The School of Film, Music & Theatre has a vibrant constellation of collaborative projects and partnerships with external professional bodies and communities in local, national and international contexts. This lively spirit of engagement defines how we work and who we are. We also work dynamically with other Schools, departments and initiatives within University College Cork. In all these relationships we are deeply interested in connection, in the ways these collaborations enrich our communities of research and teaching.
Artists in Residence
The School of Film, Music & Theatre is proud to host three collaboratively funded Artists in Residence programmes: UCC/Arts Council Film Artist in Residence; UCC/Arts Council Traditional Artist in Residence 2023; the UCC/Cork Opera House Theatre Artist in Residence. Our engagement with the Arts Council also involves regular professional funding of staff in their own art practices across dance, film, music and theatre.
Cork Opera House
Cork Opera House has a long-term partnership agreement with UCC, and the School works closely with the Opera House through multiple strands of engagement. We collaboratively host the UCC/Cork Opera House Theatre Artist in Residence with a strong connection to the Granary Theatre; the MA in Arts Management & Creative Producing is co-taught with Opera House Staff, notably the CEO; we have jointly offered graduate scholarships for PhD/MPhil students whose research is anchored and focussed by the Opera House and our students have the opportunity to work as interns in this beautiful theatre.
UCC Creative is an initiative to develop and advocate for creative practice at UCC in lively collaboration with local, national and international communities, festivals and creative/cultural industries. UCC Creative Events include public art commissions, workshops, showcases and residencies. This is an initiative of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Science directed by the Professor of Creative Practice anchored in the School of Film, Music & Theatre.
The School also has long-standing relationships with major local festivals including: Cork International Jazz Festival; Cork International Film Festival; Cork Midsummer Festival; Cork International Choral Festival; Fastnet Film Festival, among others. Our relationship with these festivals includes staff performing/screening their music, theatre, dance, installation and film; students interning and presenting their work; staff chairing presentations and working with Directors to contribute to programming.
Local, national and international collaborations
Film, Music & Theatre at UCC also has established and emerging collaborative partnerships with multiple local organisations working through civic engagement, research and teaching. These include: Dance Cork Firkin Crane; Cope Foundation; Cork Community Art Link; Cork Migrant Centre; Millstreet Direct Provision Centre; The Lantern Project; Graffiti Theatre Company; Cork Gay Project; The Guesthouse Project; Cork Learning Neighbourhoods.
Local community music partners include: Kabin Cllective; Strawberry Hill Primary School; Cork Academy of Music; Youth Work Ireland; Marymount Hospice; Music in Community; Cork University Hospital; Westgate Foundation; SoundOut; Creative Tradition; Music Mash Up; Music Generation Cork City; Share.
Collaborations with national bodies include: Northern Ireland Screen; Screen Ireland; Youth Theatre Ireland; Theatre Forum.
International collaborations include: the UCC Meige Research Collaboration (China); Creative Pathways Programme of the Embassy of Ireland with Goethe Institut Irland (Germany); as well as many Erasmus and academic partnerships.
Scholarships and training opportunities
We work with the University and outside partners on scholarships and training opportunities for young and emerging artists/students. These include Lord David Puttnam and his company Atticus Education as well as the UCC Puttnam Scholarship Programme. We have developed a Transition-Year programme on Careers in the Creative Sector with Screen Ireland and Atticus. We also work closely with the UCC Quercus Talented Students’ Programme on their Creative & Performing Arts Scholarships.