & Performative Practices?
After you graduate you will be qualified and work-ready for multiple aspects of the creative industries, both those specifically related to theatre and performance, as well as broader aspects of cultural production, administration and the creative industries. This MA trains students in skills of making and producing theatre and performative events, in lively collaboration and always in context. These are skills which are critically and dynamically transferable to the professional worlds of theatre, dance and cultural industries. 

Occupations associated with the MA in Theatre & Performative Practices
Our previous students work in multiple aspects of contemporary theatre, dance and the cultural industries. These include Creative Cultural Producers (Theatre Production, Dance Production, Festival Production), Arts Managers, Arts Administrators, Theatre Directors, Choreographers, Performers, Playwrights, Writers for TV & Film, Community Artists working in Theatre, Dance and Visual Art as well as related industries of Journalism, Library Management, Teaching and Academia.

What are our graduates doing? 
Stefanie Preissner, a UCC Drama & Theatre Studies graduate, is an author, 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).

One of our graduates, Julie Kelleher, is the Artistic Director/CEO at Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre. She was formerly the Artistic Director of the Everyman Theatre in Cork and one of the youngest venue producers in the country. 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. 

Requirements

Applications will be considered from graduates of Theatre, Drama and/or theatre-related disciplines. Applicants will normally have a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or above, and should be able to demonstrate an established commitment to theatre and/or performative practices. Applicants with significant professional-level drama and theatre experience will also be considered.

Completion of the Higher Diploma in Theatre & Performative Practices (Second Class Honours Grade II or above), also qualifies students to apply.  Applicants will be asked to attend a workshop and/or interview with staff from the Department of Theatre. 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. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure 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.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €6,630; €3,380 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,380 (Year 2 Part-time) .

The Non-EU fee for this course is €16,400.

Deposits

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.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie.

How Do I Apply

1. Apply online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online via the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. The majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

2. 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.

3. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

4. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Questions (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:

  • 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.
  • Please upload your CV. 
  • After the online application is submitted, applicants will be required to add the name and email address of 2 referees and send reference requests via the Application Portal.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June 2022

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