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Theatre & Performative Practice

The MA in Theatre & Performative Practices 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. Students will learn to follow their instincts and explore their unique creativity, within a rigorous critical context and research environment.

With a focus on experimentation, collaboration and composition, this MA offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their own voice in a dynamic, practice and research-based, interdisciplinary learning environment. It is launching at a key time in the history of theatre and performance practice Ireland and world-wide, with the Me Too movement, Waking the Feminists, and ongoing discussion and controversy regarding the culture and nature of performance, film and theatre work.

Students will engage in study trips abroad and workshops with pioneering theatre and performance practitioners, including American dance duo Junk Ensemble and the inaugural UCC Cork Opera House Theatre Artist in Residence (to be appointed in June 2018). The MA includes a one week intensive with The Llanarth Group, directed by world-leading scholar and director Philip Zarrilli and award-winning dramaturge, playwright and Arts & Disability activist Kaite O'Reilly.

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

To mark the launch of the new ma in theatre and performative practice, the college of arts, celtic studies and social sciences are offering a masters excellence scholarship to one applicant to this programme.

Why Choose This Course
The 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.

Course Practicalities
The MA in Theatre & Performative Practices 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 and your Lyotard, and a bottle of water.

Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from graduates of Theatre, Drama and / or theatre-related disciplines. Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree (2H2 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 (2H2 or above), also qualifies students to apply. 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.

Non-EU Candidates
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .


1 year full-time; 2 years part-time;

The part-time option will be taught during evening hours over 2 year.

Careers or further progression

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, Chroreographers, 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.

Further enquiries

Subjects taught

All students take 35 Core credits, 10 Elective credits, and a Final Project of 45 credits.

Part 1 (45 credits)

Core Modules (35 credits)
These core credits form the central shared programme of critically rigorous and creatively adventurous theatre and performative practice:

DR6001 Collaborative Theatre & Performative Practices 15 Credits Semester 1
This module focuses specifically on collaboration as a founding practice of contemporary theatre and the processes of performativity. The module includes a major internship with theatre or performance company.

DR6002 Composition Theatre & Performative Practices 15 credits Semester 2
This module focuses specifically on composition as a founding process of making work within contemporary theatre and performative practices. The module includes working with a major company or artists on a performance or spectacle event.

DR6003 The Business of Theatre & Performative Events 5 credits Semester 1
Students are introduced to the business of show business, by exploring the professional elements within the working life of a theatre artist / producer / administrator.

Electives (10 credits) Semesters 1 & 2
Drama & Theatre Studies Modules:
DR6024 Directed Study in Theatre and Performance (5)
DR6025 Special Studies in Applied Theatre (10)
DR6026 Advanced Theatre Practice (10)
DR6027 Playwrights & Writing in Contemporary Theatre (10)

Modules from other Departments in CACSSS:

DH6004 Conceptual Introduction to Digital Arts & Humanities (5)
FX6004 Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis (10)
HA6006 Theory for Art History (10)
HA6007 Modern Art and Modernity (10)
HA6009 Contemporary Art (10)
MU6035 The Body in Creative Arts Practice (10)
MU6037 Music and Cinema (10)
MU6031 Sound Studies and Musicology (5)
MU6034 Multidisciplinary Debates in Musicology and Ethnomusicology (5)
MU6036 Music and Popular Culture (10)
MU6038 Noise (5)
MU6041 Agora (5)
SS6021 Principles and Practice of Community Arts (10)
SS6029 Development Education and Community Arts (5)
SS6024 Arts and Social Action (5)
WS6002 Feminist Theory (10)

Part II (45 credits)

Final Project Module 45 credits Semester 3
Students choose one of the following options:
DR6004 Practice Research Project 1: Theatre & Performative Production
DR6005 Practice Research Project 2: Theatre & Performative Process
DR6006 Research Dissertation in Theatre & Performative Practices

Assessment method

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

Application date

Applications for 2019 start dates will open on November 1st 2018.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means we offer places 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 EU application system closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019
Offers will be made:Offers will be made by January 25th 2019

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by March 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by May 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

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

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 9 September 2019

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