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
Applied Drama and Theatre
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
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