Italian - Conversion Course

Course Outline
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. 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.

If you are applying for this course to gain a teaching subject please consult with the Teaching Council Subject Declaration Form to view specific requirements for this subject.

Why Choose This Course
The Department of Italian is one of the smallest units in UCC, which means that as a student, you get the individual attention needed to help you progress from beginners' level to degree standard. There are a high percentage of mature students in the BA undergraduate programme in Italian, which facilitates the integration of students of this course.

Entry requirements

Requirements
It is intended for those who already have a 3 or 4 year primary degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences, and who wish to study Italian intensively over one academic year.

The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants would not normally have studied the relevant subject 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.

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.

International/non-EU applicants
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.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Duration

Full-time 1 year, Part-time over 2 years
CKA18 Full-time; CKA38 Part-time

Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Number of credits

Higher Diploma 60 ECTS credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Italian is not widely taught in Irish schools and consequently our student numbers are small compared, for example, to those in French. Demand by employers in Ireland for graduates of Italian, with the strong language and analytical skills you can acquire with us, is currently greater than supply, but many of our graduates also choose to work in Italy or other countries.

The Department also has a LinkedIn Group exclusively for its graduates, where information on vacancies is exchanged.

Employers place a high value on graduates with strong language skills of the kind you can acquire by studying Italian at UCC. At a careers session in December 2012, Anne Gough, Grafton Recruitment and Cork Chamber Ambassador, told prospective students that a non-language graduate might start on €25,000, while, in the same company in the Cork area, a graduate with a language would start on €32,500.

Further enquiries

Dr. Silvia Ross
s.ross@ucc.ie
Tel: +353-21-4903169 / 4902335
http://www.ucc.ie/en/italian/

Subjects taught

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.

Comment

Course Practicalities
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: Undergraduate Flexi-Options

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.

Who teaches this course
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.

Assessment method

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.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:
For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020
Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020
Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020
Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020
Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June
Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 7 September 2020

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